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Get inspired by Sandra, a 31 years old single mom of 2 on her amazing weight loss transformation.
My name is Sandra and today I will be sharing my weight loss journey with you. Growing up as a chubby child, people constantly made fun of me and the way that I looked. It bothered me sometimes, but there was a time when I didn’t care as I was still happy with the way that I looked.
I got married at the very young age of 22 where I started gaining lots of weight after having children. I did not realize how much my weight was increasing until I had my second child. I was 122kg (or 268 pounds) at the age of 24 where I realized that I was becoming obese and it will only get worse if I don’t do anything about it.
People were still making fun of me and some were even calling me “big mama” because of my weight. I started having problems in my marriage and being overweight was one of the reasons. My, now ex-husband, made me feel uncomfortable with myself because he did not like the way that I looked. I lost my self-confidence and started feeling depressed because no matter how many times I tried to lose weight, it was hard to stay consistent and not eat junk food. I felt depressed and helpless which made it even harder to find the motivation.
It wasn’t until I got divorced that I finally decided to do something about it. At that time, I weighed 130kg (about 286 pounds). After my divorce, I was really messed up because of everything that I was going through which caused my weight to increase even more. At the same time, I had to take care of 2 kids under the age of 5 on my own, and I couldn’t stay active with them because I could barely run or play. I was constantly depressed and very tired all the time. This caused me to become an emotional eater; every time I felt sad and depressed, the more I ate.
At work, there were always treats and foods like pizza that I would eat, but after starting my weight loss journey, I started to bring my own lunch to work. I started making a smoothie every day for breakfast and when I was hungry during the day, I would drink smoothies or eat fruits instead of eating junk foods.
The first 4 months were very tough because there would be some days where I used to cheat on my diet and go back to my bad habits. However, I was determined because of my kids. I am still very young and I wanted to be able to play with them so I needed the energy in order to take care of them. I also wanted to feel confident, healthy, and be able to go on dates again.
Being a single mother and overweight is very tough and kids aren’t always able to understand why mom is always tired. Almost after 1 year of divorcing my ex-husband, I was determined to eat a clean diet and adapt to an exercise routine. I slowly started to cut out sugar, pops, and junk foods from my diet.
I also started to make meal plans every week. One day I weighed myself and saw that I had lost 5kg and I was very shocked but very happy at the same time. I had tears of joy for the first time in my life losing 5kg because I never thought it would happen. This increased my motivation and confidence and I even started to go to the gym. I started going to the gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes. Now, I go 5 times a week.
My weight loss has brought back my confidence and my self-esteem was regained. I realized that I can do anything that I previously did not think I was capable of. I thought I wouldn’t be able to raise 2 beautiful children alone, but now I am happier than ever. I have lost 62kg (about 136 pounds) in 1 year and 4 months with the help of eating healthy and exercising.
While going through my fitness and weight loss journey, everyone around me (my friends and family) were very surprised that I managed to lose this much weight in the given time frame. I started receiving a lot of compliments from my family and friends and that also boosted my confidence and took it to the next level. My friends also told me that I inspired them a lot and it’s good to see the community that I have built around me all because of my weight loss.
I hope this inspires anyone that is going through the same thing as me. Losing weight is not easy and it can be a burden both physically and mentally. However, with enough patience and being consistent, it is possible to lose weight. If I can do it, so can you. Do not listen to negative people because you will always be disappointed. Take your life in control by slowly cutting down the sugar and stuff that is making you crave it even more. Your body will start to change, and it will take time for sure but you need to put in the work as things do not change overnight.
Be consistent and you will one day see the changes that you have been waiting for. The number one motivation should be your health because, without it, we don’t have anything else. If our health isn’t our number one priority, then we are not able to improve other aspects of our life. Once I realized this, I dedicated to take matters into my own hand. By seeing dramatic changes to your body, you will have more energy and confidence.
Below are pictures of Sandra in which one she is a teenager, another one after having 2 kids, and the last one is of Sandra now, respectively 68 Kg (149 pounds).
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