Transformation of the Day: Chanequa lost 70 pounds. Her wake-up call came when she couldn’t go skydiving with friends due to the weight requirement. For several years, she has figured out the right mix of healthy food, exercise, and discipline to achieve long-term success.
When did you start your journey?
My weight loss journey started in 2016. I was at the highest weight I’ve experienced in my life. I remember I wanted to go skydiving with my friends, but I looked up the weight requirements… 250 pounds was the max! I was at the max! I felt so ashamed and knew I had to do something about this.
How did you change your lifestyle?
I began working out three days a week and mainly ate salads and fruit. In addition, I would bake different meats and have a vegetable on the side to make simple meals.
Over the years, I’ve tried all the diet plans, but none were sustainable. I’ve recently been transitioning to a vegan/plant-based diet. I love fresh fruit juice, so I do a lot of juicing and make a lot of smoothies. I’ve learned to listen to what my body wants.
I do not miss dairy at all and feel horrible if I do eat it. The meat transition has been more challenging, but it’s more mental for me.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Starting Weight: 250 pounds
Current Weight: 180 pounds
Total Weight Lost: 70 lbs
I’ve weighed 180 pounds for the past two years. I’ve just lost fat, gained muscle by lifting weights, and monitored what I eat!
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned so far?
The most important thing I’ve learned in my journey is that motivation won’t always be there, but discipline should be. I’ve also learned consistency is so important!
What is your workout routine?
I work out five days a week. Recently, I started doing yoga about four days a week. This amount of activity took me years to build up to, so my advice to other women would be not to compare your journey to anyone else’s because it will not be the same. Push yourself and know that you can do anything. And lastly, do it well, even when you don’t feel like it!