Transformation of the Day: Staci lost 50 pounds. Her initial goal wasn’t weight loss. Instead, she wanted to create a healthier lifestyle and be a good example for the next generation. By journaling and paying attention to what was causing her migraines and other symptoms, she figured out what changes she needed to make, like cutting out red meat.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I have serval keys to motivation. The first is my physical and mental health. After being diagnosed with chronic migraines, trips in and out of the hospital, and multiple test trials of medication, I decided I needed a change. I needed to get to the source of what was causing my health issues to resolve them. This became a fight for my health, and I was determined to win.
I started journaling everything. I noticed patterns of foods and habits that were sources of my headaches and mood swings and decided it was time to make a change.
Years into my health commitments, I noticed my daughter mimicking my new habits and started taking her health into consideration at an early age. We are the blueprint for the next generation to come. I just want to set the best example physically and mentally for them.
How did you change your eating habits?
Yes, my change in batting habits started in 2017. First, I started journaling, which helped me understand my relationship with food. Alongside journaling, I began to dive deeper into researching different foods and their health trigger.
I realized that red meat was a direct source of my migraines. Dairy was a cause of the built-up mucus in my body (causing colds, etc.). Also, animals hold heavy energy before being slaughtered, which can be transmitted to you when consumed. So I decided to start with a month of no dairy, no meat (including chicken), less sugar, and more water. I noticed a mood shift immediately after that month and decided to stick with it.
It didn’t start as a direct “weight loss” mission for me. I WANTED A BETTER AND HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. I wanted to feel good. Later down the line, I tried other eating habits, including veganism, which introduced me to many new and different alternatives to food. I have since settled for a pescatarian, low sugar, non-dairy lifestyle, and I have found a love for juicing! Once I had a better grasp on my relationship with food, I was prepared for the next phase, which was working out.
What is your workout routine?
I started my journey with a trainer. We worked out five times a week for an hour. We did cardio, HIIT classes, and weight training. He played a major part in holding me accountable for showing up and pushing me to finish every work at my best. He also taught me the correct formations. With his help, I hit my goal of 175 lbs.
I found a love for yoga and have incorporated that into my lifestyle and workout routines. I also have a membership with Merritt Fitness Club. I go 5-6 times a week. I do cardio and weight training and participate in some classes.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 225 pounds, and my current weight is 175 pounds.
What is your height?
My height is 5’6″.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started my official weight loss journey in January 2019. I began to notice results within three months of full commitment and training. I would say that within a year, I hit my goal weight.
I have been on this journey for about four years now. Of course, with life trials, it has had its ups and downs/starts and stops, but I am committed to this lifestyle.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that “mindset is everything.” Once you change your mindset and lock in on a goal, you are unstoppable. That goes for not just weight loss but also life overall. I believe that the mind is the driving force. So every time I feel an urge arise that does not align with my focus, I can catch it, go straight to my thoughts and ask myself, “Are my thoughts aligning with my goals?” If not, how do I change my thoughts?
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Stay Consistent. It’s easier said than done, but the cheat code is if you feel yourself falling off or simply not feeling it, check in with yourself. Weight loss is not just about working out and eating healthy. It’s about a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. So give yourself grace. Understand you won’t pick the fruit the same day you plant the tree. Trust the process. You got this!