Transformation of the Day: Ashlee lost 17 pounds. She found success with portion control and intermittent fasting. Working with a supportive personal trainer has also been key to her success.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I lost a lot of weight before the pandemic and then gained it back during the pandemic. What motivated me was knowing how I was before and not liking how I looked in pictures. I also wanted more energy without drinking energy drinks and coffee. What keeps me going is my results.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started intermittent fasting. I played around with times and found out that eating between 10 am and 6 pm works best.
I took a sabbatical from drinking, no sugars, or processed foods. I also used portion control. My boyfriend and I had an agreement not to eat out as much and to cook more meals.
After I lost more than 10lbs, I ate some foods in moderation. For example, if I wanted an oreo, I ate the serving size. I also detoured for 15 days. It was tough to go through that, and I had a lot of toxins in my body.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in November 2021 and lost a little weight on my own. However, March 2022 is when I got the trainer, detoxed, took a sabbatical from drinking, and started intermittent fasting.
Tell us about your workout routine.
I found a personal trainer who listened to my wants and needs and educated me. I work out with my trainer two times a week and do kickboxing 2-3 times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 185 pounds, and now I weigh 168 pounds. I have eight more pounds until I reach my goal weight!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
My biggest lesson is to eat everything in moderation.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
My advice for women starting a weight loss journey is to start when they are mentally ready. If you are not mentally prepared, you will find yourself stopping and starting the process multiple times.
Do not call eating healthier a “diet.” A diet is short-term, but changing how you eat lasts a lifetime. Also, find workouts that you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like you are punishing yourself every time you exercise.