It’s that time of the month on my blog! Time to feature someone who has totally turned their health around. I love these posts because the people in them are real people have done simple things to make themselves better. They have put in the work and deserve to be recognized for the transformation they have undergone. You can read about Jim and Alexander here.
This month it’s all about Jamika. Jamika and I lived in the same dorm back at NIU, good old Neptune North. While we didn’t hang out much, I always remember her with a smile on her face and usually singing! She was just a person who exuded happiness and it usually was contagious. Over the years, we obviously went out separate ways but Facebook meant that I could see what she was up to and boy was she up to a lot!
She really turned her health around and all her hard work was showing. I love that she didn’t do anything crazy, just started to move in ways that she enjoyed and eat food that was better for her health. And her results speak for themselves!
Name and Age:
What did you weigh before and how much weight have you lost?
I started at 333 lbs and have lost 125 1lbs
What made you want to turn your health around?
Honestly, it was a spiritual thing. I wanted to strive to be more more like God and I felt that becoming more disciplined in my health was a good start.
What did a typical day look like before you changed?
What was your goal when you first started?
My initial goal was to just get below 300lbs.
What did you do to change your diet and lifestyle?
What does a typical day look like now?
At night, I usually pack/plan my 3 meals for the coming day. I tend to take stairs more than elevators and I work out/dance for about 2hrs 4 times a week.
Who has been your biggest support?
My mom and my friends have been my biggest support.
Who or what is your motivation?
How do you stay motivated every day?
Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated but I always go back to my original inspiration, God, and I keep pushing.
What is your biggest struggle now?
What are your goals now?
My goals now are to tone up and gain more definition
What is your advice to those who are just starting to lose weight?
My advice is to embrace your personal journey and not base your success off of someone else. I also encourage individuals to have a goal and inspiration that goes beyond outside affirmations. Having at least one person that you can be 100% transparent with is essential because there will be many times of feeling defeated but that person should remind you that you are not.
I love that she told someone her goals and had them keep her accountable. It can be so easy to fall off the wagon if you try to do this alone. I also like that meal prep is a big part of her routine. If you just take a few minutes to plan out your day before hand you have a better chance of succeeding. See? Simple things that lead to big results. Thank you Jamika for sharing your story and keep up the awesome work!
Have you or someone you know turned their health around? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they could be in my next health feature!
Have a great Monday everyone!