Losing 20 pounds can be an extremely daunting challenge; many attempting to do so often give up before reaching their goal out of sheer frustration. Imagine the strength that it takes to lose and maintain a 100 pound weight loss. Eva G knows exactly how it feels.. because she can proudly add this to her long list of accomplishments. Is this luck? No. This is a result of dedication and commitment to reaching a goal, no matter how impossible it may have seemed at times. Recently featured in People Magazine’s “Half Their Size” edition, Eva was kind enough to share her story with my readers. See what she had to say:
First things first, congratulations on losing over 100 pounds! That’s amazing. How did you accomplish this?
My highest weight was 277 lbs. I have been overweight all my life. I toggled between a size 14 and 20 as a teenager. I was 19 and had a newborn daughter. I had gained 85 lbs during my pregnancy. I got to a size 24. I researched how to create a healthy weight loss diet for myself with low fat clean meals and healthy shakes. I bought a Taebo video and started working out at home. I found creative ways to cook healthy foods and journaled all of my food. Once I lost 40 lbs, I got a gym membership and started walking, running and working out on the elliptical machine. It took me about 16 months to lose the weight. Six months after I lost the weight and had gotten to about 155 lbs, I became pregnant with my second child. I gained 35 lbs that time and lost all the weight in 3 months. Over a year later I lost an additional 17 lbs and got down to 138. I have been maintaining my weight ever since. I currently workout 5 days a week.
Has losing weight changed your perspective on life and how to handle it’s many obstacles?
It has changed my life. I am healthy, confident and happy. Winning the battle of obesity has made me stronger in all areas of my life. I have more purpose in my life and this has created a more positive mindset in me.
I see that your husband is also active and living a healthy lifestyle. Do you have any advice on how to get your significant other and/or family on board with healthy living?
You have to show them that it can be done and that the benefits are worth the change. My results motivated my husband to join me. He has lost 79 pounds and now we support each other. If you get results they will want to join you too; trust me.
You were recently featured in People Magazine’s “Half Their Size” issue. How did you feel when you found out about this incredible news?
At first I was in disbelief. People Magazine found my story on Instagram. I am a sports nutritionist and health Coach for Herbalife. I have been coaching people all over the country on weightloss programs. I post my meals, workouts and motivational stuff. I tag my pics #halfmysize. They emailed me back in September and asked me to compete for a spot in their special edition issue. Once I received a couple more emails from them I knew it was real.
Does social media play any role in your weight loss success?
Yes; I use instagram and Facebook as a place to have a “fitspiration” page. Social media keeps me consistent because I have to lead from the front.
Do you still face any challenges or roadblocks during your weightloss journey?
I do sometimes. I have some excess skin on my stomach that bothers me but I look at it as a reminder of where I came from. I love sweets and have to battle that challenge everyday. Everything in moderation and I can stick to my goals and keep my results.
If someone bet you a million dollars to gain back every pound you lost, would you do it?
No. I love the life I live now; you can’t put a price tag on that.
If you could offer any advice to a woman reading this.. A woman that feels hopeless, depressed and sick of failed weight loss attempts, what would you say?
If I can do it, they can do it. You have to set small achievable goals and work up to bigger ones to make your journey become consistent. Healthy eating and an active lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and keep it off effectively. You owe it to yourself to win this battle. Dreams can come true.
To see daily inspiration, meal plan options, and progress pictures, please follow her on Instagram, Eve_fitchick.