Today’s client spotlight lost 47 pounds. That’s the weight of your average first or second grader.
Rashawn is actually my “client” spotlight because she’s not a client at all – she’s my nanny. Beyond modeling healthy behavior and allowing her to pick my brain from time to time, I played no role in her success. She did it all on her own.
Client or not, Rashawn deserves some time in the spotlight. Over the past 16 months, I’ve witnessed her completely transform herself through dedication, determination, and patience. She succeeded above all because she recognized that a diet is a way of life – not something we go “on” and “off.” I am so proud of Rashawn and grateful for the opportunity to share her story with you.
What motivated you to make an improvement to your lifestyle? What goals did you have?
My motivation came from one day stepping on the scale and seeing it read 225 pounds. I was 28 at the time and told myself, “you have carried this weight around since high school; getting weight off after 30 is much harder.” With those thoughts, I made a goal to lose 30 lbs (minimum) and fit into a size 10 before my 30th birthday (Aug 28, 2017).
What are your accomplishments since pursuing those goals?
Since May 2016, I have lost 47 pounds (from 225 pounds to 178 pounds) and achieved better control of my exercise and eating habits.
To what do you attribute those accomplishments?
In the beginning, I did not enjoy the thought of exercise, and I lacked the motivation to get it done. I decided, if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it on my terms. I love to dance, so I purchased dance DVDs and made a goal to exercise 3-4 times per week. I also made a goal to eliminate 1 bad habit a month. The first habit I eliminated was drinking juice and soda. I swapped these beverages for flat and sparkling flavored water (without aspartame). Then I eliminated red meats and fast foods and tried new low carb recipes (thanks to Chris and Pinterest). After a month of the dance tapes, I found that I lost 10 pounds and had energy that was once lost. Following the DVDs, I purchased a Fitbit watch, began walking a lot more, and joined a gym. I focused on cardio and core workouts and using elliptical and ab machines. As I continued to familiarize myself in the routine of working out, I also began to make monthly challenges, such as no artificial sugars and no caffeine. Months later, I began juicing and adding them into my regular diet. Each challenge started out hard, but as I continued the process, I began to feel mentally stronger, physically happy in my results, and more and more confident in myself as I gladly swapped my size 16 for a size 10!
What goals do you have moving forward?
Going forward, I will continue to build my strength by working out and making more challenges for myself. I have committed to a lifestyle change of healthy eating and exercise. Overall, I desire to be confident, happy and live a long fulfilling life.
What health and wellness advice do you have for other women based on your personal journey?
It’s never too late and anything is possible. Diving into lifestyle changes takes time. Start slow, eliminate one bad habit at a time and replace it with a healthy one. If exercise seems intimidating, start with your diet. Good food choices will provide so much more energy – you’re going to want to get up and move! Next, find time to get outdoors. A nice walk and fresh air does wonders!! Lastly, do something you love and challenge yourself. You’re capable of more than you think. There will be bad days, but that is never a reason to quit. Tomorrow is always a perfect day to start over. Just make sure you start!