I read this story from a social media, from my friend, Olivia July. So I wanna share it.
No, diet and exercise go together like a hand and glove. I say weight loss is 80% diet to 20% exercise. Changing the way you eat is crucial. When I was at my heaviest, my diet consisted of:
- Fried chicken, fish, pork chops, French fries--I fried everything.
Every Friday night we had fried fish, fries and mounds of coleslaw with artificial fruit punch or lemonade. I LIVED on the Minute Maid juices.
- Double Whoppers with extra cheese and extra mayo.
- Half of bars of cakes.
- Macaroni and cheese with heavy cream, butter and plenty of salt.
- Mashed potatoes with heavy cream and butter.
- Tubs of ice cream. Tubs.
- Candy bars, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes--if it was sugar, I inhaled it.
- I gorged on holiday food.
And it showed. It took me a long time not to cry when I looked back on old pictures. Although I didn't feel fat, I was dangerously obese.
I couldn't breathe at night without a CPap. I almost died.
Then my entire life changed and I was forced to confront all of the issues and baggage I've carried with me from childhood.
Physical and emotional abuse
Everything that I used food as a shield for.
The first thing I cut out was sugar. It was HARD. Then went the junk food, fast food, pastas, rice and potatoes.
I swapped cream for skim milk. I increased my fiber intake. Oatmeal replaced eggs with cheese with sides of bacon, ham and sausage.
And I got down with the workouts.
Despite what some misguided people think, ((Black women DO workout!))
It took a long time to take off the weight but I'm almost done.
I look at my before and after pics and am completely blown away.
Here I am at 297 lbs. I don't recognize myself in this picture.
And this is me now:
What a difference time makes… : )