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Alicia lost 100 pounds | Black Weight Loss Success

Transformation of the Day: Alicia lost 100 pounds. Facing a number of challenges, including grief, GERD, and high blood pressure, she realized her body and mind were in distress, and denial was not helping. She committed to discipline and fitness and got the tools to succeed, including Wegovy.

Alicia lost 100 pounds

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What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
The convergence of various circumstances served as the catalyst for embarking on this journey. Initially, the weight gain following the loss of my cousin to suicide compounded my ongoing struggle with mental health. Spiraling into a cycle of drinking and isolation, I found myself disengaged from life’s pursuits, neglecting my well-being both physically and emotionally. With worsening health issues such as severe GERD and the looming need for blood pressure medication at a mere 28 years old, I faced a stark reality: my body and mind were in distress, and denial only perpetuated the struggle.

Simultaneously, discontent brewed in my professional life as I realized the disconnection from fulfillment in my current career mirrored previous experiences. Recalling a long-abandoned aspiration from law school to become a JAG officer, I confronted the self-imposed limitations that had thwarted this dream.

In this, I discovered a new purpose: to confront grief, depression, and anxiety head-on, forsaking unhealthy coping mechanisms. I resolved to address the physical repercussions of poor lifestyle choices and to test my potential for military service by committing to discipline and fitness. This journey symbolizes not just a pursuit of self-improvement, but a testament to resilience and the power of reclaiming one’s narrative.

How did you change your eating habits?
My eating habits underwent a significant transformation when I began taking Wegovy in March 2023. Surprisingly, this marked the initial step in my journey even before incorporating exercise. Recognizing that physical activity tended to heighten my hunger, I believed Wegovy would help suppress my appetite, thus preventing my physical activity from being consistently undermined by excessive eating.

Due to the slower onset of food aversion and prolonged satiety, I find myself unable to consume even half of what I used to. Previously, I could indulge in an appetizer, a full meal, and three drinks before feeling satiated. Now, I forgo appetizers entirely, knowing that indulging in one would leave me unable to finish my main course. I limit myself to a single drink, as alcohol alone is sufficient to fill me up. Typically, I can only manage a few bites before feeling full, resulting in leftovers after every meal.

Until recently, the content of my diet had remained largely unchanged. However, I have recently made some minor adjustments in response to my new weightlifting regimen and calorie deficit. Recognizing the increased need for protein, I have switched to a plant-based milk option with higher protein content. I am incorporating more fiber-rich foods and opting for filling low-calorie options. While calorie counting can be exhausting, it complements the effects of Wegovy well, as my reduced appetite naturally limits my food intake. This necessitates a deliberate and mindful approach to my dietary choices.

What is your workout routine?
Currently, my routine consists of a one-hour walk every day, cardio (a 5k run) three times a week, and weightlifting sessions three to five times a week. On the days when I both lift weights and run, I prioritize weightlifting before the run. This typically occurs either in the morning after my walk or in the afternoon just before I go for my run on cardio days.

How often did you work out?

When I began my workout regimen in August 2023, I initially only used the elliptical for 30 minutes 5 days a week. After a few weeks, once my body adjusted to this routine, I increased the duration to 45 minutes. However, I soon found myself becoming bored with this routine, and my heart rate wasn’t reaching the levels it used to with just the elliptical alone. To add variety and intensity, I incorporated boxing for 20 minutes alongside 30 minutes on the elliptical. Yet, even this combination became monotonous over time.

Realizing the need for change, I confronted my reluctance towards running—an activity I had avoided. Running had always made me uncomfortable due to my lack of experience and concerns about my pace and appearance. However, recognizing its importance, especially in military fitness requirements, I confronted this challenge. I downloaded the Nike Run Club app and began following their 5k program. The accessibility and structure of the program proved invaluable in not only cultivating my running ability but also boosting my confidence to embrace this activity.

What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?

In December 2022, I reached my heaviest weight at 258lbs.

I started taking Wegovy in March 2023 when my weight was 249 lbs. It wasn’t until August 2023, when I had dropped to around 220 lbs, that I began exercising regularly.

As of February 2024, my weight has decreased to 158 lbs.

What is your height?

I’m 5’1″.

Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?

I have not undergone surgery. My approach to weight loss has been centered on achieving my goals through my own efforts. I believe in cultivating sustainable habits that endure over time. Surgery, if ever necessary, would be considered solely for skin removal purposes.

When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?

I started taking Wegovy in March 2023 when I weighed 249 lbs. Through the use of Wegovy alone, I managed to shed about 25 lbs.

In August 2023, when my weight had dropped to approximately 220 lbs, I began incorporating regular exercise into my routine.

Between August 2023 and December 2023, I lost an additional 39 lbs.

In total, from March 2023 to February 2024, I succeeded in losing a remarkable 91 lbs.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?

The most profound lesson I’ve embraced is the recognition of my humanity and the acceptance that comes with it. While setting goals and maintaining discipline are commendable, it’s equally vital to acknowledge the journey we’ve undertaken thus far and grant ourselves the grace to simply be human. Progress isn’t always linear; the scale won’t consistently tip downward, and not every workout will feel like a personal best. It’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in foods we enjoy in moderation, to experience frustration and fatigue, and to grant ourselves the rest we deserve.

Perfection isn’t the aim; progress is. We’re permitted to stumble along the way, to confront our limitations, and to rise above them. As long as we’re advancing from where we began, improving upon yesterday’s self, and transcending the barriers imposed by our insecurities, we’re on the right path. Embrace the journey, honor your humanity, and celebrate the growth that comes with it.

What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?

You don’t have to be head over heels for the process. I find every run challenging. Lifting weights isn’t my cup of tea, and the idea of switching up my routine doesn’t excite me. The gym doesn’t necessarily bring me joy. But here’s the thing: enjoyment isn’t a prerequisite for achievement.

What I do appreciate is how I now feel about my body. I relish the newfound comfort within my own skin. I cherish the absence of acid reflux disrupting my daily routine and the freedom from blood pressure medication. I revel in the ability to climb stairs without feeling like my lungs are failing me and the improvement in my quality of sleep. Most importantly, I adore the life that weight loss has afforded me.

If you’re not head over heels for your current routine, that’s okay. Find what you can tolerate, and focus on the rewards that await you on your weight loss journey. Embrace the journey, and let the promise of a healthier, happier future propel you forward.



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