Transformation of the day. Chanel has lost 138 pounds. She is a nurse, proud mother of five, and health coach. Chanel transformed her body and lifestyle by focusing on nutrition and fitness, and she maintained her results for four years. Check out his story.
What was your motivation?
I was tired of feeling tired. I was tired of feeling trapped in my own body. I wanted to be an example to my children.
What inspired you to keep going even when you felt like giving up?
I always remember my “why” that kept me going even when I wasn’t motivated. I remembered how far I had come and that kept me going.
How have you changed your eating habits?
First I started counting my calories. Then started focusing on macros. I don’t drink soda unless it has sugar in it. I can drink sugar free soda 2-3 times a week if that. I stopped drinking alcohol because it slowed my progress.
I became a certified macro coach to better understand nutrition. Through that process, I learned the importance of fueling my body and not restricting food groups.
What was your workout routine?
I lifted weights four days a week and did some form of cardio like bike or walk 4-5 days a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 333 pounds and my current weight is 195 pounds.
How tall are you?
I am 5’6″.
When did you start your weight loss journey?
My journey began in 2011 and I lost 88 pounds in 6 months (starting at 298). Fast forward to baby five, I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and my weight ballooned to 333 pounds. So I had to restart my journey again.
How long did your transformation take?
It took two years to lose the weight and I have been maintaining my weight loss for four years now.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, not weight loss surgery. However, I had skin removal surgery after losing 130 pounds.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
First, find supportive people and find a coach who can write a customized program just for you to help you reach your goals. Also, take the time to learn about food.
Assess your past to see what worked for you and what didn’t. Give yourself some grace. Things aren’t always going to be perfect, and that’s okay.