Losing weight is a mental and physical transformation which is personal and unique to each individual. From the outside, you never know what a person may have been dealing with or what prompted a change. For Carese, this change was drastic and it was unfortunately triggered by tragedy. Several years later and over 100 pounds lighter, Carese has the mental and physical strength to share her story which is not only powerful, but extremely motivating.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about your story. What was going on in your life that gave you this weight loss motivation?
Since I can remember, I had always been heavy set. I thought, “The way I am- is the way I am supposed to be”. I never put my health as a priority.
It wasn’t until 2012 that things changed. I lost my husband and my mother…one month apart. That was obviously a devastating time for me. They were the two most important people in my life (beside my kids).
After my loss, all I wanted to do was stay in bed and eat. I felt that was the only way to deal my grief. It was a comfort to eat… and I was slowly killing myself.
I vividly remember that one day, I was looking for my shoes under my bed go to the store and pick up more ice cream… and I couldn’t get up. My knees almost gave out.
All I could do at that moment- was cry.
My life wasn’t my life anymore and I didn’t want to move on.
It was a traumatic time for me, but the more I thought about it, I knew that there was a reason why I was still here.
I knew I had to make a change.
That is a lot to deal with in such a short amount of time. What were your next steps after you decided it was time to “make a change”?
I will be honest, at first it wasn’t easy and I often fell off the wagon- but I didn’t give up. I had a history of losing weight and putting it back on. Classic case of the “yo-yo” diet.
But this time was different. I wanted it for myself more than others wanted it for me.
So I started slow by walking 30 minutes every other day until I had the energy to do a little bit more.
Once I started exercising and was consistent, I looked at what I was eating. It didn’t make any sense for me to exercise and still eat the junk I was eating.
You know, I really didn’t see myself on a diet. I just told myself that I need a healthy lifestyle.
During this time, I also decided to stay away from the scale and just keep doing my healthy thing, and not worry so much about the number (it can get discouraging). This approach actually worked, because I could tell my clothes were not fitting me anymore. My family and friends are so amazed by my weight loss transformation, they always ask what I am doing. Some even ask if I had “THE SURGERY”.
After having my loved ones taken from me, I needed to take control of my life. All I really wanted was to be healthy and happy… I think that I have achieved it!
That’s fantastic- it is so motivating to know you took a tragic event in your life and made a positive end result for you and your family. Now when it comes to exercising, we heard that walking is a “thing of the past” for you.
Ah, Yes! I LOVE my sprint running. It keeps me moving and energized throughout the day. And if I’m not sprint running, I’m doing some type of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I love the fact that all it takes is 45 minutes in the gym to get a good burn and boy, does it burn!!!
HIIT is intense! How do you stay so energized during training?
My secret weapon- Celsius! I drink one every morning before my sprint run. This helps me to take my training to the next level. I heard about Celsius from my cousin who told me that you can actually burn more calories with this product. So I figured, why not try it out. And WOW- I can feel the energy and see the difference from my training. This product changed my life and my health- it makes me feel good!
So on this amazing 100 pound weight loss journey that you have experienced, what are some of the tips you can tell others who need weight loss motivation or are looking to make healthy transformations in their lives?
Just think about the outcome. My new motto is, “When You Look Good, You Feel Sexy!” LOL!
I also keep my previous pictures to help me stay on track. I worked too hard to transform my body for me to slip back. This whole journey has helped me feel more alive and at peace. I also love inspiring others to take control of their health. Hey- if I can do it, so can you!
Carese, we cannot thank you enough for being so open and honest about your story. By sharing with us, you give insight and motivation to others who are struggling mentally and physically in their own lives. We wish you the best of luck with the rest of your journey. Keep smiling!
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