There are a lot of different reasons why people want to lose weight. Some of them do it in regards to health conditions, and others do it to better their relationships. But today we want to tell you about a woman who found a source of power in her daughter. She said, “I wanted to be in good condition for my growing child. I felt like I needed to be in control of myself and do it for my child as well.”
We at Life Hacks were amazed by this story of transformation and can’t wait to share it with you!
Never be ashamed of your story for it may inspire others.
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(Swipe left) These two pictures and a couple more during my family vacation back in 2012 were my biggest wake up call. Especially the ones where I was in my swimsuit tanning🙈. I gained tons of weight during my late teenage years. I guess due to depression from moving away from the country I grew up in. I found comfort in food, became lethargic and really shy. From then on, I tried losing weight a few times which made my weight fluctuate up and down. I had my child in 2007 and I got even more bigger. I realized in 2012 during that summer that I can't live my life just dreaming and watching people live their life to the fullest. I can't sit around and not be active with my little one. And I can't risk having health issues. I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel alive for my child and I want to set a good example for her. That's my back story Since then I lost 100 lbs and kept it off. Right now I'm 15 lbs above my usual stage weight and that's okay because competing isn't in my plans at the moment. I have good and bad days just like everyone else. What matters is that even if I feel like I'm failing at some point, I keep going and I try my best everyday. My goal right now is to be stronger and build the best body I could achieve in the healthiest way possible without going to extremes. A fitness journey doesn't have a finish line. You're also never too old to start Before I get asked again. I didn't have any type or surgery to lose weight and I didn't have any type of skin surgery either. Just work hard and learn your own body Happy Tuesday! ☀️#transformationtuesday #keepgoing #positivevibes #motivation #nevergiveup #fitmom #bodypositive #weightloss #workhard @barbellapparel
Several pictures (including the left one in the photo above) became a big wake-up call for Christine Carlos in 2012. At that moment her weight was around 225 lb. This was the point where the journey to her healthy lifestyle began.
In her Instagram account, Christine reveals that she gained weight during her late teenage years. She supposes that moving away from the country she grew up in was the trigger and explained, “I found comfort in food, became lethargic and really shy.” Christine tried to lose weight several times, but those efforts ended with nothing.
In 2007 she delivered a baby and noticed that her weight had increased even more. She wrote, “I realized in 2012…that I can’t live my life just dreaming and watching people live their life to the fullest. I can’t sit around and not be active with my little one. I wanted to feel alive for my child and I wanted to set a good example for her.”
At first, she read some health magazines, trying to find any useful information that could help her reach her goal. She swapped processed and fried foods out for vegetables, ate minimal carbs and drank around a gallon of water per day. This was her everyday menu:
- Breakfast: oatmeal and eggs
- Lunch: salad with homemade vinaigrette
- Dinner: fish and vegetables
Above all, Christine changed her workout routine: she started with 45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week using the treadmill at a gym she joined.
“Now I really just want to be happy.”
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Owning your story and loving yourself is the bravest thing you can do. The pic on the left is not attractive but that's where I started. I'm not ashamed because it's who I was. The past is done and what matters is now and what's to come in the future. It takes a lot to change something that's been the same for years and it takes a stronger person to stick to that change 🙏🏼 – Starting weight was 225lbs and I've lost 100 lbs within a year. Right now I'm at 135-140 and have a less stricter diet but still workout daily. I never had any type of skin surgery or any surgery. My skin isn't perfect as you can see on the right pic and that's perfectly fine with me. We all have our own scars and I'm proud of mine as long as I have a healthier body and living a healthier life #transformationtuesday #weightloss #change #fitmom #igdaily #positivevibes #nevergiveup #selflove #ifbb #goals #inspire
When Christine first started seeing results, she moved forward and even took part in a bikini competition. She wrote, “I lost the weight, then I decided to compete to push myself further. Which made me diet even harder and workout even harder.” At that time, she took a break from the extremes and enjoyed balanced, healthy relationships with food, lifting and working out. Christine admitted, “For a while, I wanted to be skinny (or lose weight); then I wanted to be muscular; now I really just want to be happy.”
With each challenge, we grow mentally and emotionally.
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Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right, and your head up. Do well, live well, and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living❣️. . . #positivevibes #motivation #healthylifestyle #health #fitness #fitmom #picoftheday
This is how Christine looks now. Her weight fluctuates from 135 to 125 lb. She inspires people by sharing her past, showing her difficult journey and sharing her thoughts, “Motivation is not how you feel. Motivation is a choice. We choose what we want to do every day and the only person that can get us to reach our goal or stop us from reaching it is ourselves.”