My name is Alexandra Iseghohi (@bodiedbyalexa), and I am 22 years old. I’m an entrepreneur living in Dallas, Texas. I started eating a low-carb diet and walking 10,000 steps a day to aid my weight loss after being unhappy and unconfident for too long. Now I’ve lost 66 pounds and feel better than ever.
I never really dealt with weight issues growing up, but my self-confidence was very low. People frequently called me “thick.” Oh, how I hated that word back then, even when it was meant to be a compliment.
I just wanted to feel good about myself, inside and out. I had tried countless times to lose weight, using numerous techniques, all to no avail. My main issue was consistency. I never could get past losing 5 to 10 pounds without quitting.
My turning point came in February 2018. I visited a friend and got on a scale for the first time in months.
I saw a number that I wasn’t prepared for, over 200 pounds. I felt sad and angry that I had let myself go. I knew immediately I had to make my health a priority in order to feel great. That was the important part. I started my journey the same day I got on that scale.
I was still uninformed about nutrition when I started my weight loss journey. But I went home in a rage and threw out every piece of junk food I had. I also went to the store, went down the produce aisle, and bought *tons* of veggies.
Eventually I settled on following a low-carb diet, and I eat mostly veggies and protein.
Watching my carb intake has worked for me long-term because it’s not restrictive. I don’t end up bingeing because I’m not depriving myself of any foods I love.
Here’s what I eat in a day now:
Breakfast: A bowl of sliced fruits.
Lunch: 1/4 cup rice, grilled salmon, and 1 cup steamed broccoli.
Dinner: A chicken salad or chicken soup (I don’t like to eat heavy before bed).
Snack: When I do need a snack, my go-to is a Greek yogurt and a handful of almonds, or baby carrots with ranch dressing.
Dessert: A red apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter. The sweetness of the apple satisfies my sugar cravings.
I started working out the day I began my journey. I was very pumped.
I made a goal to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and felt so good about it. The following week, I started working out at the gym in my apartment building. I did the elliptical and treadmill five days a week for an hour, for about six months. I never missed a day!
Now, I’m currently more into strength training, core training, and flexibility training. I also discovered a love of yoga, and I love finding my new strengths in nailing those poses. I still work out five times a week.
My mindset change made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.
I found serious determination. Not being in the right, motivated mindset can derail everything. You have to tell yourself you can do this and hold yourself accountable. I also did my best to stay disciplined. This is my biggest struggle, and I am still…