Dropping 20 Pounds and Keeping Them Off!

One of the best feelings is realizing you have lost weight and look absolutely fabulous. I remember the day I realized I lost 10+ pounds. I had just gotten out the shower and was getting ready to head out, I looked at my body on the mirror and realized I looked thinner. Then I pulled out my fave pair of skinny jeans (Yall know which one I’m talking about, the one that you have been saving for when you lost those extra pounds, because you simply could not let go. Yes, that one) and to my surprise it fit a lil big. I did not know what to do with myself, I kept on admiring my body thinking to myself, “Girl, you look great!.” After 20 minutes of much needed self love, I decided to get dressed and actually head out. A few days later I got on the scale to see how much weight I lost (I was thinking about 15pounds) and was thrilled to learn I had lost 22pounds!!!
Progress Photo
So, how did I lose those unwanted 22pounds? For starters, I didnt even know I needed to lose 22 pounds or in the words of my bff, that I had 22 pounds to lose. First, you have to cut some things out your diet. It doesn’t matter how much you workout, the faster way to see results is by having a balanced diet.
Here are some of my do’s and don’ts.
  • Fruits (I usually have one for breakfast every morning, and as a snack I love green apples and mandarines).
Clean Eating
  • If you have a specific type of food you simply cannot stop eating, find healthier ways to cook it. (for example, I love sweet plantains, now instead of frying them, I boil them. Is not the same but I am satisfied.
  • Try healthier meals. If you like to eat fish, or seafood try grilling, and steaming. Both methods are healthier and in some cases faster.
lean meat
  • Try not to eat out often. Sometimes when we eat out, we venture into foods we should stay away from, the best thing to do is treat yourself once in a while.
  • No rice, no fried foods, no sodas, and little to no juice. (I really keep these things to a minimum, they have a lot of calories and should be eaten in moderation. I do drink juice but water is my first choice.)
no rice
  • It is important that you eat three times a day and have your snacks in between. Keep your metabolism busy with smaller portions.
  • Alcohol (I am a social drinker and some days I feel like I need a drink to unwind. However, I limit myself to a glass of wine or two a week. I stay away from mixed drinks and hard liquor.)
  • Run. I did not start running until my last year in college. When I lived in Honduras I found out I was doing it wrong (who would have thought there was a proper way to run? yea me either). I started running on the tracks by my house. At first I could only handle running one lap and walking the next. Now, I can run roughly about 4 miles in under 45 minutes outside. I really try to do this a minimum of 3 times a week, some weeks are better than others but this has been a major part of my weight loss. I am proud to say I ran my first half-marathon in April and will be running my first marathon in September.


  • I also have a workout routine, that doesn’t require a gym. All I use are a set of 10 pounds weights, some stairs and a chair (Look out for the workout next week)
  • I have added yoga to my routine! (Hi Youtube)


These are some of the key elements of my weight loss. The best way to keep the way off is to maintain your routine. Once you change your diet, your body will demand that you eat healthier, and maintain the changes. Do not stop working out, and dieting. Loosing weight and keeping it off, requires that you change your lifestyle.

A month ago I started my own fitness group to help individuals like you and I achieve their weight loss goals. Being healthy is not only about being lossing weight, it is about keeping the weight off in a healthy and sustainable way. iAmHealthyFit hosts bootcamp sessions for all levels and ages in both Harlem and the Bronx. Please be on the lookout for ideas for workouts, healthy meals and everything in between! If you would like to join the iAmHealthyFit Family please leave me a message to help you get started!
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