Transformation of the Day: Nissa lost 69 pounds by embracing sustainable lifestyle changes and being consistent. She shared with us the nutrition and fitness routine works for her and has allowed her to keep the pounds off for years.
Her coaching website: www.bodybynissafitnesscoaching.com
What was your motivation?
The one thing that has motivated me to maintain my weight loss all these years is the progress and new knowledge that comes with it. I have learned so much about fitness, nutrition, and what different body types will need and adapt to. Another thing that keeps me motivated is helping others do the same thing. Deciding to become a coach has been such a blessing. Helping someone feel good in their skin is a feeling like no other. With that being said, I HAVE to lead by example and practice what I preach.
How did you change your eating habits?
Over the years, I have learned that nutrition is the absolute key to achieving and maintaining your physique goals. Without the proper balance of carbs, fats, protein, and fiber, you will spin your wheels and find yourself “starting over” every Monday.
In the past, I would do well during the weekdays and ruin all of my progress on the weekends. It was a battle that I never won. Once I approached my nutrition in a realistic and sustainable manner, my entire life and physique changed.
What is your workout routine?
My strength training routine usually consists of the following:
- Monday: Lower body/glutes
- Tuesday: Back and biceps.
- Wednesday: Core, mobility, foam roll, stretching.
- Thursday: Lower body/glutes
- Friday: Shoulders, triceps, traps
- Saturday: Core, mobility, foam roll, stretch
- Sunday: Rest/active recovery with a light walk.
Regarding cardio, I do 25 min treadmill incline walk four times per week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 209 pounds. My current weight is 140 pounds.
What is your height?
My height is 5’3″.
When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in 2014. I noticed the most change when I gained new nutrition knowledge and executed a new plan of action in 2015. I would say it took a solid nine months to see a drastic change. But initial change can literally start in one week if you are dedicated enough and hit your macros properly.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, I did not have weight loss surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that nutrition is EVERYTHING. There is no magical way to lose fat and keep it off. It comes down to dedication and consistency. I was CONSISTENTLY blowing my diet and eating more than my body needed. While I wanted to blame my metabolism, genetics and make it everyone else’s fault, it was MY responsibility to hold myself accountable and make a change. I had it take FULL responsibility for my health and the position I had gotten myself into.
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight? My biggest piece of advice would be to take responsibility and lock in on your health goals. Take it one day, one workout, one meal at a time. The moment you truly get sick and tired of being uncomfortable in your own skin is the moment you will stop playing.
It does take time, it does take patience, and it can be VERY frustrating. I am NOT always motivated, nor do I always make healthy decisions. I love me some cookies, too, lol! But 90% of the time, I eat according to my goals. The gym is just a cherry on top. Make your time NOW! You can see the change in a matter of 7 days. You just have to want it bad enough.