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February 25, 2016

Weight Loss Transformation – Before and After

Post by Lilina Conde

The picture on the left was me back in 2008 – 190lbs, size 12 and I was 20 years old. I was very young, with very low self-esteem, didn’t pay attention to what I was eating, and wasn’t taking care of my body (mentally and emotionally).

I’ve struggled with weight my entire life, I’ve done all the diets you can possibly imagine, lost weight and gained it again, but that time was my worst. That year, I was having medical problems and hit bottom, that’s when I realized I had to do something for myself.

I went to a nutritionist and started eating “healthy” but still didn’t know what I was doing and just following what that diet said. It was a long journey and I lost 45lbs before my graduation day.

Then, I moved to Texas after graduation and gained 20lbs again losing all my motivation. Then, I started following fitness people on Twitter and learned more about nutrition, workouts, etc. that made me change my perspective about diets and realized that the only diet that works is “eating healthy and busting your ass off at the gym”.

I went from size 12 to size 4 and 135lbs just by doing that and learning more and more about healthy habits all by myself plus an exercise routine at the gym and lots of cardio. After 2 years of going to the regular gym and working out by myself, I decided to do something else that keeps my motivation going, that’s when I started doing crossfit (picture on the right – 2015).

I admit I was a CrossFit hater because of all the hype and trendy stuff going on, but then I decided to open my mind and try it out. That was love at first sight, I fell in love with CrossFit, the community and the way this sport keeps you going for more. That, combine with the healthy cooking, has been an amazing improvement in my life and I can tell you that it makes me a happier person.

Since I love cooking, I learned how to convert fattening meals into healthy ones and make my healthy habits more fun. That’s how @healthymealsprep started back in 2013 as a hobby and I never imagined that I was going to make an impact and inspire people.

You can’t imagine how much it means to me when you say “oh I followed your recipe for X dish”, “I’m getting snack ideas from your posts, thanks” ..for all of that I say THANKS for the support!! I’m very blessed.