58.4 Pounds Lost: Determined to be healthy, fit, confident, and comfortable in my own skin.

NAME : Eugenia / BEFORE WEIGHT : 246 / AFTER WEIGHT : 187.6 / POUNDS LOST : 58.4

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?  I could never find anything nice to wear in a size that I was comfortable with, because I refused to cross over to the plus size racks. I had gotten to a point where I was only wearing leggings or yoga pants. I never wanted to go out, because I didn’t have clothes that fit properly, and if I did, I’d sit in a corner. I was miserable, self-conscious, and I had such low self-esteem.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?  I was miserable, lazy, and nobody ever had anything good to say about me or the way I looked. I was extremely depressed because of my injury and my weight, and I honestly hated my life. I had two options. One was to continue eating until I killed myself, or to lose weight, change my life, and become healthy.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?  I signed up to do the TLS 21-Day Challenge to kickstart my weightloss and cleanse my body. I cut out the midnight snacking and sugary drinks, and I learned to eat healthy. I fell off for several months, and when I got back into it I went hard. I was meal prepping, eating on a schedule, and training hard in the gym. Haven’t looked back since.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?  When I first started, it took me a couple of months to see changes, because I was not working out at all. I was recovering from my injury, so I wasn’t cleared for physical activity. When I restarted in July, I started feeling results almost immediately, but it took some time for me to see results. I’d see it in pictures or clothes, but not when I looked in the mirror.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?  I had to overcome an injury, and I am struggling a lot financially, so the lack of funds is hard, but I am trying to make things work, because my health is important.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?  I’ve wanted to give up multiple times. Positive self-taught and having people tell me that I inspired them keep me going. I have never felt this good in my life, so I can’t give up.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?  Not so much a plateau, but after losing 24 lbs I turned back to food, and gained 13 lbs back over a few months. I finally snapped out of it because I hated looking in the mirror and my biggest sizes were getting tight again.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?  Getting into smaller sizes/bigger sizes getting loose, seeing muscle definition/growth, being able to do more reps at the gym or do things I could never do at one point, etc.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  I thought I was healthy because I would have salads a few days a week, however my salads were packed with fried chicken cutlets, cheeses, croutons, dressing, etc. I worked at a diner, so I would eat French fries and have milkshakes almost everyday, not to mention the pancakes and French toast I’d have a few times a week. Ice cream was my go to, so I would have it several nights a week, and I’d never leave the store without candy or chocolate.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?  I was lazy when I was heavier. If I went to the gym, it was only 1 day a week, or 2 on a rare occasion. I would do anything that was easy so that I didn’t have to push myself or get sore. Now I train at least 4 times a week, 6 on a good week. I was initially just strength and weight training, but I recently started incorporating cardio and some Barre classes here and there to work on my core.


  1. Meal prepping saved me. My coworkers always order out, and there are always snacks at work. Having prepped lunches saved me money, and I don’t give in to all the bad stuff or temptations at work because I don’t want to waste the food I bring with me.
  2. When water gets boring, I drink tea throughout the day. I buy loose leaf tea, so that I can make my own flavors to mix things up.
  3. I make different protein shakes that are kind of like imitation milkshakes, I freeze them, and I drink them when they’re thawing, and they taste like actual milkshakes.