A Grandmother’s 65 Pound Weight Loss Journey
Meet Joyce – a fun-loving, 60-years-young grandmother who stands at 5’4.5″ and began her health journey in 2018 using the Strong.Bold.Healthy Plant-Based 21-Day Meal Plan program.
Since transforming her way of life, Joyce has nearly rid herself of arthritic aches and pains, feels energized daily and has dropped 4 dress sizes!
I had the opportunity to catch up with Joyce for a little Q&A. Get ready to be inspired by her health journey success…
Q&A with Joyce
Question: Why did you begin to use the SBH Plant-Based 21-Day Meal Plan program?
Joyce: I have had a personal trainer on and off for several years who kept encouraging me to give up meat but I didn’t want to, so I kept trying other diets.
[At one point], I just knew I was done with different diets… I was concerned about my age and time was ticking to be the healthiest I could be. I saw people in their 80’s hiking and I knew that’s where I want to be, but I couldn’t get there unless I made a major change in my life.
I just didn’t know how to get started to change my focus on vegetables, beans, rice, etc. and get away from meat and dairy. After talking with [you] and reviewing [your] plan, it was easy to read and follow. Everything was laid out for me and that’s what I needed.
Question: What was life like before changing your lifestyle?
Joyce: I used to take 2 Advil or rapid release Tylenol every night to be able to sleep and wake-up with reduced pain. I have degenerative arthritis in my spine and daily aches and pains around my hips. I was worried I would have to limit my hiking, and I just did not want to do that, nor rely on pills.
Question: How do you feel now?
Joyce: I feel so much better! I don’t have the quantity of aches and pains like I used to, feel more energized daily and no longer take medication for my arthritis. Between the eating plan and exercising and stretching, I have reduced the majority of my pain. Once in a while I will take some Tylenol because of a hard workout and my muscles are sore, but a good sore.
Question: How much weight have you lost?
Joyce: I think that’s about a 65 pounds loss [in 3 years]! It is a journey; small changes each year and not a big change at once. I never want to go back. I still want to take off 30 more pounds if I can, but baby steps have been working fine. I don’t deprive myself really… I still have a little chocolate once in a while.
Question: What other results have you experienced?
Joyce: [I] can walk steps without fear of my knees giving out, and I feel better about myself when I look in the mirror. Right now, I’m at the beach, actually feeling good that I fit in a size 14 bathing suit unlike my [size] 22 three years ago.
Question: What health tips have helped you on your journey?
Joyce: [I know] plant-based [eating] reduces inflammation and I can feel full on a plant-based [diet]. I eat breakfast within 30 minutes [of waking], eat 5 small, healthy meals and snacks 2.5-3 hours [apart] every day, stop eating at night so that I have at least 10 hours of fasting, eat greens at lunch and dinner, stop eating when I feel full, when temptation becomes strong to waver then I reach out for support, get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, and if I have a larger meal then I eat it at lunch.
Question: What has been the easiest part of the journey and what has been the most challenging part of the journey?
Joyce: The easiest was [the SBH Plant-Based] ebook with the meals planned out. I didn’t have to think about what I was having; I just picked 2 days at a time to make meals for about 5 days. [The most challenging part was] after a while, when I felt confident to waver a little, if I went too far off plan with sweets and chocolate (over winter holidays), then I struggled to give up that sugar addiction to get back on track. Others – like family and friends – stepped in to give me pep talks and encouragement so I could focus again on my journey. My journey isn’t over, but now I know what works for me and what doesn’t, so temptation around me isn’t that strong.
Question: What’s your best advice to those who want to begin their journey?
Joyce: You need to be ready – I mean serious to make a change in your life. You need to tell yourself this IS NOT a diet, this is a lifestyle change for whatever your reason – whether it’s for weight loss, reduction of pain and increased energy or just better quality of life. Also, when starting your journey, surround yourself with positive-attitude-people who will support you and give you encouragement.
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