Quick Answer = My beautiful wife.
She’s my inspiration. Back in May 2009 weighing nearly 100 lbs more, we decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle together. During that time, I watched her transform spiritually, mentally & physically – it was incredible. Her joyous tear filled reactions to seeing her images every time we took photos was akin to opening Christmas presents on Christmas day. I watched her self confidence, inner bad ass, & strength come out. I realized through our experiences that some people don’t have a support system to encourage & empower them. We believe that through the gift of photography, we can help fill that void, uplift the human spirit and expand horizons.
Total Pounds lost: 100+ lbs.
Web site: http://www.virginaperture.com
Weight-loss method: Primarily prayer and determination – supplemented with a sound diet, weight training, yoga and cardio. For supplements, I take omegas, multi vitamins, protein powder.
How long you’ve kept it off: It will be 10 years as of May, 2020. My starting weight in May of 2009 was 250 lbs. and by May of 2010, I weighed in at 137 lbs. Currently, I weigh 140 lbs.
Turning point: It was time to get it right. I didn’t feel attractive and I was going up in clothing sizes. My husband was trying to diet, however I didn’t cook healthy meals so his efforts failed. I used to lie on the beach or on a pool chair and never get up because I was self-conscious of my weight. My husband and I had a deep conversation and it started with one question – “Are you happy with yourself?” Both of us answered “no”. We prayed about it and our journey began.
Diet plan: Our diet centered around lean proteins, vegetables and “good” fats (almonds/natural PB) We started off cutting out sugars. We ate smaller portion meals throughout the day, as opposed to the standard “breakfast, lunch and dinner” meal plan. Now we intermittent fast (16/8)
Exercise routine: Weight training: 2-4 days a week, Yoga: 2 days a week, Cardio: 2-5 days a week
Secret to success: Prayer 1st , then consistency and momentum – as they pertain to our diet and workout activity
How life has changed: So much for the better. I love being able to go into any store and find clothes that fit. My husband and I have grown closer because we did it together and we are setting a great example for our daughter, friends and family members, encouraging them to take care of their health.