October 16, 2021

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One of The Biggest Factors in My 100-Pound Weight Loss Was Cutting Out Alcohol

Photo credit: Karmen Chenelle Orr
Photo credit: Karmen Chenelle Orr

From Prevention

My name is Karmen Chenelle Orr (@k_chenelle_fitness), and I am a 30-year-old certified fitness trainer and sports nutritionist in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2015, my family went through a devastating, life-changing experience when my husband was paralyzed in a hit-and-run car accident. I’d given birth to my daughter two years prior and hadn’t dropped all my baby weight.

During this traumatic time in our lives, I became depressed and started eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I wasn’t into sweets, but I ate big meals without any kind of portion control. I was also drinking alcohol daily. These unhealthy habits caused my weight to spike substantially.

When I first decided to start my weight-loss journey three years ago, I was at my highest weight of 270 pounds. My cousin took a picture of me and posted it on social media, and I did not recognize myself. I knew I had to make a change.

I started my healthy-eating plan by not even acknowledging it was a “diet” because the word has such a negative connotation.

I decided to abstain from the things that I turned to the most and that hindered me from getting back to me. I made lifestyle changes, as opposed to “diet” changes, that included not consuming alcohol or sodas, and not eating rice, breads, and pork. I used healthier recipes as substitutions for less-nutritious food cravings.

I also got really into making healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies, and they became a big part of my new healthy lifestyle.

Here’s what I typically eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: A fruit and veggie smoothie (berry, pineapple and spinach), two slices of turkey bacon, and one boiled egg

  • Lunch: Turkey wrap with veggies

  • Snack: Fruit and veggie smoothie, fruit, or a small handful almonds

  • Dinner: Chicken breast, steamed asparagus, and sweet potato

  • Dessert: Fruit smoothie with maca powder or chia seeds

I purchased a gym membership and started working out right away.

I started out doing at-home workouts because I wasn’t super comfortable at the gym. Once I grew more comfortable, I went to the gym three days a week for 30 minutes a day.

Right now, I am back to my at-home workouts, and I work out at least five times a week. I love doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight-loss results.

  1. I stopped drinking alcohol. This limited my time partying, and I spent more time finding ways to make myself better. I started focusing on my fitness business, which has given me a positive and impactful platform to motivate and inspire women of all shapes, colors, and sizes.

  2. I got my family exercising with me. I started making exercise a very important part of me and my family’s lifestyle. I make sure that we remain active every day of the week. I make sure to keep active with my workouts at least five days a week to continue to reach my goals and strive for a healthy lifestyle of longevity.

  3. I drink tons of water. Now, my family drinks water more than any other juices or milks. Water has become a big part of our lives, and we know proper hydration is a key element of a healthy body.

Overall, I lost 100 pounds naturally over the course of three years.

Embrace the journey and understand that it takes time. Weight loss is not a race. There is a lot mentally that you have to process through, but trust the process. Most of us have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight, but don’t focus on the scale. Focus on how you feel. The changes will come, but show up every day and put in the work.

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