Today we bring you the incredible story of Liana Saidah Sims. She lost 180 pounds over the course of 4 years. She didn’t get surgery, she didn’t use diet pills or crazy weight loss scams. She did it the natural way and has never felt better.
In Spring of 2007 Liana realized that she wanted to change. She was tired of avoiding the mirror. She remembered a passage that she had read that said,
“You can never change who you are until you embrace the person you are today”.
She thought about it and realized that she couldn’t accept who she was in the present because she was too fearful to look into a mirror. She knew that until she addressed the painful issues that went along with how she was, she would never really be able to change. She went on a dorm retreat and that was the beginning of her new life.
When she got to the retreat they asked them to write on paper their biggest fears, and she knew that all of hers centered around her weight. She left the retreat more determined than ever to lose the weight. She began with small changes in her lifestyle such as cutting out soda and juice and drank water only. Just with that small change she saw her skin clear and she began to lose weight. Then she cut out fried food, fast food, creamy dressings, red meat, and heavy breads or pastas. She also stopped snacking late at night. If she wanted sweets she only ate them before 2pm so she would have time to burn the calories off through the day.
Exercise was a gradual step for Liana. She began with simple things like taking the stairs instead of elevators, taking a bike to work, and took up a swim class. She then got a gym membership. She had a year where she plateaued and ended up losing no weight but still lost inches. She went back to the gym, did spin classes, and started counting calories. She says 80% of losing weight is about nutrition, eating proper foods and proper portions, and 20% is exercise. Now she is 180 pounds lighter and feeling better than ever.