Savannah Ortiz is a 23-year old girl, from Austin, Texas who used to weigh 243 pounds. But, one day a traumatizing experience with her mother made her realize that it was time for a change. When her mother had to have her foot amputated as a result of diabetes that she developed due to obesity, Savanah got worried about her own health. “She had toes amputated off her right foot and, shortly after, kidney failure. She was basically on her death bed and all I could do was sit there and watch.”
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The near-death experience of her mother shocked the girl. She told POPSUGAR, “At 18, I was killing my body from the inside out and my body was working a lot harder than it should be for a person of my age. I didn’t want life to continue to pass me by and I didn’t want to wait till my health was in jeopardy for me to have a wake-up call.” It’s then when Savannah got afraid that she might be next and had her wake up call.
However, Savannah didn’t change anything for a year and a half after the scary event, saying: “I just didn’t know where to start.” The girl was done being called ‘Cookie Monster’ by bullies. As a 23-year- old she was missing out a lot of opportunities because of her size and lack of confidence. She said, “I was done feeling depressed and sad. I would smile all the time but was never truly happy. I wanted to love what I saw in the mirror, not constantly hate it.”
After tipping the scale at 243lbs as a result of years of eating fast food and takeouts, she started her weight loss journey at age of 20. She started with low-calorie meals that she later replaced with shakes. Savannah said, “Along with cardio, the weight melted off.” She has lost incredible 97 pounds and her weight goal is 143 pounds!
At the begging she was completely oblivious when it comes to working out and sports. All she knew was that she needed to sweat. Savanah who is a huge fan of Kevin Durant began her journey during the NBA playoffs. What’s interesting is that she started walking 3.5 mph with a 3.5 incline, “because 35 was his number,” she said, “I would walk for a good two hours until the game was over just to be able to watch him play.” About six months later, she started incorporating weights.
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When it comes to her diet here’s what she eats every day.
Breakfast: “Herbalife shake in the morning, along with my tea and aloe for a metabolism boost. It is easiest for me to shake in the morning because I’m on the go at 5 a.m. — and I’m not the biggest fan of breakfast.”
Morning snack: “Greek yogurt — yogurt is my favorite thing to eat.”
Lunch: “High-protein, so some type of meat and a vegetable to go along with it.”
Afternoon snack: “Vegetables or string cheese. I’ll alternate between carrots or cucumbers. You can eat a lot of either and the calories still stay low. So those two are usually my go-to options.”
Dinner: “I end with high-protein, as well, with a vegetable again, and sometimes I like to add whole-grain rice. Or I’ll end the night with a big salad. It just depends what the day has been like.”
Few of the perks that came with her weight loss are flying comfortably with a seat belt and shopping at stores for her age where she can find “jeans that fit my thighs. She became a lot more confident and when asked about the people who turned her down says: “Now I’ve lost weight those same people email me asking me out, but there’s no way I would date them.” She adds: “I have been able to see it now and build my mental health as much as my physical.” Savannah is not scared to take every opportunity that comes her way. She shared: “Now I’m pursing my dreams head on, even applying to modeling agencies after all these years that people told me to.”
She understands that motivation is fleeting. For her motivation comes and goes however it wants. She said: “I have discipline. Motivation comes in spurts. I have moments I’m motivated because I never want to go back to my ‘old life.’ Sad, depressed, and alone isn’t a way to live. I guess at times fear is the motivation.” She also finds motivation in “being the best me possible. It’s almost like a game of what’s next, how far can I push myself?”
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She adds: “I use discipline throughout the week to remind myself to eat right and get to the gym.” She knows if she eats the wrong foods, she’ll gain weight and feel uncomfortable, “So why would I want that?” As for the gym, Savannah is loving it. “I have legs to run and arms to lift, so why take that for granted, when some people would be thankful to go?” She explains that its’ all about the mindset you use to look at a situation, and she feels the need to always look at the positive.
If you also want to lose weight Savannah will tell you to be patient and not give up. Remember, it won’t happen all in one day.
Savannah says :”Enjoy each stage of your weight-loss journey. You have to remember you are still living life while losing weight. Don’t miss out on opportunities just because you are on a ‘diet.’ You can still lose the weight but you can never get the memory you could have made back. Focus on your mental health throughout your journey just as much as your physical. Remind yourself you are good enough at any shape or size. Focus on being healthy in every sense of the word. You are good enough NOW — weight is not nor will it ever be the judge of that.”
Sometimes it takes a terrible experience to make us change our ways. Well done though!