Growing up, Georgia Malbrough of Houma, Louisiana, never felt comfortable in her body.
From a young age, she would steal her brother’s baggy shirts to hide her frame, embarrassed by the extra pounds she always carried. As she got older, she fell into unhealthy habits, and by the time she was in her late 20s, she weighed 231 pounds.
It wasn’t until 2018 that her life began to change. Not only did the mom give birth to her third child, but she also tied the knot with her husband in a beachside ceremony, vowing to love him — and herself — with all her heart.
She was fed up with not being able to keep up with her kids and decided to make small changes that ultimately transformed her health for the better! First, she admitted to herself that she was never going to feel a rush of motivation to lose weight. She just needed to establish good habits, develop her self-discipline, and take that first baby step.
“I baby wore my newborn and walked about a mile at first and then I graduated to two miles,” she told Today. Once she had proven she could walk consistently every day for three months, she joined a gym.
As she explored kettlebell workouts and other activities designed to improve her strength and stamina, she also turned a critical eye on her diet.
The Louisiana native refused to give up king cakes and gumbo, so she opted instead to limit portion sizes and practice moderation whenever she eats.
These days, she subscribes to the calories in/calories out approach to weight loss by trying to take in fewer calories than she expends to keep her metabolism active.
After 13 months of monitoring her diet and working out, Georgia lost 100 pounds. Then she returned to the beach where she got married the year before and celebrated the vow she made herself!
“I have never felt more proud of myself,” she said. “I think this is the first thing in my life that I’ve done just for me.”
Georgia often shares her inspirational thoughts on fitness and health online and has developed a huge following on Instagram and TikTok. She still hits the gym six days a week for 40 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of cardio and tries to eat more protein than carbs.
“I also try to make sure there’s not a ton of ingredients in whatever I’m eating,” she said. “If I want ice cream, I just follow the portion size.”
When it comes to motivating her online followers, her advice is simple: “Take one step at a time. That’s all you have to do.” Thank you, Georgia, for reminding us that change always starts with a single decision!
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