Real Life Weight Loss: How this busy mom lost 130lbs in 11 months

Brianna lost 130lbs without stepping foot in the gym, to create a better life for her and her daughter

Real Life Weight Loss: Brianna from New York
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Brianna, from New York, has credited becoming a mother and the Covid-19 pandemic for helping her to lose 130lbs and become the best version of herself. Brianna Oyewo has spent the last year getting fit and healthy after having a “lightbulb moment” after the birth of her daughter in late 2019. 

Brianna, who at her heaviest weighed 281lbs, has lost 130lbs in a year where the world shut down due to the Coronavirus. 

Brianna told our sibling YouTube channel Truly: “The pandemic helped me reset because I had more time to reflect and make changes.” At her heaviest, Brianna couldn’t walk or exercise without feeling exhausted and out of breath. She knew she had to make changes once her daughter came, especially when the threat of the virus followed. 

“I was very concerned,” she said. “I wanted to be here for my daughter, I knew I needed to do something.” 

Watch Brianna's inspiring weight loss journey here:

Brianna, who has struggled with weight since childhood, started making small changes first, such as walks with her daughter. "I started off journalling what my goals were," she said, "both short and long term".

Soon, she began working out each day, doing online HIIT classes at home. “I haven’t been to the gym throughout my entire health and wellness journey,” she said. “Everything has been home workouts which is super convenient.” She also does HIIT workouts using weights such as the best adjustable dumbbells.

Working out at home with some of the best online personal trainers and fitness apps has been an important part of so many people's fitness journeys over the last year. Technology has offered people the opportunity to develop relationships with trainers, follow workouts on their smart TV (for example, we've got loads of follow-along workouts here) and have accountability partners all without leaving the house. 

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Because I was home, I was paying a lot more attention to my environment and stress levels," said Brianna. Stress is a huge factor in weight gain: not only does it encourage us to grab unhealthy convenience food, but stress also encourages our bodies to store belly fat, as the production of the stress hormone cortisol shifts our body into a "survival mode". 

In the last year, Brianna has transformed herself from overweight to a fit and healthy mum. “My biggest reward is being able to go to the playground and run around after my daughter,” Brianna revealed. “Being able to engage more actively with her is the best benefit.”

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