There are a lot of different reasons why people want to lose weight. Some of them do it in regards to health conditions, and others do it to better their relationships. But today we want to tell you about a woman who found a source of power in her daughter. She said, “I wanted to be in good condition for my growing child. I felt like I needed to be in control of myself and do it for my child as well.”

We at Bright Side were amazed by this story of transformation and can’t wait to share it with you!

Never be ashamed of your story for it may inspire others.

Several pictures (including the left one in the photo above) became a big wake-up call for Christine Carlos in 2012. At that moment her weight was around 225 lb. This was the point where the journey to her healthy lifestyle began.


In her Instagram account, Christine reveals that she gained weight during her late teenage years. She supposes that moving away from the country she grew up in was the trigger and explained, “I found comfort in food, became lethargic and really shy.” Christine tried to lose weight several times, but those efforts ended with nothing.

In 2007 she delivered a baby and noticed that her weight had increased even more. She wrote, “I realized in 2012…that I can’t live my life just dreaming and watching people live their life to the fullest. I can’t sit around and not be active with my little one. I wanted to feel alive for my child and I wanted to set a good example for her.”

First steps

At first, she read some health magazines, trying to find any useful information that could help her reach her goal. She swapped processed and fried foods out for vegetables, ate minimal carbs and drank around a gallon of water per day. This was her everyday menu:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal and eggs
  • Lunch: salad with homemade vinaigrette
  • Dinner: fish and vegetables

Above all, Christine changed her workout routine: she started with 45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week using the treadmill at a gym she joined.

“Now I really just want to be happy.”

When Christine first started seeing results, she moved forward and even took part in a bikini competition. She wrote, “I lost the weight, then I decided to compete to push myself further. Which made me diet even harder and workout even harder.” At that time, she took a break from the extremes and enjoyed balanced, healthy relationships with food, lifting and working out. Christine admitted, “For a while, I wanted to be skinny (or lose weight); then I wanted to be muscular; now I really just want to be happy.”

With each challenge, we grow mentally and emotionally.

This is how Christine looks now. Her weight fluctuates from 135 to 125 lb. She inspires people by sharing her past, showing her difficult journey and sharing her thoughts, “Motivation is not how you feel. Motivation is a choice. We choose what we want to do every day and the only person that can get us to reach our goal or stop us from reaching it is ourselves.”

In your opinion, what do people need to do to change themselves for the better? Share other inspiring stories with us in the comments!

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