My name is Shavonda Brickley (@shrinking_shavonda), and I am 35 years old. I live in Dallas, Texas, and I am a customer service representative for a pharmaceutical company. I started my weight-loss journey by doing keto with intermittent fasting and working out with a personal trainer, and I lost 143 pounds.
I tried so many different weight-loss methods and did not stick to any of them. The thing I struggled with the most was consistency. I was my heaviest at 28 years old; I weighed 347 pounds.
In December 2017, I went through a life-altering event that put me in a really dark place. I was giving so much energy to that situation. In addition, I always felt like everyone else’s happiness was more important than mine. I was always placing myself on the back burner. I felt that it was time for all of that stop. If I could pour so much into others (and wanted to continue to be able to do that), I needed to first pour into me.
And that’s when things clicked. Before I could be the best mom or partner to anyone, I needed to be the best me to me.
In March 2018, as I approached my 33rd birthday, I started my health journey.
Initially, I just tried to eliminate things like soda and juice from my diet. I made small adjustments like going from white rice to brown and eating more fruits and salad.
So guys, I was very apprehensive about posting this. I stepped on the scale 3 different times in disbelief. I am filled with so many emotions ion know how I could not share this. People hear me when I say if you put your mind to it you can do anything. I am proud to tell you that I have finally reach ONDERLAND🎊🎊🎊🎉🎊 I weighed in this morning at 197.4 pounds.... YIKES🙃🙂🙃🙂🙃 not only did I reach the goal of 199, I surpassed it!!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever reach my weightloss especially starting from 347 pounds, yep you calculated that right I have officially loss 150 pounds 😭😭😭 #NATURALLY Beliving God to give me the strength to endure this journey, changing my mindset, changing my eating habits and putting in work in the gym, will power like I ain’t ever seen, not looking for a perfect journey but one that is consistently progressing and loving myself more than I ever have is how I made this happen!!! I was so excited I couldn’t even cry, jump around none of that all I could do is... SCREAM!!! #swipeleft to see my reaction after seeing the scale!!! #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #naturalweightloss #onderland #1derland #150poundsdown #blackwomenlosingweight #ketotransformation #ketoweightloss #extremeweightloss #weightlossgoals #ididit #goalweight
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Then I came across the ketogenic lifestyle via Instagram and slowly transitioned into it. I would order a burger and remove one bun, and sub out fries for fruit. Eventually, I did more research and learned more about the lifestyle and went full-blown keto in July 2019. I love how non-restrictive keto is. I can still eat all of the foods I love, and there are so many products that can be used as great substitutes for some of the things that are not allowed.
🗣🗣🗣AAYYEEE YOOOO!!! In my DMX VOICE LOL 💪🏾😍😘😍😍😍😍😍 2018 vs Today KETEAUX WORKS #tranformationtuesday #transformation #blackwomenlosingweight #ketofam #ketocommunity #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #naturalweightloss #weightlossjourney #ketotransformation #transformationtuesday #weightlosstransformation
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All I have to say is #swipeleft to see this goodness after a 22 1/2 hour fast!! 🤤🤤🤤 Day 3 of #bocbacktobasics challenge!!! . . Fried Pork Chop and Loaded Broccoli 🥦. I seasoned these pork chops to perfection and fried them in @kerrygoldusa butter and sprinkled some Worcestershire Sauce while frying!! • Broccoli was steamed and seasoned with @tonychacheres, onion powder, garlic powder and @kerrygoldusa butter topped with one slice of bacon crumbled, shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese and more butter🤤🤤🤤 These chops were so juicy, I didn’t bother to eat the ranch!! 🤷🏾♀️ . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #bocbacktobasics #ketomeals #ketoeats #keto #ketodiet #OMAD #ketofam #ketocommunity #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet
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Here’s what I typically eat in a day now.
Breakfast: If I'm fasting, I skip breakfast. If I do have breakfast, I eat a simple meal of bacon, eggs, and cheese.
Lunch: Cold-cut sandwich wrap.
Snacks: I’m not a big snacker, since I only eat when I am hungry, but I love almonds.
Dinner: Grilled chicken and loaded broccoli.
Dessert: Keto ice cream or Atkins Endulges are my faves right now.
Hello everyone! I hope you guys had an awesome start to your week. I guess you can say “I’m in love with loaded broccoli 🥦 “ two days in a row? UH YES!!! Lol the difference today is this is all homemade 😀 Blackened chicken and shrimp with loaded broccoli. I generously seasoned my chicken breast & shrimp with almost everything in the cabinet minus lemon pepper LOL. Pan seared each chicken breast in extra virgin olive oil. After the chicken was done I used @kerrygoldusa butter to pan sear the shrimp. 🤤🤤🤤 of course I steamed the broccoli 🥦 and topped with butter, shredded cheese, sour cream and bacon pieces 🤤🤤🤤 y’all don’t be surprised if y’all see this meal again.... Like tomorrow 😂😂😂 SIMPLE EASY MEAL!!! Simple is always better...for me!! . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #blackenedchicken #blackenedshrimp #keto #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #ketocommunity #ketofam
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I actually started exercising before I started eating differently, but I quickly learned you can’t outwork a bad diet.
I would work out six to seven days a week and eat properly during the week, but I would overindulge on the weekends. I thought of cheat meals as a way to reward myself, not realizing initially that this mindset was stalling my progress.
The reason I can totally do without the scale!!! My waist beads keep me accountable. When they are tight I need to back tf up from the table 😂😂😂 but I am posting this picture to show you that although the scale may not be doing what you tell it 😂😂😂 your pictures wont lie, your waist beads will NOT lie!! F that scale cause I ain’t letting it bully me!!! This was June 2019 vs June 2020 Today!! . . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #naturalweightloss #waistlinelove #watchthatwaistline #ketoweightloss #ketotransformation #extremeweightloss #blackwomenlosingweight #ketotransformation #weightlossjourney #journey2wonderland #journeytowonderland
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Currently, I have a personal trainer that I see at least three times per week. When I am not training with him, I may walk about four miles or do my C25K running app. I absolutely love working with my trainer. Before COVID-19, I would attend my favorite cardio hip-hop class called Mixxedfit at my local gym. I miss that class so much!
✨Transformation Tuesday ✨ The Sundress edition! I have always been confident Keteaux has just turned it up a notch....well LOTS OF THEM🔥🔥🔥 . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #transformationtuesday #naturalweightloss #ketotransformation #blackwomenlosingweight #ketoweightloss #extremeweightloss #140poundsdown
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These three changes have made the biggest impact on my overall weight loss.
I kept my mind in the right place. I reminded myself that if you think you can, you will. A lot of self-doubt came from my own thoughts. Believing in myself helps me also believe in others.
BLT ANYONE???? 🥓🥬 🍅 🤤🤤🤤 This is a Jalapeño Chaffle BLT!! This was soooo good y’all... DAMN LOL I should have had two!!! . . . Ingredients: •3 strips of bacon cut in half • 3 slices of jalapeño cut up • 1 slice of tomato • 1 egg • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. I used mozzarella for the crisp and sharp cheddar • Lettuce • Mayo . . CHAFFLE- Mix egg, cheese and jalapeño in a bowl and whips as if you’re about to scramble your egg. • Place on your heated mini waffle maker to your desired crisp. No all at once as This will yield two chaffles. So half for one and half for the other. I leave mine a little long as I like a little toasted vibe!! Dress it up and make it real!!!! . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #bocbacktobasics #chaffle #blt #ketoblt #ketofood #ketoeats #ketodiet #lowcarbdiwt #lowcarb #lowcarbBLT #ketocommunity #ketolunch
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I tried to be intentional. In every decision I make even today, whether it’s to have an indulgent meal or not, it’s intentional. I make sure that when I'm up against temptation, I slow down and intentionally make a choice to stay on track or treat myself.
🔥Transformation Tuesday 🔥 *Excess Skin Edition* Before you get excited, just know that I took both of these pictures on the same day! On the left I have my tights perfectly placed on my waist and on the right I have them underneath my stomach.. Why? I’m glad you asked. Because sometimes on the right is all that we see, no matter what we’re wearing, how good we look, how good other people think we look, it is still all we see. What I have found out about this journey is EVERY part of it is all mental. I chose these pictures today to encourage folks, myself included who have loss a massive amount of weight and are up against tons of lose skin like me. DON’T be discouraged. Know that my 199 pounds does not look like your 199 pounds Lose skin is inevitable for some of us. I had to start thinking of my lose skin as a sign of my reward, a sign of all of the hard work I have put in as opposed to “Omg I’m gonna always look fat “ or “it doesn’t look like I’m doing anything” knowing damn well you are putting in work. These are conversations I have had with self. I’d be confused as hell as to why someone was 210 and looked like a stallion and well 210 on me I still looked like me🤔 Don’t let society make you feel you should look a certain way after losing a ton of weight. Take any and all “Body Goals” out of your head because you don’t know what lies beneath YOUR surface. Be your own body goals. Love your body at every stage of the process. It will feel so much more rewarding!!! Keep going, Don’t quit!! Wit yo bad A$$$!!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #loseskin #excessskin #extremeweightloss #naturalweightloss #bodygoals #ketoweightloss #ketotransformation #naturalweightloss
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I "prepare and plan" so I don't "plan to fail." I make sure that even if I don’t meal prep, I meal plan. Each night before I go to bed, I have an idea of what my day will look like tomorrow because I have to live, eat, and breathe my lifestyle for it to work.
I’m ready to take on the week!!! I always say if you don’t have a plan, plan to fail!!! You have to stay ready, so you never have to get ready!! Here is a lil #haul #ketohaul from @walmart . . @kerrygoldusa @jennieo @greengiant @palmini @atkins @ragu @sbrbbq . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux #ketomeals #ketodiet #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #ketocommunity #ketofood #ketoeats #ketosnack
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I have lost 143 pounds in two years and five months.
My advice to anyone who feels stuck or unsure of how to start: It doesn’t matter where you start or how much weight you have to lose, just start! Don’t focus on how long it will take, just focus on the direction in which you’re going. Do not compare your journey to anyone else’s.
Keep your head in the game and love yourself enough to get started. Be kind to yourself during your journey. Focus on the progression and not perfection. This journey is yours. Embrace it and take it on full-speed. Don’t give up—you have nothing to lose but weight.
That Size large I told y’all about.... dis it🥰🥰🥰 Never in my life did I imagine I’d be wearing a romper in a size LARGE from a store that is NOT plus size. I was a 3XL/4XL And you think I ain’t feeling myself... lol well I am💁🏾♀️💁🏾♀️💁🏾♀️ Keteaux content to return in a moment for now I’m just sharing my non scale victories with ya!!! Hoping to inspire ya!! . . . #shrinkingshavonda #keepitketeaux
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