Trina Braxton: “Once I Did This, The Pounds Kept Falling Off”
R&B singer, actress and Braxton Family Values star Trina Braxton is looking absolutely amazing these days! Since just about everyone is in New Year’s resolution-mode, BlackDoctor.org thought it’d be very “fitting” to ask Trina to share some of her top weight loss secrets.
You May Also Like
LIKE BlackDoctor.org on Facebook! Get Your Daily Medicine…For LIFE!
BDO: Where are you right now in terms of your weight loss goals?
TB: I gained almost 40 pounds. I went from 135 to 170 pounds. I am now at 146, with ten more to go. It was definitely a challenge!
BDO: What’s your relationship with weight loss?
TB: The scale and I used to be great friends…until I turned 35. Then, my stressors triggered my weight gain.
BDO: What are some of those stressors?
TB: My relationships, and being a mom to two teenagers.
BDO: When did you realize that you wanted to lose weight? What was the catalyst?
TB: I was skinny girl all my life. What made me realize I had to change was when I saw myself on the TV, and when the things in my closet didn’t fit. My sister literally called Weight Watchers for me and registered me.
BDO: Did you stay with Weight Watchers?
TB: No, I didn’t actually go.
BDO: So what did you end up doing?
TB: I took a hard look at what I needed to change about my lifestyle…at what my challenges were.
You May Also Like
BDO: And what were those challenges?
TB: My challenges were going to the gym and eating differently. Before my weight loss journey, I was depriving myself, then overeating when I did indulge. When, at first, the scale didn’t change, I ate more because I was frustrated. I learned that sometimes inches are lost before you see numbers drop on the scale.
BDO: So, how did you push through the challenges?
TB: At first I thought, “I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe I’m meant to be this way.” But then, I just kept pushing through it. I also learned that water is your friend. Eventually, the pounds kept falling off.
BDO: You “learned that water is your friend.” Does that mean you don’t like water?
TB: I did not like water. I had to find water enhancers. Flavored drops, Crystal Light fruit punch, zero flavored drinks. These helped me get my intake.
BDO: What have been the most effective aspects of your weight loss success?
TB: Drinking water, pushing through challenges, taking the stairs, making myself stop cutting corners, and not eating everything on my plate. I really had to learn portion control. For example, now, when I’m at a restaurant, I ask for half of my meal to immediately be packed to go.
BDO: What does your exercise schedule look like?
TB: When my schedule is okay I work out 5 times a week. I take a core class with weights and I do walk/run interval training.
BDO: What is your favorite exercise?
TB: Weight training is my favorite. I like the burn that your body gets. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. I love thinking, “I really worked this! I’m really gonna see the results!”
BDO: What is your least favorite exercise?
TB: I hate working on my legs. I don’t like squats or lunges. That’s why my legs are a challenge. Upper body, no problem. Legs…problem.
BDO: Now what about food? What is your favorite healthy food?
TB: I love juicing, and I love tofu. I LOVE it , love it, love it!
BDO: How about your favorite guilty pleasure food?
TB: Pasta and red wine.
BDO: What would you say are some of the top things your weight loss journey has taught you?
TB: I’m not at 120, and I probably won’t be there again. I can’t judge myself today on how I used to look. I’m not facing the challenges I was when I was 20.
BDO: Any additional words of advise to women out there who are either on or considering going on weight loss journeys of their own?
TB: I would say don’t give up. Be accountable for yourself. And…water, water, water everywhere! Water is your friend. I promise!