Somaya’s Dramatic Weight Loss Transformation On “The Insider” With Nina Parker, On CBS!
A realistic approach to fitness by Somaya Reece!
Hello, welcome to my website. After battling my weight for many years I decided to share my personal journey with full transparency. My weight loss journey has been far from glamurous. It has been filled with downfalls, triumphs mixed with trial and error.
As a young teenager and all the way into my adult hood I have suffered extreme eating disorders ranging from body dysmorphia, anorexia nervosa and bulimia. The combination and lack of knowledge on a healthy way of living brought me to this place now. Which is sharing my personal journey into a successful weight loss, weight maintenance and healthy way of living. By sharing my story I hope to inspire and motivate others. Being someone who comes from a traditional Latin household it is unheard of to “eat clean” or exercising for health. When I was younger I thought being skinny was the only way to be. My first boyfriend (when I was a teen) encouraged me to starve myself because according to him “I wasn’t worthy to stand next to his side” because I was chunky. His mind manipulation, verbal and physical abuse along with a very difficult personal loss began a spiral down a dark hole of multiple eating disorders. He beat me into unconsciousness, leaving me for dead in a pool of my blood after he sliced my head open, knocked out my teeth, crushed my temple and right cheek bone. Until this day I don’t have much feeling on the majority of the right side of my face, my right eye is blurry & twitches at times, and the pain in my temple becomes very intense. He wanted to kill me so I would never be with anyone else. He said I was “too fat” for him yet, this is what he did to me. He didn’t support me at all. Th mental damage and physical damage was a big factor to my eating disorders. At one point in my life I joined gangs and was shot multiple times and stabbed with a sharp knife. My life changed dramatically when these events took place. My emotional scars hurt me more than my physical scars. When this happened and I turned to him for support, he would only make fun of my wounds and say that I was scarred for life and that I was no longer beautiful. These were the early beginnings of my ED (eating disorder) spiral! I was trying to break free from my disorders but didn’t know how. Not having a support system made it worse. I couldn’t afford a therapist or a personal trainer. So I began researching knowledge on how to eat right and exercise for physical and mental health. I was at a point where I was not eating anything, eating too much, taking up to 20 laxatives, and trying every starvation diet you can think of. It was a yo yo of weight loss and weight gain over the coarse of many many years. At my smallest point I was a petite size 0 weighing less than 100 pounds. Just when I thought I was doing better with my weight issues, my spirit was bright again, I was in the gym, I was doing all the right things. My psychological trauma that began my eating disorders came right back around. I found myself back in that same space again. I gained weight! How you ask? Well….
My biggest point in my weight gain, was a size 18! This was only 4 years ago. My weight gain at the time was due to a lifestyle change and depression. I had moved from Los Angeles to New York to work on music and an album. Immediately after landing in New York I booked my first job, to star in a television show. The lifestyle in New York was not as active as my lifestyle in L.A where I often hike or jump into my car and drive to the gym. Not knowing anyone in combination with being in work environments that was filled with extreme negativity, hostility, and verbal abusive. This took a big part of my bump in the road. I also began to develop severe heart palpitations. My heart was giving out on me. The traumatizing effects of the psychological manipulation that took place lead me into a deep depression filled with nightly – night terrors, severe anxiety, a broken spirit and mental trauma. Through my own personal strength and holding my faith close. I decided a change needed to happen. So I moved on.
My road to weight loss began when I made that firm decision to remove myself from that negative environment along with something I would have never believed would help me. For many years I suffered with extreme back pain, painful bruising on my shoulders around my bra strap area due to my large breasts. I went for a doctors consultation regarding getting a breast reduction. The doctor told me that if I decided to get my breast reduction, that it was imperative I learn healthy low calorie eating habits. The reason being is because he said I needed to be in recovery for 8-9 weeks due to the fact that I am a performer and my recovery process is much longer than a normal patient. In short, imagine being bed ridden for 9 weeks, forbidden to work out, without eating healthy? I decided to get my breast reduction.
So, I began to research how to eat better, had my surgery, began eating healthier, and recovered. By the time I was ready to get back into the world I was 21 pounds slimmer by eating clean through weeks of trial and error. When my doctor allowed me to have some physical activity I began to walk in my neighborhood park and to the store. Just by walking alone, being active and eating clean I dropped my first 30 pounds. This motivated me to continue my new lifestyle I had accidentally discovered and so I did. I joined a gym and began to see results almost immediately. It was not easy but I did it. I incorporated many different ways of eating, protein shakes, and a regular gym routine. Fast forward 2 1/2 years, I am now a size 8 and a medium. I lost half my body by staying focused, determined and I did it on my own without the help of professional trainers or nutritionists. Simply by figuring out what was realistic for me & my lifestyle. Becoming healthy literally saved my LIFE!
Now that I have gone through my own personal up and down hill battle of weight loss over years of trial and errors. I am here sharing my journey with you. I found many tips and a lifestyle that fits me and will help you on your journey. No matter what your goal is or where your life is at the moment. You can do it too, and I am here to help you with my tips by sharing a realistic approach to fitness.