LaKeisha Shum (pictured) has been overweight and her self-confidence was in the dumps. But rather than continuing to wallow in self-pity, the San Francisco resident made the choice to produce a series of videos titled “100 Days At The Gym” on site called giveit100.com that would openly document her mission to shed the unwanted weight.
Shum’s series, which went live Jan. 6, has created over 160,000 views. So far, she is 18 pounds lighter.
The 32-year-old, who once measured a hefty 345 pounds, started her weight loss crusade at 315 pounds. She decided to put in the strenuous work of exercising for 100 days straight in order to lose the weight because she was quickly spiraling into depression, a path she certainly did not want to feel down.
“I always just thought of myself as someone who was unattractive and was not fit to be married or have kids,” Shum added in her video diary. “I have a lot of other friends that are moving on in life and doing all these great things and I’m happy for them, but I still feel that I’m kind of stuck. Next hundred days, I will be on the journey of losing weight and finding myself.”
So far, She has succeeded to amass a fan club of well-wishers who are motivating her to stay on track and to not lose focus.
Exercising has become second nature to Shum and it is evident in her attitude.
“It is pouring cats and dogs outside, but I’m going to go to the gym and I’m going to go work my butt off,”
she says on her video in day 61 of her weight-loss journey.
By day 78, Shum is enthusiastic about no longer tilting the scales in the 300-pound range. On the 90th day, she shares her excitement at being able to kick up her legs, a feat that many take for granted.
Shum’s 100th day is a celebratory culmination of self-love as she has succeeded to go from a size 26 to a size 22, stating in her video, “I’ve found love in myself!”