Seven days a week, her alarm goes off at 4:10 a.m., and by 5 a.m. she’s on her Schwinn spin cycle to log 22 miles. Three days a week, she incorporates strength training using free weights, as well as doing push-ups and sit-ups.
She’s made healthy eating as convenient as the drive-throughs she used to rely on. She meal preps once a week, neatly packaging perfectly portioned healthy proteins and loads of vegetables in plastic containers. At work, they are conveniently stored in a mini fridge in her office; all she has to do is grab and heat in the microwave.
“I had to make lasting changes,” she says. “I needed to level out and figure out where my healthy balance is.”
She even stopped stepping on the scale regularly, instead celebrating “non-scale victories” such as wearing a smaller size clothing.
Sometimes her drastic progress even caught her by surprise. One day, as she hustled up the stairs at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Dr. Carter’s scrub pants slipped right off her thinning waist and hips (she luckily had her workout pants underneath). Since starting her journey, Dr. Carter is down four scrub sizes.
“I didn’t even realize it until I was going up the steps and almost tripped because my pants were around my ankles,” she said, chuckling at being both slightly embarrassed but also pleasantly surprised by her tremendous progress in losing weight.