1.How much weight have you lost so far on your journey and have you hit your goal?
I have lost 85 lbs throughout my journey. I have gained some back but I’m focusing on building muscle and feeling fit. I have hit my goal. It’s been to feel confident and happy.
2. Did you struggle with weight all of your life or did you gain weight after you got older?
It has been pretty much my entire life. Since I was a little girl, I was always heavier.
3. What was that trigger reason that finally caused you to decide to lose weight?
I was finding myself miserable and depressed. After my second daughter I told myself this is no life to live if I’m so sad living in this body. Feeling ashamed to take photos with my two girls. Ashamed to walk next to my husband. Walking into a store to purchase clothes and dreading it. It was being in a size 18 and realizing those were getting tight. I refused to be on antidepressants when all I needed to do was change my mindset and work hard.
4. Give me some examples of changes you made in your life to make better eating habits.
The very first thing I did was cut out anything liquid that wasn’t water to drink.Then what I did was track what I was putting in my mouth. I had no idea how much a serving of chips truly was, or even how bad a lunch meat sandwich could be. I needed to visually see how much I was over eating. After that I focused on cutting out junk and reading up on clean eating. Whole forms of food.
5. When you think back to the foods that you use to eat, do you still have that food today on occasion, or do you avoid it all together, and does it still taste as ‘good’ as you remembered it to?
I do still indulge and allow myself those treats. My body might not like it so much if I do it too much. But I don’t ever deprive myself. I’m miserable that way. Some things I do stay away from. It’s just not worth it, like soda.
6. What plan did you do to help you lose the weight?
I immediately went with something where no one had to know what I was doing. Something I could do in the comfort of my basement any time I could. I turned to at home programs through Team Beachbody. I had no clue how to work out in a gym, nor did I want anyone to know I was going. I was notorious for failing. Quitting because something was too hard. After a year of doing Turbo Fire and incorporating some weight training from Chalene Extreme I dedicated 2014 to MY YEAR. I said I was going to do T25 and Shakeology. I was finally ready to go all in.
7. What is your typical fitness routine?
Depending on the program I’m following, it’s typically 5-6 days a week of workouts.
They vary in time, anywhere from 25 min-45 minutes. I do like to add some running in when I can. But it’s not regular. I have truly found a love for body resistance cardio.
8. Everyone has a bad day how do you look past mistakes and move forward?
I learned really quickly that life is just that LIFE. I can’t beat myself up I indulge in something. I was making my marriage miserable when I wouldn’t bend even on date nights. I wasn’t enjoying life. So I had to find balance, and quick. On those days I feel down, I look back at how far I have come. Pull up the old pictures I have and I am reminded of those feelings of being overweight. I shake it off and say “Tomorrow is a new day!”
9. We all need a strong support system to stay committed, who supports you?
My husband. Definitely him! I also have a group of friends that have been by my side through it all. But aside from that, I have an online community that has my back. I run monthly support groups for others who are just like me. They don’t have the confidence to go in a gym or the time to dedicate to a trainer and nutritionist. They keep me going. As much as I hold them accountable, they keep me accountable too; more than they will ever know.
10. What kind of advice would you give to others who are having a hard time getting started?
Just START. Any little change is a change in the right direction. There is no right or wrong way to do it. But act on that WANT to do it now. Because later might never happen. Know that being overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy is hard. And know that eating clean food, and working out every day, that can be hard too. But it’s in those times that you have to CHOOSE YOUR HARD. And that second hard, eating healthy and working out; that only gets easier because you get better. There are resources out there at your fingertips too. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There are more people out there ready to cheer you on than you know.