My story starts in December 2007. I was severly overweight and had several health issues. I was very unhappy with the way I felt, looked, and went and saw my nurse practitioner. I told her how disgusting I felt and that earlier in the week I was humiliated in a dental lobby area. I was with my children at an appointment and when it was our turn to see dentist, I stood up and realized the chair was stuck to my butt. I needed assistance to remove it. It was the shock I needed to send me into a clear mindset.
I’ve always been motivated about work, my life, and my children. It was time to turn that motivation on myself. My practitioner sent me in the direction of a low-calorie diet and encouraged 30 minutes of exercise a day. I followed the plan and started walking. Within 5 months I had lost 100 lbs already! I was ready to conquer the world and anything in it!! I continue with my diet, which was a new lifestyle change for me. I was no longer eating unhealthy meals, fast food, chips, soda, and all the other foods that led me to the weight of 394.5. I was eating lean proteins, 6-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, grains, wheats, water based soups and many other healthy things!! I felt great! I was no longer groggy in the morning and I looked forward to my daily exercise. I was doing activities with my children that I wasn’t able to do before.
After losing a 100 lbs, I was determined to lose another 100. I started incorporating more exercise into my week and a variety of it. This included group fitness like aerobics and bootcamps, strength training, agility, interval trainings, swimming, hiking, weight lifting, jogging, and lots and lots of CARDIO! After a total of 18 months, I had lost 200 lbs total, I was still eating great and many times a day, no longer on any medications for old health problems, and had control of my life again!
Currently, I have lost a total of 220lbs and have maintained that loss for over a year. I teach group fitness, work at several gyms including a fitness center designed for woman. I’m certified in group fitness and also in College for Personal Training. I love helping people, training people, and inspiring people to lose weight and feel great! I’m a full-time mother of 3 boys, I work full-time and I was able to ACCOMPLISH this huge success and SO CAN YOU!
The key to success is starting slow and setting short-term goals. Once you accomplish those goals, you go on to the next step. Set plans in place, and then follow those plans. Journaling and accountability is everything! I know its not easy, some days I get up and get all my exercise in before anyone else is even up in the household, but I HOLD MYSELF accountable – no one else can do that for you.
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