“When are you due?”
“Where did all that weight come from? You look HUGE!”
“Have you looked into Liposuction? It can’t be THAT expensive?”
These are the horrible things that people actually said to me when I put on all of my weight. Every time I encountered a person who has negative things to say, I would come home, curl up into a ball and cry. This usually led to emotional eating, which did not help me in this matter at all. It’s like people don’t realize that you have feelings and that you already KNOW you are overweight, you don’t need to be reminded and that you are extremely vulnerable.
Instead of letting all of those negative comments get me down, I used them to fuel my fire and made them the background on my computer. Every time I saw those words, it motivated me to get up and workout and bring it harder and harder every time. I created a “fitspiration board” with pictures of my goal body and that motivated me even more! There were plenty of times during my first 30 days of hard core exercising that I wanted to give up and dive right into a loving pint of chunky monkey ice cream. I would cry and complain thinking that I was never going to get there, but little by little I did get there and continue to strive toward a larger goal (in Enjolras voice if anyone gets my Les Mis reference!). I look like a completely different person and I can basically taste my dream body. I don’t worry about finding an outfit that will make my tushy look smaller or that will hide my belly rolls and muffin top. I still have more work to do, but I know that I can get there because I’ve watched my body transform little by little with my own eyes.
These are what I consider to be the “keys to my success”:
1. I didn’t take before pics of myself, but I made sure to take pics of myself every 30 days to track my progress. Now I actually take new pics every week because even subtle changes motivate me to dig deeper. I remember when I would look at my monthly progress photos I couldn’t believe how much of a change I saw in my body. After the first 30 days, there were some changes, 60 days had more dramatic changes, but after 90 days, I was a whole NEW ME! I definitely recommend taking pictures even if you never show them to a soul!
2. I started limiting the amount of times per week that I weighed myself. I was one of those habitual multiple times per day scale stalkers. I couldn’t just weigh myself either. I literally had to be butt naked with my hair down to get the most accurate weight. I was out of my mind, clearly. The problem is that your weight fluctuates so much during the week and even over the course of a day depending on your water weight and what you eat. I cut it down to weighing myself once per week to make sure I was on track, but don’t fret if it doesn’t go down every week, that doesn’t mean what you’re doing isn’t working. Just weigh yourself once per week on the same day as soon as you wake up in the morning (I still recommend butt naked lol) and try to avoid foods high in sodium a couple of days before because you WILL retain water! Also, don’t freak out if it’s the time of the month. I gain 2-3 pounds the 2 days before my period that stick with me for the duration and I know plenty of girls who gain even more.
3. Support. I didn’t have the support of everyone that I was close to, but my boyfriend Joe and my mom made a huge difference. They knew how much pain I was in and knew that I needed people close to me to lean on. They made sure that the houses were always stocked with healthy foods and stayed on top of me to get my workouts done. They never had a bad thing to say and consistently pushed me past my comfort zone and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
4. Diet. Eating clean made the biggest difference for me. I was working out so hard, but then all of a sudden I hit a plateau and didn’t know what else to do. I did some reason research and learned that weight loss and transforming your body is 80% diet, 10% exercise and 10% genetics. It was at that moment that I realized I really needed to change up my diet. As soon as I started eating clean, the weight just started to fall off, I had so much energy and I felt incredible. My hair was shinier and my skin cleared up, it was like a miracle!
5. Beachbody. The support of my coach has been key to my success. When I was upset and didn’t think that I could continue one, she encouraged me to keep going. Any time I had a question about my workouts or what I should be eating, she was there with the answers. She inspired me with her own transformation and the way that she was helping countless others. I started spending so much time talking about P90X and Shakeology that I discussed becoming a coach with her. I decided that Beachbody changed my life and I wanted to help others do the same. I signed up to be a Independent Team Beachbody coach and I never looked back. I now am able to share my knowledge and inspire others the same way my coach did for me.
I hope that my story helps others to see the light at the end of the tunnel and can lead people to the starting point of their own fitness journey. I love how I feel everyday and I want every other woman in the world to experience that feeling because it truly is an incredible one! All you need is a little determination and someone to tell you that you can’t do it to use as that motivation to push harder and prove them wrong!
If you would like support in reaching your health and fitness goals, please feel free to email me. I am always here to answer any questions and get you on the right track to success!