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10 Pounds Lost: From short and frumpy to petite and strong

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 10 Pounds Lost: From short and frumpy to petite and strong

NAME : Jo
BEFORE WEIGHT : 126
AFTER WEIGHT : 116
POUNDS LOST : 10

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?

I used to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted until college. Something about hitting around age 22/23 and my body was like … nope, not anymore. You so much as stare at a brownie and we will gain a pound. In college I lived in a dorm with no kitchen. So we had a microwave and a mini fridge. And it all went downhill from there.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Being overweight, more so, unhealthy at my height (4’10) it took a huge toll on my self esteem. I already had self esteem issues but being heavier than I’d prefer really effected me.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I decided one day enough was enough. I wasn’t getting any where with what I was currently doing and I needed to change.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started my journey with beach body. A friend of mine was a coach and she helped me get set up with a program.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
My weight loss has been a rollercoaster of weight loss and weight gain. For a lot time I focused on looking a certain way. I wasn’t focusing on the right things. How I felt and that this is a journey not a destination to some bikini model body.

Once I changed my outlook (which took a few years) everything changed. Now I don’t focus on diets or certain exercise “programs”. I focus each day on trying to be a better me. Each decision wether to workout or eat healthy will help me towards my goals.

I often talk on instagram about how this is a journey. And we need to learn to live as a healthier human being. Not for a week or 12 weeks. Not until our wedding or other big event. To live each day with the mindset as today is the day and I am going to do my best.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
When I first started I hated exercise. And honestly I don’t always like it now. But I love the way it makes me FEEL. So I use that as motivation on the hard days.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Of course! I got through periods where I am all “gung ho” and excited every day to workout. And I go through periods where eating healthy and exercise are the last thing I want to do. But when the going gets tough I look at my progress pictures and remind myself how far I have come.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I’m at one now. Just because I wasn’t morbidly obese, doesn’t mean weight loss and changing my body composition has been easy. We all have our own journey. Our own struggle.

Right now I am working on really leaning out. Losing fat and building muscle.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Off and on 2-3 years

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes!!! These are my favorite!!! I’ve only lost about 10lbs but my body composition is constantly changing!!! I acutely HATE the scale. The scale is just a number. And it isn’t always the most accurate in showing progress. I love love love progress pictures. They tell such a deeper story than the scale!!!

Also, feeling more confident in your clothes is a big bonus!

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Now I focus on balance. Each decision in each moment of each day can push my forward or pull me back. I try to remind myself that I’m human. And I deserve to not feel deprived. It’s all about balance. 85% healthy 15% fun!

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am so much more active now! My long term goal is to become a fitness instructor!

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Find the balance that works for you
  2. You don’t have to be perfect to start you just have to start!
  3. Progress not perfection — always focus on that
  4. Throw out your scale! Take progress pictures weekly. Know you are way more than just a silly number!
  5. Find activities you enjoy. Don’t just settle for any workout

Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 10 Pounds Lost: From short and frumpy to petite and strong

Originally posted 2017-01-17 10:38:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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