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97 Pounds Lost: My journey to Get Right and Get Tight

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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 | 97 Pounds Lost: My journey to Get Right and Get Tight

NAME : Denna
BEFORE WEIGHT : 242+
AFTER WEIGHT : 145
POUNDS LOST : 97 (so far)

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I suppose I’ve always had a weight problem. However, it wasn’t until my late 20’s that I felt it was an issue and I needed to do something about it. And I yo-yo’d from there.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I didn’t have the endurance to be as active as I would have liked. It also affected my confidence level. Once I got to a certain weight, I felt like people were staring at me thinking I was disgusting and wondering how did I allow myself to become so big. It began to deter me from doing things I really enjoyed like going to amusement parks. I was always worried the safety belts wouldn’t fit.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My turning point was when my husband passed away from circumstances beyond his control. I knew if given the choice and he could do anything about it he would be here me and the kids. I had control. I could choose to eat myself into an early grave or I could choose to become healthy and live. I could choose to not my kids orphans.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started with a determined mindset. I promised myself that this time I would stick with it no matter what it took or how long it would take. I would reach my goals. Then I hired a trainer. And I haven’t looked back once.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It was several months before I really noticed changes. My face was becoming smaller and my clothes looser.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to overcome changing the way I viewed food. I had to learn how to eat, what combinations to eat as well as when to eat. I never liked to eat early in the morning, so breakfast was a real challenge. It still is really. But know I know I have to start my day off right.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
No, I never wanted to give up. I had times when I was frustrated but never wanted to give up. Knowing that I was worth it kept me going. Wanting to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting and finally really be successful with this journey kept me going. The fact that others had taken notice of my weight loss and my dedication and they began to say I was inspiring or motivating them to get started. I had become somewhat of a leader and you can’t lead, motivate or inspire by quiting.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes, I had plateaus. I had to change up my workouts as well as tweak my nutrition.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
A little over a year.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes, seeing my clothing size go down. Starting my facebook page www.facebook.com/GRGTTJ and motivating others. Overcoming being an emotional eater.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
– Heavier
– no breakfast or high carb breakfast (cheese grits, chees toast, eggs)
– I ate lots of fast food as well as processed foods. ( hot dogs, packaged lunch meats, boxed meals, sugar cereals etc) Sweet tea, lemonade

Now:
– I eat breakfast ( plain oatmeal with protein powder, eggs)
– I have 5 small meals most days. I no longer eat refined sugar, or processed foods)
– My diet consists of lean protein, chicken, fish, cruciferous veggies, fruits. I drink 80-100oz of water/day

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’m much more active now. I just completed my first 15k in January. I’m also participating in the Spartan Obstacle Race on March 7th. I really enjoy doing the obstacle challenges. This will be my 4th. I challenge my teens to foot races, and push-ups you name it. Before, I became winded after just a few minutes of activity and I’d have to sit down. I just wasn’t capable of doing much, although I wanted to.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Decide to start and never quit
  2. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s journey. They may loose faster than you but you have no idea what they are doing behind closed doors. And you are genetically different.
  3. Make a menu and take 1 evening a week to prep your food for the week. It makes life so much easier and it sets you up for success.
  4. Everyday will not be perfect. That’s to be expected. But when you go off track try to start back the next meal, not the next day or “Monday” 🙂
  5. Try different things, to remain active.

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 | 97 Pounds Lost: My journey to Get Right and Get Tight

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41 Comments

  1. Vanessa Brewster-Moody

    July 15, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Inspiration!

  2. Cindy Stroud Miles

    July 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    You really inspire people to keep working. Thanks, I needed this.

  3. Denna Porter Crutchfield

    July 14, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you all very much. Your comments are motivation for me to keep pushing. XO

  4. Bec Williams

    July 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    How much in UK pints is 80-100oz water??

  5. Elizabeth Gallon-Slaton

    July 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    You go girl!!! Looking great, such a inspiration. Keep up the great job.

  6. Colin Hinze

    July 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Well done

  7. Falen Johnson

    July 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Raven Johnson

  8. Angie Sherrill

    July 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Great job!!

  9. Mindycarlos Brown

    July 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    awesome

  10. Nicole Gaudet Carragher

    July 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

    wow amazing!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!! 🙂

  11. Jackie Higgins

    July 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Looking Great!

  12. Jackie Daniel

    July 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Congrats, you look great!!

  13. Ahsat Retnuh

    July 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Awesome story, following your FB page for more inspiration!

  14. Clorindaj Johnson

    July 14, 2015 at 5:02 am

    How great is this!

  15. Billie Sanders

    July 14, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Congratulations

  16. Angelette Joseph

    July 14, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Awesome

  17. Latrell Mixon

    July 14, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Congrats! You look great! Job well done. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Roberta Germain

    July 14, 2015 at 1:11 am

    You look awesome great job

  19. Michelle Reames

    July 14, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Whoa! I thought that was two different women. What an awesome transformation!!!!

  20. Linda Copeland Hodges

    July 14, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Congratulations. .how did you do this

  21. Terri McClure

    July 14, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Congratulations! Love the beauty of healthy way to go!!!

  22. Kim Wilson

    July 14, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Looking great, girlie!

  23. Michelle Pollard-Vaughan

    July 14, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Wtg!!

  24. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    July 14, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations

  25. Maureen McKibbin

    March 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Congratulations.

  26. Denna Porter Crutchfield

    March 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you everyone. I appreciate the kind words and support.

  27. Rob Laskowski

    March 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Aweome!

  28. Antoinette Malcolm

    March 8, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Oh yeah, it’s all about the mind.

  29. MsTaiwana To You

    March 8, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Great tips!! Thanks!!

  30. Donna Gray

    March 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Awesome.

  31. Liana Kennedy

    March 8, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Awesome job

  32. Pat Dowdy Bennett Watts

    March 8, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Awesome, congrats

  33. Tammy Lynn

    March 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Beautiful story. Awesome job 🙂 Proud of her. It takes alot of hard work and dedication.

  34. Tina Badour

    March 7, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Great job Denna!!!!!

  35. Cynthia Yang

    March 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Smarter, not harder!! Yay, Denna!

  36. Rhonda Mitchell

    March 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Great job

  37. Breanna Nouveaux

    March 7, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Amazing.

  38. Gathel Harris

    March 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Go girl

  39. Teena Williams

    March 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations

  40. Natasha Nastee

    March 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful!

  41. Steve Elliott

    March 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Congratulations!

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