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Focusing on Fitness

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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 | Focusing on FitnessIn high school, I was a cheerleader, a basketball player and a track runner. Since I was always active, I didn’t have to worry about my weight. After high school, I taught aerobics classes and my weight stayed around 135 pounds.

My weight problem started during my first pregnancy: I didn’t pay attention to what I ate or how I exercised, and by the time I delivered I was up to 198 pounds. Since I didn’t exercise regularly or eat healthfully, it took me three years to lose 60 pounds and return to my pre-pregnancy weight. A year later, I went through another pregnancy and my weight rose to 192 pounds.

After the delivery, I knew I didn’t want to wait another three long, unhappy years to return to my pre-pregnancy size. Six weeks after my daughter’s arrival, I set a goal to exercise and eat right in order to reach 130 pounds.

I assessed my diet and found it was very high in calories and fat. I tracked my calorie and fat intake by recording what I ate each day in a food diary. I cut back on high-fat processed junk foods, added healthier dishes full of fruits, vegetables, fiber and grains, and drank lots of water.

I also exercised three times a week. I started by doing 15 minutes of an aerobics video and gradually moved up to doing 45 minutes a session. To boost my metabolism, I began weight training. Again, I started off slowly and increased my time and weight as I became stronger. Eventually, I gave up smoking, which, along with the food and exercise changes, increased my energy level, and I was able to keep up with the demands of two young children.

Along with the scale, I used a pair of post-pregnancy size 14 jeans to track my progress. A year and a half after my second pregnancy, I reached my goal and fit into a pair of size 5 jeans.

Writing down my fitness goals was the key to my success. Whenever I felt unmotivated to exercise, seeing my goals in writing inspired me to keep going. I knew as soon as I exercised, I’d feel 100 percent better and I’d be a step closer to reaching my goal.

After I reached my pre-pregnancy weight, my next goal was to become a certified personal trainer. I fulfilled that goal and now I teach several aerobics classes a week. I’ve just started running, and I’m working toward entering a local race. I know that with training, I’ll do it. I know I can do anything when I set my mind to it.

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Originally posted 2012-11-11 14:57:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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