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Hitting the Gym Hard

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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 | Hitting the Gym HardHow eating healthy and working out changed Stephanie Briseno’s life and career.

 

Vitals:  Stephanie Briseno, 23,Brownsville,TX

Occupation:  Student / Certified personal trainer

Height:  5’5″

Time Required to Reach Goal:  1 year, 4 months

Lesson Learned: “Nutrition is 80 percent of the battle. You need to fuel your metabolism.”

Secret Weapon: “My food journal. Writing down my daily and weekly goals, plus some inspirational quotes, really kept me focused.”

Weight before: 314

Weight after: 140

The Gain

Growing up, Stephanie Briseno paid too much attention to the TV and not enough to her plate. Her couch-potato ways took a toll. “I ate two fast-food meals a day,” she says. By her junior year in college, Stephanie’s blood pressure was sky-high and her XXL shirts were tight.

The Change

In August 2007, a free fitness test lured Stephanie into a Gold’s Gym. The 21-year-old was shocked to learn that she weighed 314 pounds and was a target for hypertension and diabetes, diseases that ran in her family. “It hit me that I had to do something,” she says.

The Lifestyle

Stephanie’s health scare turned her into a gym rat overnight. She worked up from 10- to 15-minute walks on the treadmill to hour-long elliptical sessions. But it wasn’t until October 2007, when Stephanie signed on with a personal trainer who got her to keep a food journal, that she realized how poorly she was eating. She traded her longtime drive-thru habit for a healthy new one: reading food labels. It wasn’t long before she was choosing healthier options. “Now I can’t live without baby spinach,” she says. Her trainer varied her workout routine with intervals, swimming, and light weights. Stephanie rang in 2008 weighing less than 200 pounds, and by May, she’d dropped 50 more. This past January she settled around 140, less than half what she weighed the first time she ever set foot in a gym.

The Reward

In addition to energy and confidence, Stephanie discovered a career path. She changed her major to exercise science and nutrition and completed her personal-trainer certification last August. “Motivating people, changing lives—that’s what I want to do,” she says.

Stephanie’s Tips

Plan what’s next “At weekly weigh-ins, I always set a new goal to work toward.”

Get your fill “I mix a scoop of protein powder with water or have a protein bar every day.”

Up the flavor “I hated oatmeal until I started adding blueberries or strawberries to it.”

Source: Womenshealthmag

Originally posted 2012-07-26 09:54:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

15 Comments

  1. Letetia Parker

    August 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    What an inspiration you are!

  2. Audrey Wheeler

    August 7, 2015 at 10:55 am

    <3

  3. Norma Larrazolo

    August 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Wow

  4. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    August 7, 2015 at 9:08 am

    You look fantastic

  5. Becky Ralph Hines

    August 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Awesome!

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    August 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

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  7. En Em Malik

    August 7, 2015 at 3:46 am

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  8. Thandie Mashoany Mpopo

    August 7, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Just read the story and I’m so motivated

  9. Raundi Wilson

    August 7, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Thank you, I forgot I promised 1 plank today.

  10. Wendy Swanepoel

    August 7, 2015 at 3:03 am

    you look fantastic you are a winner well done

  11. Marie Johnson

    August 7, 2015 at 1:24 am

    You look fantastic!!

  12. Roxann Shively

    August 7, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Awesome, Shannon, see we CAN

  13. Connie Johnson

    August 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Wow. Great job. And an inspiration to others

  14. Penny Helms

    August 7, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Awesome..”

  15. Roberta Germain

    August 7, 2015 at 12:36 am

    You look amazing

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