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I Lost Weight: Debbie Lazinsky Committed To Exercising And Lost 182 Pounds

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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 | I Lost Weight: Debbie Lazinsky Committed To Exercising And Lost 182 PoundsName: Debbie Lazinsky

Age: 57
Height: 5’3″
Before Weight: 315 pounds

How I Gained It: Ignorance of proper nutrition, lack of exercise and stress eating. I wasn’t a fast food eater or a junk food eater, but I ate way too many calories. I was and still am a good cook who loves great food. Previously, when cooking, I’d never pay attention to the fat or calories I’d put into a recipe. I cooked for taste and taste alone. I’d go all day without a meal and then have a huge dinner. I’d almost never eat breakfast, or if I did, it would be a bagel and coffee eaten at my desk or on the subway. I’d use food as a drug to soothe me, as a friend, as a gift of love to my friends and family, to entertain me when I was bored or as a creative outlet. My life revolved around food, food TV, magazines, cooking, eating out and entertaining.

Breaking Point: I was 315 pounds at 54 years old! I was sleeping 18 hours a day!

How I Lost It: Rethinking my relationship with food, learning what and how much food to eat to properly nourish my body, engaging in regular exercise and using my BODYMEDIA armband. I had to face the fact that food is fuel for my body and should be consumed carefully and mindfully. I forced myself to find other ways to entertain myself when I was bored and redirect my creative energies. I had to examine why I was turning to food, determine what satisfaction I derived from food and look for ways to find the same satisfaction in other activities that were aligned with my new goals. Now, I have found many simple ways to continue to eat the foods I love but with modifications in the recipes or cooking methods that lower the fat and calories of the dish without sacrificing flavor and texture. I balance fat, carbs and proteins, rather than consuming a meal entirely composed of carbs and fats. I eat 200 to 300 calorie meals six times a day. I don’t deny myself anything. I just make sure I work it into the parameters I have set for myself. I decide how I want to spend my calories for the day. If it’s my birthday, and I want chocolate cake, I’m going to have it. All during my weight loss, I ate chocolate everyday.

I will never forget the day I started exercising: January 2, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. It was snowing and freezing cold outside. Every fiber of my 315-pound body wanted to stay in my warm bed but I dragged my butt out of bed and drove to the new gym in the neighborhood — and found the doors locked! I wiped the frost from the door and could see the manager turning on the computer and setting up for the day. When I knocked on the glass he waved me away and told me they weren’t ready to open until 9:00 a.m. I guess he saw the look of despair on my face and let me in. I told him later that if I he hadn’t let me in I would have left and probably not come back for many many months. They say every journey begins with your first step…

Not knowing anything about exerise equipment, I picked one I thought would be fun and got on. It was an elliptical trainer, and I lasted maybe one minute before I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I was very fortunate to meet a personal trainer that day who guided and encouraged me every step of the way. He believed in me then, and is still my trainer today. I decided to make time for exercise in my life five days a week, including one personal training session for resistance training, one additional resistance training session on my own and five days of cardio for 30 minutes each. I stuck with that program for 18 months. I began to know the exhilaration of the “runner’s high” we hear about. I started to see results, which motivated me to keep pushing myself.

My workouts now consist of compound body weight exercises, TRX and lots of cardio, but I love it. I’m adding things like Zumba, yoga, balance and agility training. I love to challenge my body and savor the victory. Exercise is my escape, tension relief, creative outlet.

Once I had made this total transformation, I knew I had to share this with others. I enrolled in the American Council on Exercise’s personal training certification course. Following that certification, I furthered my studies with ACE by enrolling in their Health Coach program. My clients love the fact that I know what it feels like to not fit in an airline seat or down the aisle of the plane or how hard it is to climb a flight of stairs or to wonder if that chair is going to collapse. I am on a mission to let people know that you can live a healthy, satisfying, full life if you really want to put in the effort to eat properly for your body and learn to move in ways you enjoy. I can’t imagine ever going back to the old bad habits I had.

After Weight: 133 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-07 08:52:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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