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“My Body Got Better With Age!”

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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 | My Body Got Better With Age!Bonne Marano ditched unhealthy diets and shaped up the smart way

 

Stats

Age: 40

Height: 5’2”

Weight now: 116 pounds

Weight then: 168

Pounds lost: 52

My Story

I’ve struggled with my body since I was a teen. By freshman year of college, I’d hit my peak of 168 pounds; that was when a friend invited me to join a gym with her and said she’d pay the $19-a-month fee if I’d drive. Sold! But my lighthearted attitude shifted once we signed up. The salesperson gave me the ultimate backhanded compliment: She said I had a pretty face, which I took to mean I didn’t have the figure to match. That implied “but” was a reality check for me.

Crazy About Cardio!

That day, I tried a 30-minute aerobics class. I was exhausted by the end, but I adored the group energy. After taking it five times a week for 9 months, I’d lost 35 pounds and was even offered a job at the gym that included teaching class myself. As an instructor, I felt a lot of self-imposed pressure–I worried no one would want exercise advice from a chubby girl. So I taught up to seven classes a day, skipped meals, and drank a lot of coffee, thinking caffeine would help me lose more weight. I maintained this extreme pace for 6 years. I was considered one of the best instructors in the area, which fed my inner perfectionist. There was no way I was going to slack off.

Balanced at Last

Then in 1992, on my 25th birthday, I herniated two disks in a bad car accident. Sidelined for 8 months, I gained 15 pounds and became depressed. But there was a silver lining: Once I returned to the gym, I was physically unable to go back to my excessive schedule. Instead of teaching “no pain, no gain,” I suddenly understood that if something doesn’t feel good, you shouldn’t do it. To help compensate for my toned-down routine, I finally paid attention to my diet. I ate satisfying, balanced meals, and that’s how I’ve lived ever since. (I won’t deprive myself–I still indulge my sweet tooth these days, only now I eat a bite of Snickers rather than the whole bar.) But all those changes don’t matter as much as a shift in the way I see myself. I’ve stopped trying to be something I’m not: I have a woman’s body and I’m proud of it.

How I Did It

I ate less…fast food. I’d go online to calories.net to look up the junk food I was craving. When I saw how many calories and grams of fat were in a bucket of chicken, I’d stop and think: “I can make a chicken breast for myself.”

I ate more…veggies. To make my salad a real meal, I’d add chicken, tuna, turkey, or eggs and sprinkle Parmesan on top instead of a high-fat dressing.

I exercised…smarter. I stopped overdosing on workouts–and gave myself 2 exercise-free days a week so my muscles had time to recover.

My mantra is… “Strive for progress, not perfection.”

Unexpected gain: Confidence. I used to constantly compare myself with the person on the next treadmill. Now I feel comfortable in my own skin.

My health bonus: I alleviated my back pain. After my accident, I had a lot of discomfort. Exercising the right way strengthened my whole core and really helped reduce the pain.

Source: Prevention

Originally posted 2012-03-26 11:18:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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