64 Pounds Lost: Mary Mixes It Up With a Personal Trainer
Name: Mary Hollis
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Before: 241 lbs.
After: 177 lbs.
What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight?
At the start of 2012 I was at my heaviest weight ever of 241 pounds. I knew something had to change. I loved myself but was the most unhappy I had ever been with my weight. I decided that because I loved myself so much I had to do something about my weight. I realized this was not who I was called to be and began taking steps toward change.
When did you start trying to lose weight?
I moved to Atlanta in February of 2012. As I settled into Atlanta I knew it was a great time to join a gym and begin changing my bad eating habits.
How did you get started?
I started going to the gym 5-6 times a week and I started slowly changing my eating habits. I stopped eating fast food and I completely cut out all fried foods. I began eating more vegetables, lean meats, and fruit. I started doing a lot of reading about fitness and healthy eating trying to learn all I could about living a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t want to go on a diet; I knew that wasn’t the answer. I wanted to change my lifestyle.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was the battle in my mind. I knew I could do it but I knew it would take a lot of time, hard work, and consistency. Every day I had to choose to work out, eat healthy, and continue on a path that would change my life forever. Another challenge was having knee surgery in the middle of my weight loss journey. Having the surgery was a decision I wrestled with. It set me back a few weeks but now I am able to move better than before.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up?
Honestly, no. I’ve had incredible support from everyone around me all along the way. The support from friends and family has helped me stay motivated. I think I just decided one day that I was going to change my life and I’ve been on that path ever since. Seeing the visible weight loss each month kept me going. I love eating healthy now and I absolutely love working out.
How did you stay motivated?
After losing my first 20 lbs I decided to start working with a personal trainer. I wanted to learn more about fitness/training, I wanted my workouts to be more focused, and I wanted someone who would push me when I wasn’t able to push myself. Working with my trainer has been an incredible journey and definitely played a great role in keeping me motivated. My trainer took my measurements each month and it was an incredibly motivating feeling to see the inches fall off my body each month.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
There was one month that I hit a plateau and I just had to start doing some cross training when it came to cardio.
What’s your current exercise routine?: Right now I am doing lower body strength training two days per week, upper body strength training two days per week and a circuit training workout once per week. I usually also include 20-30 minutes of high intensity cardio every day I workout.
What’s your daily diet look like?
I usually eat egg wraps for breakfast, a chicken salad or a turkey sandwich for lunch, I’ll have a green protein smoothie after my workouts, and chicken or ground turkey with vegetables for dinner.
What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal?
Plain Greek yogurt with chocolate protein powder mixed in. I also enjoy fruit and almond butter. I also love dark chocolate.
Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations?
Don’t buy junk food. If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it. Have a treat on occasion at a party but don’t bring it into your house. The longer you stick with it the easier it will get. Remind yourself that every day you are getting stronger at resisting temptation.
What’s your life like after weight loss?
My life is incredible. I have more confidence, energy, and love for life than ever before. I love being able to encourage other people who are just getting started. I am in the process of becoming a certified personal trainer and I’m excited to be able to walk with others as they change their lives as well.
If you have any suggestions to others what would they be?
Do it for yourself. You are worth it. You deserve to be the best and healthiest version of yourself. You can do it. Lifestyle change, not going on a diet is KEY. Being consistent in exercising and eating healthy is so important. Find the training program and the eating style that is enjoyable and sustainable for who you are. Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. Let the encouragement from others and your newfound confidence fuel you to keep going on the hard days. Be relentless.
Source: Everyday Health
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