Weight Loss Before and After: Alyssa Lost 88 Pounds And Became An Example For Others
NAME : Alyssa
BEFORE WEIGHT : 252
AFTER WEIGHT : 164 and going!
POUNDS LOST : 88
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started to develop a weight problem during my pregnancy. I was an Active Duty Service member serving in the United States Navy. My husband and I both love our country and were very happy with our careers. Once we found out we were going to be having a baby we decided it would be best for one of us to get out to be the “stable parent” who wasn’t always going to be deployed or always having to miss the big milestones no parent should have to miss with their children.
We came to this decision about halfway through my second trimester. At first I was doing great with keeping on a great diet and exercising because a part of my job detail was to remain fit and to be able to pass a physical fitness test every 6 months. When I finally signed my paperwork saying I would not be reenlisting I fell into a depression and turned to food for comfort.
My husband at the time was stationed on a ship that would always leave to go out to sea to complete missions and get ready for their next deployment coming up. Almost all of my friends I created strong relationships were stationed on that ship as well, and my family lived across the country. When I would feel myself getting sad or needing comfort food was the next best thing, SO I ATE! And not just food JUNK FOOD!
I got to the point where my blood pressure starting getting so high my mid-wife had to put me on bed rest and tried to make sure I understood how preeclampsia could negatively effect my baby. I just let it go through one ear and out the other. 3 weeks before my due date I went to doctors for one last check up appointment. My blood pressure was so high I was rushed to the hospital and induced so I could have my daughter before anything bad could potentially happen to her.
After having her I still struggled with all that comes with being a new mom. My husband was only able to help the rare days he was home on land. So again I turned to junk food to comfort myself.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected my mood and outlook on life most importantly. I found myself always being negative and wanted to drag people into my misery jeopardizing great relationships with my family and friends. I literally felt like a stranger when I looked into the mirror and saw my reflection.
I also was looking to join the reserves because I loved being a Sailor so giving up my “dream career” was a hard thing to let go. When I went in to sign my paperwork to activate my reservist status, I was pulled aside and told I did not make physical requirements. Basically meaning I was too overweight and it crushed my heart into a million pieces.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My turning point was when I was told I could not be a reservist because I was considered obese and too over weight and if I wanted to come back I would have to lose the weight first.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I got started by ordering a beachbody challenge pack I saw being advertised. It was the PiYo which consisted of a mix of pilates and yoga and a monthly supply of there famous Shakeology!
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started to see a change in my mood within a week of following the program and drinking my shakes. About the 3 week mark in I started to notice my clothes were fitting looser and I could physically walk up the stairs without being as winded as I was the previous weeks.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The biggest challenge was lack of funds and having my husband being deployed during this time. It was either I could pay for an expensive gym membership that offered daycare and not be able to shop as organic and buy the supplements I wanted. Or be able to buy some sort of protein shake and shop all organic for my food and find something I could do at home with little to no equipment. Sounds impossible right?!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
YES!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!! At about the 3 month mark I had lost 50 pounds and I was feeling great! I was on top of the world because I stayed true to myself, I was going to be able to go back to something sort of like my Active Duty job.
When I went back in and weighed in, I was again pulled to the side and told it wasn’t enough. My heart I had worked so hard on rebuilding was about to explode again!! My eyes started to tear up as I tried to hold them back and the recruiter I was working with looked me in the eyes and said “I know you have been working hard, do not give up! I will keep your files for the next couple months and if you can lose the rest of the weight we would love to have you back.”
I asked him how far away I was and at that point I was only 35 pounds away. This time I ordered another Challenge Pack from Beachbody, The Brazilian Butt Lift, it was a step up with more cardio from PiYo Fit. And I also hired a personal trainer to help with strength training 3 times a week.
She helped teach me form with weights and how to meal prep with counting macros. After about a month of seeing her she told me I would make a great coach because of the passion and dedication she had briefly saw. She Then helped me look into places to get certified and encouraged me to change my degree into nutrition.
I kept these suggestions in the back of my mind because I was so set on being a Sailor and only a Sailor at the time.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
When I lost my first 50 pounds I plateaued. And the crazy thing is I didn’t feel like it was a plateau until I was told I needed to lose 35 more pounds to be back to my service member weight.
I stuck to the program I was doing but after yet another “first week in” I realized I needed to change up my routine.
I ordered another the Brazil Butt Lift from Beachbody as well as hired a personal trainer to help teach me form and how to weight lift and of course for the face to face accountability.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me about 7 months to lose the weight and to keep it off.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
When I finally had lost all my weight and was able to join the reserves, I ended up tearing up my paperwork and telling them no. I fought so hard for a dream that really wasn’t my dream!
The hardest road I have ever walked ended up being the most rewarding journey I have ever had.
I am now a personal trainer through ASFA (American Sports and Fitness Association) and a ROCK STAR Coach with beachbody!! I work from home and have built a gym, InSpires Fitness, from scratch for all my clients and challengers to use as their safe place and help my coaches train and pass the fitness knowledge forward!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I now eat 6 small meals a day consisting of lean meats, colorful fruits and vegetables, and lots of good fats and I drink about a gallon of water a day! As compared to 1-2 meals of junk food or fast food a day and drinking soda and juices all day.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am in the best physical shape of my life! I would have never thought I would be more fit than when I graduated from bootcamp so that says a lot! I am able to keep up with our now toddler and am confident with joining fitness teams who run races, lift, and compete together.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- YOU CANNOT OUT TRAIN YOUR NUTRITION!!!
You can live in a gym for 3+ hours a day, but if you are not eating in proportion and making healthy decisions you will not see the results you desire!
- MAKE A PLAN AND STICK TO IT!!
Don’t be a bandwagoner!! If you want to do a program, stick to it!! Give it 110% before saying something doesn’t work!! Write it down and follow it!! With that being said also enjoy a cheat meal every 2 weeks and don’t feel guilty about it, YOU EARNED IT!! As long as you’re sticking to your plan that is!
- EMBRACE THE SUCK!!
The weightloss journey is rough!! We never stay on a nice clear path, there will always be obstacles you have to overcome and 10 times out of 10 they suck!! EMBRACE it and make it fun!!
- DRINK SHAKEOLOGY!!!
This one sounds so MLM, but I promise you it is power packed with over 75 vitamins, minerals, and super foods to give you that extra kick you need! Not only did it benefit me nutritional wise, it has helped with hair growing longer and silkier, my mood and boosting endorphins, and my organs!! I feel younger than I ever have!!
- CELEBRATE EVERY MILESTONE AND REWARD YOURSELF!!
No matter how small and insignificant it might seem let yourself know you are doing a kick ass job!! I keep a journal where I write daily notes to myself and log my workouts and how I’m doing and can improve!! When I hit certain goals I reward myself with certain prizes! It could be a new shirt or a spa day!!
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