I was an over weight child who quickly turned into a morbid obese teen. At my 19th birthday I was 250 lbs, bingeing multiple times a week, severely addicted to food, and out of control.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I cut out ALL fast food and it was SOOOO SO SOOO HARD! As I would drive down the street my mind would rage a war against me when we passed any restaurant. I changed my schedule at work so I no longer worked late at night when my bingeing usually happened. I stated going to the gym every day even twice a day.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? Weight loss for me was a rollercoaster because I suffered from severe out of control bingeing episodes. It took me years to figure them out. When i stick to my meal plan I always see great results. It’s being consistent and actually doing it that was the hard part of me. It took me 2 years to lose a 100 lbs. it is now 10 years and 2 babies later and I’m still working on my health. It’s been a journey but Im not giving up. I still have some baby weight to lose and that’s ok too.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? Alll the time. My favorite quote is “Good habits are just as bad to break as bad habits” I can’t rely on motivation because it come and goes. I focus on creating habits that will stick long term.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? It took me 2 years to lose a 100 lbs. it is now 10 years and 2 babies later and I’m still working on my health.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Food was my comfort. Food was was pleasure that let me live in denial.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? My first workouts were tae bo in my basement and walks around the block. Got a gym membership and fell in love with Zumba. I was the biggest girl in class.
I now am a certified fitness instructor and I have been teaching dance fitness class at the gym for 7 year!
I went from the back of the room to the instructor. I want my class to be a safe haven for people at any point in their journey. When I see beginners come to my class I see myself and I always talk to them and praise them for coming.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Anger is an amazing motivator! Get pissed about the problems you want to change
- Eat a TON of veggies! If you have an uncontrollable appetite don’t limit low cal veggies.
- Go to bed early. Willpower gets weaker and you get more tired
- Find an exercise that you Love and do it