|Before & After. Down 11.6% Body Fat in 12 weeks!|
I grew up in a small town south of Canton, OH. I was always very active as a gymnast, dancer and competitive cheerleader. I pretty much spent my entire childhood in the gym and continued as I went on to college. I have always struggled with my weight. Although my habits didn't change often, my weight would yo yo without me even realizing. Even as I looked through old photos to find “before” and “after”, it was apparent that I gained and lost weight all throughout my life. After I graduated college and my regular workouts, dance and cheerleading stopped, I gained weight and it really never came off.
|Before: Cheerleading Athlete Lifestyle|
I had just moved to Cincinnati a few months prior when I started looking into a trainer. I was going to the gym everyday, yet I wasnt feeling stronger, nor was I losing weight. I knew i needed some help to get back on track. I work at Kroger and essentially eating is part of my everyday job. It makes it challenging to get on a diet and stay focused. I actually went to my first session with Danielle in December, yet didn't start with her until Memorial Day. I wasn't ready to commit my money or time. As my weight continued to climb and I continued to feel uncomfortable, I decided to take the plunge. I knew if I was going to do it right, I needed to do nutrition and workouts to jump start my plan. Luckily my family was able to support and help me with the investment into myself.
|Left: Before, Athlete Lifestyle. Middle: Non Athlete Lifestyle. Right: Back to an Athlete Lifestyle|
My goal was to lose 10% body fat in 12 weeks, and just to feel more comfortable and have more energy. My clothes were fitting tightly and I was just need happy.
I just googled Cincinnati training. Location was important to me so I had no excuse. Sweat happened to be just around the corner from both my house and my work and had great reviews. After meeting Danielle, I knew she would keep me motivated through the journey.
It was not easy. I travel for work which made it even harder. I got in a routine. I use the app Pact which allows you to set your gym goals and charges you for every day you do not meet your goal. Once the body fat started
I had one week where I lost nothing, and one week where I even gained 2% body fat back in a week. Those two weeks I was traveling a lot and not getting in enough gym time. I also wasn't following my meal rules as closely as I should. I was disappointed in myself and it was an eye opener. I had to kick it into gear if I wanted to make my end goal.
I am sticking to my meal and exercise plan. It is a lifestyle. It is something I am going to have to work at everyday. I know how hard it is to get down. I look forward to being at my goal size and being able just to maintain. I am mixing in new activities like hot yoga, hikes and outdoor bootcamps to keep my workouts interesting.
I try to do the same workouts on my own that I do in my sessions with Danielle. There were so many times that by the time work was over I had made excuses why I didn't need to go to the gym, so I decided to change them to morning workouts. I get up at 5:00AM and am in the gym from 5:30-6:30AM. For me, I prefer to get my workouts over. I listen to my body. If I'm not feeling it that day, I slow down the pace. Throughout the day, I try to take breaks to move and don't let myself just sit at my desk all day anymore.
I like that I know when I go into the gym what I need to do to get finished. I do my circuits and run my sprints and in less than an hour, I am finished for the day. If i am feeling extra motivated, after work I try to either walk or do yoga or something active and fun.
|Back To Feeling Like an Athlete Again!|
Although I work in food, I am no cook. I also am time crunched as I work long hours and am involved with other organizations. I knew I needed to make it as easy as possible. I decided to try crock-potting. I throw my turkey or chicken in the crock-pot with different spices. One of my favorites is chicken or turkey, a packet of low sodium taco seasoning (Kroger brand of course) and a can of crushed tomatoes with jalapeno peppers. I then would shred the chicken over Jasmine Rice for my very own burrito bowl. Crock-potting made it simple for me to prepare and weigh my meals and then they were ready for the week.
It has taught me how to lose weight in a sustainable way and how to eat in order to lose weight and keep it off. I look at food completely differently now. Before, eating was a hobby. I still love trying new foods and restaurants. But now, I treat myself and I know how to order and what to eat. I see food as fuel and not as entertainment.
If you are thinking about changing your lifestyle...Do it! You can continue to make excuses like money, time, energy, aches and pains,etc. You will always think of reasons why you shouldn't do it. But the truth is, the sooner you do it, the easier it will be to reach your goal. I spend money on vacations, clothes, education, yet was unsure if I could/ wanted to spend the money on another gym, another diet, another scheme. Sweat training and the fueling plan was the best investment in myself that I have ever made. I am a happier and more energetic person.
I want to continue to lose body fat and tone up. I would like to lose 10 more percent body fat. This is a lifestyle for me so the journey will never be “finished”. I want to be healthy and be able to maintain it.