Before my transformation, I wasn't aware of how to eat right. I knew salads were good for me, but I would load them with unhealthy dressings and bacon bits, etc.
I was very active with softball and volleyball as a teenager, so I knew that working out was good for me. I just chose not to do it on top of going to practices.
I decided to make a change when I stepped on the scale and saw I was over 230lbs. I honestly thought I weighed around 180lbs.
The mother of my significant other at the time was big into Weight Watchers, so I asked her about the program and she gave me all the right tools to start tracking my points. It was the key to my weight loss.
What Were Your Major Struggles or Challenges?
The biggest challenge was to not overeat when I saw other people doing so. The first two weeks of changing up my eating habits had me running from the shower to the fridge for a yogurt before I passed out.
I cut my bad eating habits off. There was no easing into the eating portion of my weight loss. I simply started my journey all in one day.
Detail Your Workout and Cardio Plan During Your Transformation
The first year I did nothing but walk a mile or two around my college's campus. The second year I decided to engage in the gym environment. I started using the elliptical in the evening for about 15-20 minutes (incline-8, resistance-5).
A few months later I decided to bump up my workout to 35-30 minutes (incline 8, resistance-8). Then it was 30-45 minutes, depending on how tired I was after classes and work (incline-12, resistance 9). I worked out on the elliptical and then ran my first 5k and got into running after completing the race in under 22 minutes.
I now workout with weights and the elliptical. At the gym, I do 45-60 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights and abs (random sets, full body everyday). If the weather is nice and I don't feel like going to the gym, I throw my headphones on and go for a 6-8 mile run around town.
Detail Your Diet/Eating Plan During Your Transformation
I used the Weight Watchers Points+ program from 2012. I started to hit points where I would stop losing weight no matter what I did, so I would go have a cheat meal.
I switched from pop to water, fat-free dressings on my salads, loads of fruits and vegetables, and let's not forget PB2 peanut powder instead of the loaded oily peanut butter. I eat salads with grilled chicken most days and I also eat Arctic Zero whenever I am craving ice cream.
Detail Your Supplement Plan During Your Transformation
I didn't take any supplements. I ate a protein-packed meal after my workouts.
What Was Your Major Accomplishment, or Major Milestones?
My goal pants were a size 5/6 and I am a size 1/2 in women's jeans. I started at a snug 13/14.
I am able to run and workout without feeling too exhausted. I am in the best shape of my life and I'm healthy.
In June 2016, I will be competing in a pro-qualifier bikini competition. Since I'm a beginner, I want to ease into it so early prep starts in January!
Detail Your 3 Biggest Mistakes
- I am way to hard on myself after eating a cheat meal. A cheat meal is a cheat meal as long as it isn't made a daily habit.
- I obsess over any small changes in my body, and at times I feel something is wrong with me if clothes don't fit in the store.
- Skipping a cheat meal. After skipping a cheat meal, my next "cheat meal" lasts 2-3 days because my body is so deprived.
- Abs come from the kitchen.
- I am more competitive with myself than with anyone else.
- I love grilled chicken on absolutely everything.
Don't dwell on what you're going to do tomorrow or next week. Do it now and the person you are tomorrow will thank you.
Also, if you take time from eating as healthy, or going to the gym as much as you want, don't beat yourself up. Tell yourself you're going to change right now and do it. Complaining about eating unhealthy and not moving will not get you the results you desire!
The sky is the limit!