{THE BASICS}

Age: 41

Profession: Wife for almost 16 years, Mom to two teenagers and Special Education Assistant for 7 years

How long have you been on this weight loss journey? My weight has been basically a yo-yo all my life, mostly on the heavy end. My turning point was in February of 2012 when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Weight Loss/Inches: Almost 30 pounds so far but that fluctuates at times. I am not really sure about the inches but I didn’t do measurements until after coming to bootcamp for several months. I am down 3 pants sizes!

{MY STORY}

What was your “low point”? In February of 2012 I went to the doctor and was told I had high blood pressure and was on the verge of medication. I knew then that something had to change and I needed to make time for myself.

How did you get started? In February 2012 I began riding a bike. Sometimes I rode a stationary bike and sometimes I rode a bike outside. I began eating healthier. Several of my neighbors had been attending boot camp with Live Fit and encouraged me to come. I thought it would be way too hard. Finally at the end of April in 2012, I decided to give it a try. I was hooked. I was addicted. I felt so much better after working out and even on the days it was really cold or no one else wanted to go, I came alone. It felt so good to get my day started off that way so early in the morning.

What is your workout routine and eating plan? I attend bootcamp 3 to 4 mornings a week and have started running. I have never been a runner, but decided to train for the Biggest Loser 5k and have found that I do enjoy it. When I first started I couldn’t make it 2 minutes without being winded and feeling out of breath. During the Biggest Loser 5k I ran over 2.5 miles without stopping and really had no idea how far I had gone. I was pumped. I am counting my calories and entering everything I eat into My Fitness Pal. I am linked up with my friends which keeps me accountable. I am also trying to not eat past 7pm and night time eating has always been my weakness.

{HELP US}

What are your top 3 favorite resources that helped you along the way? 1.) My Fitness Pal – http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ – This has been great for tracking my calories and watching what I eat.

2.) The Trainers with Live Fit. Adina, Becky, Wendy, Courtney, Amy and Elizabeth have all been so encouraging and are a wealth of knowledge.

3.) The Biggest Loser television show. I love watching the workouts of the contestants and getting ideas and recipes from them. I love listening to Bob and Jillian and taking in all their advice.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting? Quit waiting. I used to think that could never be me. I could never do those workouts or be that dedicated to a weight loss program. I could never run or do a burpee or rock some pushups. But I can. I am that person now and they can too.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is in the process but is feeling discouraged? Change it up. I was in a rut once and just had to mix it up. I tried TRX and running instead of bootcamp 4 days a week. It keeps you from getting burned out. Always remember that if you mess up today, you can start fresh tomorrow. Don’t let one mess up be your excuse for quitting.

If you are a parent, how have you balanced everything? I have two teenagers so life is busy. I like to work out first thing in the morning while everyone else is still asleep. This way nothing gets in my way. I have no excuse!