{THE BASICS}

Age:37

Profession: CPA

How long have you been on this weight loss journey?  May 2012 – began weight loss, May 2013 began livefit

Weight Loss/Inches: 82 pounds – not sure on inches. Went from a size 16 (tightly fitting) to a size 8 (fits loose – a few items of clothing are size 6).

{YOUR STORY}

What was your “low point”? Embarrassed to eat in front of people because of how big I was and trying on clothes always sent me home in tears. Then at a normal check up with my doctor it was discovered my blood pressure was extremely high. After being put on the highest dose you could be put on for the medication I decided to try and lose weight.

How did you get started? At the advice of my doctor in order to get off of blood pressure medication I decided to start my weight loss. After losing weight for about a year the weight loss slowed down I needed to change things up. Aimee Montgomery and Kristin Farrell convinced me to try a bootcamp. After questioning them numerous times as to whether I would embarrass myself I decided I would go. That first class was HARD!!! They convinced me to go back one more time – this time for a bootcamp 101 class with Becky. It wasn’t easier physically, however, instead of focusing on difficulty I focused on having fun with the changes I was making for the better.

What is your workout routine and eating plan? Workout routine changes depending on seasons. Right now I attend 2-3 classes a week and run 2-3 times a week. Favorite classes are PurePower and Barre.

{HELP US!}

What are your top 3 favorite resources that helped you along the way?

1.) God

2.)Family and Friends

3.)LiveFit instructors of course!

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting? Call on a friend to give yourself an accountability partner. Start your journey with them. Write down the days you’re going to workout for the week and your meal plan for the week together. I have found these two things are the key! There have been plenty of times I wanted to sleep in. If you know someone is counting on you to be at class with them you are less likely to back out when you’re tired.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is in the process but is feeling discouraged? When you’re tired take a break. Just a short 2-3 day break from exercising and eating right will make you want to start back. You will realize instantly how bad eating wrong and not exercising will make you feel. You will have less energy and more weight to lose. Ok to take breaks (don’t make it a vacation) just get back to it ASAP!!

Anything else you would like to share? Set goals for yourself according to events in your life (baby steps to your goals – not one giant leap that seems unattainable). Lose 10 pounds by summer vacation, lose 10 pounds before a big meeting you have, lose 10 pounds to look good for your family at Christmas – whatever you can find to motivate you. Also, stay busy – I have found keeping myself busy with other things around the house keeps me out of the kitchen and out of the food. Go for a walk or play games with your kids – anything to stay away from the kitchen. Most importantly – pray! Sounds silly to pray for God to help you with your weight BUT you won’t be laughing when God makes you drop that piece pizza on the floor and you lose a pound on the scale the next day!

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