Transformation of the day: Brandy lost 107 pounds. In the past three years, she has released the weight despite several challenges, including hospitalizations and injuries. Working with your coach, taking cycling classes and discovering what healthy eating habits work for her has been essential to her success.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to follow when you wanted to give up?
My motivation to exercise and eat well is not natural for me, but it had to be done. I am 32 years old and I lost a little more than 100 pounds naturally. I have 5 & # 39; 1 ", and when I started, I was pushing 300 pounds to 293 pounds.
I was very confident, but the weight was always in the back of my mind. In October 2016, while on vacation with my grandmother, I went for a run and since then I have not stopped. It was the best decision I've made. Of course, it was difficult, and I absolutely HATE it. However, knowing that I saw a difference in my body is what really kept me going.
In the last three years of exercise, I have dealt with natural disasters, hospitalizations and injuries … along with the usual pains we all have. Those things did not depress me.
How did you change your eating habits?
He was like anyone starting from scratch, with little or no knowledge about how essential eating habits will be on this weight loss journey. I did the normal thing of eating healthy during the week and having a "cheat meal" during the weekend (really a cheat weekend). This behavior would kill all the progress that could have made a difference.
It wasn't until I got a personal trainer, @seangotti_ of @ @train2gain.htx, that I could understand how important my food choices would be to reach my goals. I joke a lot about how much I love potatoes. I must say that Sean understood and did not take my potatoes. It made me understand the importance of balancing your eating habits. Nor did he remove the carbohydrates. Instead, he made sure he understood how to incorporate them and make the best decisions about when to eat them. The goal was to make sure to establish lifestyle habits that I could really continue. I am making carbohydrates while practicing intermittent fasting. It's hard to meet some days, but if I'm wrong, I don't let that kill the rest of my day. (When I say disorder, I am talking about not spending my fasting time).
What was your exercise routine?
Before 2016, I always tried to lose weight. I have yoyo with the best of them. During the many trial and error phases of this trip, I fell in love with indoor cycling. I used indoor cycling as my usual exercise until I started with my coach, who helped me realize the importance of strength training. I still cycle, but much less since I lost most of my weight. I am focusing on strength training to tone.
The first two years were extremely strict. I worked 5 to 6 days a week, and two of the days were two per day. I still do 5 to 6 days a week, but I rarely do twice a day with my schedule. At first, I had several training partners that helped me stay motivated. Now, most of the time, it's just my coach and I … unless I'm with my cycling family.
What was your initial weight? what is your current weight?
My initial weight was 293 pounds, and my current weight is 186 pounds.
How long did your transformation take?
So far, this has been a natural trip of three years. I am still on this trip. I'm not done yet.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
The biggest lesson I learned is patience and discipline. I gained patience to realize that this is not a success overnight. Every trip is different, and there will be absolutely obstacles. It is up to you how you handle them. As for discipline, this means not going out with your friends and saying no to meetings so you don't feel tempted to drink and eat late at home. No more fun dating for lunch with my friends. I did this for some time until it no longer bothered me or I was really tempted to please myself. I can attend a party or two, but I'm still quite selective.
Another great lesson my coach taught me is: "YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CHEAT FOOD EVERY WEEK". Hell, I spend months without a cheat meal. At first, I thought I was crazy, but now I see the benefit. I am super selective in my cheat meals when I get one. Not all "good" foods are worth the calorie intake. I've learned to say: "I've had that before, I know what it tastes like."
What advice do you have for other people who want to lose weight?
My advice to those on the trip: use this time wisely. I remember looking at people for years and seeing them drop large numbers on the scale. I remember seeing that they did it in 10 months or less and try to compare my trip. I wasted a lot of time trying to find a quick solution. Once I stopped making excuses and tried to find the easy way out, I really made progress (no matter how slow it was). I am sure that I will work hard to maintain and maintain weight.
Oh yes … don't be a slave to the scale. He is not your friend.