Profession: Team Beachbody Coach
Height: 5’ 4”
Beginning Weight: 264 lbs.
Ending Weight: 196 lbs.
Size Before: 24
Current Size: 16
How long has it taken you to reach your goal?: I started in 2011, and from 2012-2013, I maintained what I lost. At the end of 2013, I refocused to finish losing the rest of the weight I originally wanted to.
What motivated you to lose weight?: I have had arthritis for about 20 years. At the end of the day, I was unable to stand without help because my joints were so stiff. I had to use furniture and walls to help me move around. I was unable to keep up with my kids. I thought I would be in a wheelchair in no time and that wasn’t an option.
How often do you work out?: I currently work out 6 days a week.
What were your worst diet habits before you began to lose weight?: I would eat a lot of carbs, which made me so tired that I just didn’t want to do anything. I always had bread at the table with every meal, no matter what it was. Junk food was my friend because it was quick and easy. Also, I didn’t eat a lot of vegetables. Lastly, I would always eat late at night, then go to bed.
What dietary changes did you make? I stopped putting bread on the table. I began having 5 small meals a day, instead of 3 big ones. I learned what kinds of healthy snacks to have. I have also adjusted my eating times so my body has time to digest before I go to bed. Vegetables have become a mainstay in my diet.
What is your go-to healthy snack?: Yoplait Light Yogurt. There are so many different flavors.
What food will you not give up?: Chocolate! I don’t feel I have to, but I do moderate it. I can have a couple chocolate wafers and just let them melt in my mouth.
What is your favorite thing about losing weight? My favorite parts are being able to get up without help and to move around without holding on to things. I love being active again and not being out of breath with every few steps. As a Coach for Beachbody, I am able to share my experience and use my knowledge to help others succeed like I have because I know how much of a struggle it can be.
What are your future fitness goals?: My future fitness goal is to continue losing the rest of the weight I originally set out to lose. After losing the weight, I will continue to work out so I can maintain my current level of fitness. My arthritis was controlling me, but by eating healthier and exercising regularly I have control over it and will continue to keep control. While doing so, I plan on continuing to help others attain their nutrition and fitness goals.
What advice do you have for others to inspire them to lose weight?: I tell people to take the first step. Sitting and giving up will only make it worse. Everyone feels they can’t do certain exercises, but there is always a modification. Also, you don’t have to go it alone. There are friends, family, even coaches out there who are willing to help. Losing the weight will give you more energy, improve your health, and increase your quality of life.
Additional Comments: People have to understand this is not a diet; this is a lifestyle change and a journey. It will take time. It might be hard at times and you may want to quit; however, the reward for continuing is so much greater. You will do things you never thought you were capable of, or thought you would never do again.