Update: Bianca lost 28 more pounds for a total of 95 pounds gone. She completed her first figure competition in May. In this update, she shares with us how she continues to get awesome results with clean eating and exercise.
I have maintained a healthy weight since my figure competition in May. I have been working on bulking and I continue to eat clean. I give myself a couple of cheat meals during the weekends, but I continue to workout 5 to 6 days a week. My current focus is on weight training and building muscle mass.
I have learned to eat differently and to understand that there is a balance when it comes to nutrition. Now, I enjoy eating a variety of foods and I never feel deprived. Another thing I’m doing is seeking out new recipes to cook for added protein and energy. I look forward to my next competition. I’m going to start prepping next month. I’m focused and determined and can’t wait to see where this journey leads me now.
Once you know better and really get educated, you truly do better. It’s always one day at a time. Never give up and don’t be afraid to experiment. Try new things. Don’t be hard on yourself. Remember, you are your own biggest supporter and confident.
Mix up your workouts. Hire a health coach. Take courses on health and wellness to gain more knowledge. Keep falling in love with yourself all over again, everyday, because you are worth it.
Dec 2016: Transformation of the Day: Bianca lost 67 pounds. She also went from 43% to 21% body fat. On the verge of developing hypertension and diabetes, she knew that it was time to put the focus on her health. Cutting down on carbs, weight training and running are major parts of her success. Check out how she took action and got awesome results.
I’ve lost 67 pounds in one year, decreased my body fat from 43% to 21% and I’m still working hard. My journey began in November 2015.
My motivation to get healthy was the concern I had about my overall health. I was on the verge of facing health issues, like hypertension and diabetes, which was pretty scary for me. What has kept me going during my transformation was thinking about how much better I feel. I have more energy, my heart doesn’t race and I’m not fatigued. I feel better mentally as well.
There wasn’t a specific diet plan that I followed. I eliminated refined carbs, like breads and pastas. I also eliminated my sugar intake. I went with a more protein-based diet and ate lots of lean meat and fresh vegetables.
I began by working out a few days a week and eventually I hired a personal trainer. I focused on weight training and cardio. Gradually, I increased my workout days from a few to everyday of the week. I now run and weight train, still with my personal trainer. I run 3-5 miles everyday and incorporate other things like hot yoga and pilates into my exercise routine.
My starting weight was 216 pounds and 43% body fat on 11/30/2015. My current weight is 149 pounds and 21% body fat and counting as of today 12/3/2016. I am 5’2. No surgery. It has taken about a year and I’m still working on my transformation.
My advice to others is to stay focused and get excited about what is yet to come. Know that it’s not going to happen overnight. Be patient with yourself. It’s really about reprogramming your brain and the way you think about food.