Transformation of the Day: Dee lost 53 pounds. She just wanted to be a healthier person, so she put in the work. Now, she’s ready to compete in her first fitness competition in March. She had a great support system to keep her on motivated and on track. Check out what she shared with us.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was just becoming healthier person. Having a supportive husband and daughter has also kept me motivated on my fitness journey. The thing that most inspired me not to give up was watching the journeys of other people who had way more health challenges than me. I thought to myself, “If he or she can do it, surely I can too.”
How did you lose the weight?
My eating habits were not bad, but they could have been better. As much as I was working out, you would think my eating was FANTASTIC. Back in the summer of 2016, my Zumba instructor approached me about doing a fitness competition. I was puzzled at first as to why she thought I would be a good fit for it because at the time I weighed around 172 pounds. I wasn’t sure what she saw, but she saw SOMETHING. At this point, I knew that I needed to get my eating under control. If I wanted to compete, I could not continue with the same bad eating habits. I continued to workout and eat ok, but it still was not good enough to get me to the level you need to reach for competition.
I reached out to a guy by name of Julius Miles of Gladiator Fitness in Atlanta, GA for help. He
provided me with a workout and meal plan that catered to my desire to compete. Julius is great when it comes to accountability. It was MANDATORY that I send weekly progress pictures to him. Not only did this help me, but it also helped him design my meal plans. I currently workout 6 days a week with the workout plan that Julius designed for me.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
The heaviest I ever been was 191 pounds. When I started with Julius in September 2017, I weighed 160 pounds and now I weigh 138 pounds. My height is 5’2 1/2″.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Consistency is key. No matter how hard the journey is, the reward is great. It’s especially great knowing what you did to reach your goal. I am proud to say that I will be competing in my first
competition on March 24, 2018.
What advice would you share with other people who want to lose the weight?
Don’t give up. Stay encouraged. Keep positive people in your corner.