Transformation of the Day: Dytonya lost 57 pounds. Weight gain led to joint issues and breathing problems. She tried to release the pounds, but the ups and downs of fad dieting were making this mom miserable. After watching a friend’s transformation journey, she decided to join the same program and recieved the guidance and support she needed. Check out her story.
My story of becoming a better me started in 2017 when my then 10 year old daughter told me I could no longer blame her for being fat! And yes, she said it just like that, LOL.
You never remember when the weight gain started until it’s too late, but looking back I started noticing it in 2015. By the Summer of 2017, I was at my heaviest: 217 pounds and wearing a size 14. (Height: 5’6″) I was not happy, and I began to have joint and breathing problems. I said to myself, “Damn, I didn’t weight this much while carrying or after delivering a 9 pound baby!”
Now, I had always been an athlete so working out was always apart of my lifestyle. I ran competitive track from 6th grade through college, and my workouts were tough! I wanted to quit everyday because I hated the pain of my body hurting from working out. I even coached top high school athletes for 11 years. (This will tie into my Transformation, I promise!)
From 2015-2017, I started working out again on my own and did all the fad diets… ALL OF THEM… to lose the weight. I even set up a consultation to have lipo! I lost some weight and then gained some. l lost more weight and then gained more. I WAS MISERABLE!
In 2016, one of my friends (and track mate) of 30+ years showed me the transformation of one of my childhood neighbors on the ReggieCFitness FB page. She also started working with Reggie that year! I followed her transformation journey for a whole year before I decide to join the program in May 2017.
I committed to cutting down on my sweet consumption. Instead I used it as an award for dropping weight and my body fat. I learned how to eat clean by incorporating smaller meal portions. In my meals before 3:00 pm, I had 4-5 oz of protein, veggies and carbs.
I’m the beginning, I was working out 7 days a week; including cardio 4 days a week and 8-10 Boot camp classes each week. My body became so exhausted that couldn’t function, so I learned to take 1-2 rest days per week.
My weight loss goal going in was to lose 50 lbs and gain muscle. My current weight is 160 pounds. What I found during this journey was that I still wanted to quit everyday because my body was in more pain! More importantly, I found a renewed level of strength, perseverance, discipline, and a love for working out! Reggie and his transformation team was there every pound of the way. Quitting was not an option in their book!
Here are my 5 takeaways that I gained from going through my transformation:
1. I learned how to eat better and learned what foods worked for me! When I really became disciplined, changing how and what I ate, I started seeing the biggest gains. My devil food was sweets, so I started treating myself to a No Guilt dessert reward! I need this more so for my mental sanity.
2. I killed myself by working out 7 days a week in the beginning; AM Cardio, 3 Bootcamp classes in the evenings, back in the gym for late night cardio. By the end of the week, I struggled to function! Plus, I was a full time mother with a full time job. I had to find a balance! I learned to take 1 full day off, and then a 2nd day of just doing morning cardio. You have to give your body rest from strenuous workouts if you are not use to them.
3. Find an accountability partner, group or team! It truly helped me seeing other women working towards their goals. We never let each other quit. At RCFitness everyone, new and old, will hold each other accountable through encouragement and motivation.
4. Be patient! The results will come if you commit to the process. I didn’t gain those pounds fast, so I knew I wouldn’t lose them fast!
5. Lastly, Set goals, really commit to those goals, smash your goals and rest your body. Right now, I’m trying to get my abs to peak through!