Jamie lost 28 pounds. After she gave birth, she felt like she was in a fog. She decided to re-commit to her lifestyle goals and become the best version of herself. At-home workout programs gave her the guidance she needed.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I took this before picture two weeks postpartum. At this time, I was in a fog and haze. I was at my heaviest weight in life. While my biggest blessing had just occurred, I didn’t feel anything like myself.
My motivation definitely came and went during this journey, but I remembered that I needed to be my best self for my family. Most importantly, this process became my form of therapy! It was MY time, and it was FOR ME.
How did you change your eating habits?
I utilized the eating plans that were offered with my at-home workout programs. One system utilized a color-coded portion control containers, so you learn how much of the right foods to take in.
When I was breastfeeding, I utilized another eating plan that teaches you how to plate your food correctly. This program also emphasizes water intake and conquering emotional eating. I didn’t drink any sodas or sugary drinks. I cut out fried foods, reduced my processed foods, and focused mostly on eating whole foods.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
I worked out 4-5 times a week. My workouts ranged from bodyweight exercises (no equipment) to dynamic, functional workouts that combined cardio conditioning and strength training (weight lifting)
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
Postpartum, I started at 221 pounds, and now I’m at 193 pounds. Today I am an online health and fitness coach. I utilize specific workouts programs, connect with my accountability groups, and follow the eating plans.
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When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
My journey originally began in 2012, but my postpartum journey began in 2018 (at the highest weight I’ve ever been in my life). My weight loss and body composition change took 20 months.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, I have not had weight loss surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Forget about the scale! Learn to tie your emotions to the efforts and not the results. Ask yourself whether you are doing all the things you NEED to do to bring about the changes you desire. That’s a level of honesty that many people struggle to admit to themselves.
When you stay the course of doing the efforts and actions, the results will occur as they are supposed to. My numerical weight loss may not look like much, but the emotional, spiritual, and physical changes have been insurmountable.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Never lose sight of your goals. When the motivation is gone, remember why you are on this journey and let discipline take over. Have grace for yourself along the way, and keep the fire going because you deserve to be your happiest version of self.