Leslie lost 18 pounds. Meal prep and clean eating are her secret weapons. With the help of her coach, she was able to achieve impressive results and adopt a new lifestyle. Check out her story.
What was your motivation?
After my son’s first birthday and the annual neighborhood reunion, I saw pictures of myself, and I was disgusted and sad.
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
I would ask myself, “Do I want to cheat, do I want to skip the workout OR do I want to reach my goal? The more you cheat or skip a workout, the longer it will take to reach your goal.” I was focused on my goal. I really wanted to reach my goal and not let myself down. I haven’t been under 200 pounds in over 20 years. I wanted to finally get under 200lbs.
How did you change your eating habits?
MEAL PREPPING and CLEAN MEALS were the KEY! I gave up late night snacking. I ate a variety of foods from all the food groups. I stopped eating junk food (mostly cake, cookies, chips) and sugary juices.
Did you use a specific plan or program?
Terry Starks’ 35 Day Transformation. I read so many stories of women on BWLW who worked with Terry and had great results, so I reached out to him. His plan is real! It focuses on clean eating from all food groups, a variety of lean meats, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, diary, and complex carbs.
What did your workout routine consist of?
My workouts consisted of cardio on the treadmill, YouTube videos, or working out on the stationary bike.
How often did you workout?
30 minutes in the morning. Then, after a few weeks, I work out for 30 minutes twice a day in the morning and at night.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 211 pounds, and my current weight is 193 pounds. My height is 5’3”.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
December 31, 2018, and my transformation took 35 days.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Meal prepping is the key for me. It helps me not to cheat. I plan my meals in advance for at home, at work, and on the go!
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
Keep pushing until you reach your goal. Focus on small goals (for example, 5-10 pound goals taken one at a time are easier to achieve).
Track your progress. (I had a FitBit, but switched to an Apple Watch.) Reward your success (i.e., a new outfit, haircut, or a new pair of shoes). Also, get some accountability partners to keep you motivated and in check.