Update: Congrats go out to Nieta. This former caterer just launched her clean eating blog! Check it out. (more on how she lost 48 pounds below…)
SimplyCleanCheating.com “As a former caterer, I combined my passion for food with fitness and created Simply Clean Cheating. Clean ChEATing is about taking our food temptations or the foods we love and making them waist friendly. We focus so much on what we CAN’T eat when on a fat loss plan, we don’t focus on the array of varieties and swaps we can make to stay excited about the food we eat while on the journey. This is the place where health meets comfort.”
IG: @simplycleancheating and facebook.com/simplycleancheating.
Transformation of the Day: Nieta lost 48 pounds. This awesome mom and wife had been on the weight loss rollercoaster for a number of years. With clean, low carb eating and a real commitment to regular exercise she has transformed her body and her mindset. Now, she is committed to helping others change their lives. Check out how she did it.
In 2006, I got a breast reduction and with those gone, that muffin top was more apparent. I went to Weight Watchers and lost 60 pounds. Then I got married and had a child. In 2013, my son was diagnosed w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder. I began living like nothing mattered other than “fixing” him. His diagnosis became my obsession and I let myself go. I ate/drank whatever I wanted. I went to work with an “As long as I show up…” attitude. All but 13 lbs. of the weight I’d lost came back.
Life is way too short and I was obsessing over my son’s condition, something I have NO control over. So, I went back to “exercising” (doing cardio) and clean eating. I lost 30 lbs. but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. Got a new job where office food is the norm and gained 28 of those pounds back. It was time to get off of this rollercoaster. It took a while, but something clicked a year ago.
My husband proposed a low-carb diet. My first reaction was “I don’t eat a lot of carbs.” I started really analyzing what I eat. I was eating clean, but you can still have too much of a good thing. Brown rice, wheat pasta, FRUIT… my fruit intake was crazy. I lost 5 lbs. during the first week of going low carb and everything just came together.
I also began weightlifting, doing the Body Beast program, and doing loads of research on macros, carb intake and eating for your body type. I combined my love of food with fitness and started my Instagram page @simplycleancheating to share what I eat daily so people don’t think losing weight is only grilled chicken and broccoli. My motivation is me and helping others through my page.
I want to be the best I can possibly be mentally and physically. Clothes I would have never thought I would wear are now in my closet. I had to get real with my goals and expectations. Consistency is ESSENTIAL in weight loss. Even if the process doesn’t seem to working fast enough, trust it. No one becomes overweight overnight, and the same goes for losing it. So here’s my “current,” not “after” pic, because it’s for life, it doesn’t end. I’m 48 lbs. down and only getting better.
What kinds of unhealthy food did you have to cut out?
In the very beginning, juice and fried foods. After about 2 yrs of clean eating, I cleaned my diet up even more. I drastically cut my carb intake: wheat pasta, sweet potatoes fruit and brown rice. I eat primarily lean proteins, veggies, almonds, berries, and healthy fats. I only drink water. I also had a really bad sweet tooth and needed “something sweet” after every meal. I learned ways to eliminate that need, and if a situation occurred where the craving won’t go away, I eat a small piece of 70% dark chocolate.
What did your exercise routine look like?
Initially, I did mostly cardio at the gym with the treadmill and elliptical. I also used Shaun T’s T25 and Insanity programs. My current routine consists of Body Beast which is primarily weightlifting and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This could be Plyo, stair climbing or anything that challenges me. I also do a 3 mile lunch walk daily. The changes lifting has made for my body is nothing short of amazing. I workout 5-6 days a week and can finally do full push-ups!
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 237 lbs. I am currently 189. My highest size in my entire weight loss journey was a size 20. Now, I wear size 12. (Occasionally a size 14 depending on the brand) My height is 5’2″.
How long did your transformation take so far?
I began in June 2015. I hit 189 lbs. recently (June).
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Stop lying to yourself about where you want to be and how you want to feel/look. I was in denial for YEARS. I made so many excuses, “they make these clothes too small,” or “having my son got me like this.” I also “played fit” for a while, telling people what to eat and advising them to be consistent and I wasn’t. I had to have an HONEST conversation with myself. I became CONSISTENT which, besides discipline, is the magic answer. I get up at 5a.m. every morning whether I want to or not. My goals are bigger than that extra 20 min. of sleep.
Last piece of advice: Research what you eat.
Personal IG: @banini_gets_fit