Weight Loss Story of the Day: Scooter lost 54 pounds. Despite joint issues, she started exercising regularly and eating clean. Through some ups and downs, she stayed committed and her dedication shows! Here is what she shared with us about her journey…
What was your motivation?
I was motivated to lose weight due to health reasons. Serious joint issues started to slow me down and change my quality of life. In 2009, after another round of physical therapy for my knees, my therapist said, ” if you lost some weight, your knees would feel so much better.”
How did you change your eating habits?
I started eating less fried and processed foods. I began eating more vegetables and drinking more water. Also, I stopped eating meat in 2012.
What did your workout routines look like?
I didn’t workout before, now I teach SPIN class and group fitness classes 5 times a week. I do strength training and yoga as well.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I started at 210 pounds and I now weigh 156 pounds.
How long did your transformation take?
4 months to lose 30lbs (1/2010-4/2010) then the rest came off slow and steady. A few set backs had me putting on weight again, but I’m still losing. I was 166 pounds at the beginning of 2015 and I’m now down 10lbs.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
Keep moving and surround yourself with active, healthy people. Learn what eating clean can do for you and don’t be afraid to change your relationship with food. Also, don’t be afraid to lift heavy. I suggest reading The Eat Clean Diet, The New Rules for Lifting for Women and Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body.
Excerpt from her blog. – “I joined the gym in 2009 and hit the elliptical a few times a week. I didn’t change my diet much, but I lost a few pounds. My friend, Tracy, recommended a book to me called, “The Eat Clean Diet” that showed me how to rethink what I was eating and make some changes. Some were drastic some seemed doable. From 1/2010 to 4/2010, I lost almost 30lbs. During that time, I started lifting weights. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I fooled around on machines, read a few magazines and kept up the cardio. Then, I happened upon another book called, “The New Rules of Lifting for Women” and that showed me that lifting heavy is OK!
I stayed at it and lost a few more pounds, but I got stronger & stronger. I met a trainer, Dave Miller, on Facebook. He ran a boot camp in the city. He touted lifting heavy, clean eating and staying active. His mantra was just like my own, it was like we were on the same page… Read more about her journey at scooterphoenix.wordpress.com/
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