Transformation of the Day: Shaun lost 67 pounds. Fads and yo-yo dieting didn’t work for her. This determined mom wanted to be a healthy example for her loved ones, especially her children. She took action and hasn’t turned back. Check out how she used cardio, strength training clean eating to change her life.
Prior to having children, I was slim. I could eat anything and not gain weight. During my first pregnancy, I gained 60 pounds and struggled with my weight for years. I went up and down on the scale because I didn’t truly know what to do. I would try unhealthy, fad diets that took off the pounds, but they were only temporary. There were times when I was skinny and unhealthy looking and other times that I just blew up.
On Dec. 15, 2013, I weighed 241.2 pounds. This was not my heaviest weight, but this was when I took my life back, and became mentally and physically determined. No more yo-yo dieting for me. I wanted to me a healthy example for my family, especially my children. I learned that I needed cardio, strength, and healthy nutrition to be successful. I lost 45 pounds in 2014 and kept going with a goal to tone up. I fell in love with my healthy lifestyle.
I’ve used the three-tier approach (cardio\strength\clean eating) and have surpassed by original weight and inches goals. I’ve have lost over 65 pounds. Now that I have my mind right, there is no stopping me. I am 5’10″ and currently weigh 174 pounds. I look and feel better now at the age of 40 than I did in my unhealthy twenties.
Eating Habits: I changed my meal plan up to make sure my body doesn’t get to use to the same thing so I’m able to see continuous results. My body reacts well to a low carb and high protein meal plan. I eat every three hours to keep my metabolism as it should be. I also like to detox periodically with green smoothies. I often research other healthy options and test to see what I can incorporate into my plan. I eat for my goals and to fuel my body.
Exercise: Having an onsite gym at work played a major role in my success. They offer a lot of classes, so I get to change things up often. You need to challenge your body to see results. I like Trekking, which is a high intensity class where you go from walking to jogging to sprinting. I love Zumba and the circuit classes that combine cardio and strength. Becoming a Zumba instructor is one of my goals. I enjoy running and I’ve completed several 5Ks, 10Ks, and 12Ks. I have completed two half-marathons and a Navy Seals inspired BattleFrog Carolinas Event.
I have a great support system that includes a couple of ‘Fit Sisters’. We push, motivate, and inspire each other. It is helpful to be around women with similar interests who agree that this is a lifestyle, not a diet. I co-hosted several online healthy lifestyle challenges in which participants lost over 25 pounds and kept it off. #JMSFitnessChallenge. This is just the beginning!
I found my balance by combining cardio, strength training and good (healthy\clean) nutrition. I trust the process and live in a manner that will help me reach/maintain my goals. Current Goal = Healthy and Happy!