Transformation Tuesday is upon us and instead of sharing a transformation story from the beachbody files of someone you don't know, I figured it would make sense to share mine!
So first, I'm still on my journey. It's a lifestyle and a lifelong journey. At my heaviest I weighed 208 pounds (to be fair, that was when I was about to give birth to my son and I prayed and prayed that he would weigh at least 60 POUNDS because there was just no way I gained THAT much weight during my pregnancy!!!) Needless to say, he weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and the struggle began!
Fast forward a year and I lost over 60 pounds due to the weight watchers program (Beachbody hadn't come into my life yet). But guess what else I lost? My BUTT. My MUSCLE tone. And honestly, I was FLABBY. I lost all that weight using the points system and it did work. But it was expensive to attend the meetings and I wasn't incorporating exercise as often as I should have.
We moved to Indiana shortly after that weight loss and BOOM! I got a full time job at a major law firm in Indy and guess what? I gained back almost 40 pounds of that weight in a year! I stopped going to WW meetings. I started eating the extra food leftover in meetings and didn't start exercising.
I was SERIOUSLY DEPRESSED.
Then I found Turbojam on an infomercial back in January of 2006 and the REST IS HISTORY! lol I found Turbo, got certified, became a coach, found shakeology and challenge groups and found my thin self again ...
I did for a while. But this past year has been a struggle. I hit that magical age of 45 ++++++++ and NOTHING was working. I was gaining weight. I was tired. And I was not consistent with my own exercise (even though I taught group ex). And my food choices STUNK! Yes, I was drinking Shakeo but it can't help you if you don't exercise and you continue to eat junk food and fast food and bags of sour cream and onion potato chips! (fo realz!)
I had to do something. So I buckled down. No more junk. No more eating out. I read "Brain Maker" by Perlmutter and was mind blown. I stopped eating Gluten (even though i'm not gluten sensitive but wheat is inflammatory). I have been diligent with my sugar intake. I also eliminated most processed sugar from my diet. I focused on taking care of my gut. I started drinking Kombucha, eating greek yogurt (that's the only dairy I ingest), eating more raw whole veggies, and focused on eating for a healthy gut.
I started exercising regularly outside of my group ex classes, drank water and got enough sleep.
And, of course, continued with my Shakeology but added Flax seed and Chia seed to my Shakeo mix.
After a few weeks of this, I dropped close to 10 pounds, gained amazing energy, lost my foggy brain, and am able to focus like I haven't been able in a long while.
It's stilll ongoing and I haven't hit my "goal" number in inches or weight and honestly, I'm not counting on that as an indicator of my "success."
How I feel.
How I feel in my own skin.
How I feel during exercise.
How I feel trying on clothes.
How I feel walking into a room.
THATS my true indicator ... and the before and after pics!