One of the biggest motivators for me to continue on this healthy lifestyle journey was to look at other people and their progress on their own journeys. I know that I am not the only person who has seen success or has methods of success so I thought it would be great to show some of the people who have inspired me and let them tell their story. Obviously everyone’s body is different so I want to remind people to not get discouraged if you don’t see the results you want right away or feel like you’re not seeing results at all. Just know that by taking the first step of even thinking of making a lifestyle change is a step in the right direction.
My first story is Lauren Lamar. We met four years ago while I was moving one of my really good friends into her dorm room and I’ve been inspired by her success ever since.
1. How did you get started on your healthy lifestyle change?
Join a gym is key. That initial step is getting off the couch and deciding to take the action to lose the weight is first . Working out not only makes you healthy, but you feel better and want to eat healthier. By joining a gym you’re using your hard earned money to get fit, you will be more motivated to go work out, if your using your own money every month. Secondly get the most out of your workout stay in the gym for 2 hours do 45 min of cardio burn 500 calories working on the elliptical or treadmill. One day do treadmill next day do elliptical the day after to the stair climber the next day do the bike. Always switch it up!!! Never keep the same routine because your body will get used to your workouts and stop burning the fat. Third eat healthier cut out bad foods like pizza & Chinese or if you eat that only once a week will help. 1200 calories intake daily will almost guarantee weight loss. Be smart and pick your battles! If you know you’re going to dinner Saturday night don’t eat a cheesesteak Friday afternoon. Do you understand?
Key is to eat a lean meat, vegetable, protein and fruit daily with your meals if you can’t be healthy with all three try to accomplish being healthy with two. Remember the more calories you burn in the gym the more calories you can eat.
Focus on strength training at the same time constantly switch it up. Arms one day, legs the next keep changing it. I hope I helped.
My goal is to be 165 I’m still on my journey to completing that mission. I started out as 245 lbs and now I’m down to 190 lbs. I lost 6 inches off my waist and went from a large to a medium in shirts and a 22 in pants down to a size 13! Losing weight wasn’t an option for me. Waking up everyday knowing I was overweight(still am technically) but obese was a horrible feeling. Constantly thinking about food or excited for my next meal was just sad. Life is so much more enjoyable being able to shop for what you like or stand up in a cafeteria and not be embarrassed because you look “fat” taking the last garlic bread stick. It is the most rewarding feeling when you see results and the results you see will make you sweat harder the next time your in that gym!
Eat what you want sometimes but in moderation. If you enjoy snacking eat a healthy snack like grapes or unsalted popcorn. Dieting can be fun and taste just as great!