Less than 5 years ago I was 180 pounds, wearing pants in the double digits, and tops in extra large. Two years ago (March 2009), I weighed 150 pounds with 32% body fat and the clothes weren’t much different. Today I’m happy to say I weigh 125 pounds with 17% body fat, my pants are size 2 and 4, and my tops are mainly smalls.
I didn’t take any miracle pill or do any fad diets. At first I just changed how much I ate. I didn’t want to discourage myself and start banning certain foods I loved. It was all about Baby Steps. The weight slowly started to come off. So I started cutting down on certain “bad” foods. I didn’t say cut OUT, but cut DOWN. I began to count calories and stay within a certain range. More weight came off. I then hit that dreaded plateau at 150 pounds. It was time to throw in something new. Something I had been putting off, exercise. I had joined a gym and it was time to start using it. So that’s exactly what I did. I had no clue what to do first, so I did what I thought would be the most fun, I jumped into some group fitness classes. I had always wanted to try kickboxing and I loved biking so that’s what I did. I made up my schedule and made Mondays and Wednesdays my kickboxing (Strike) class days and Tuesday and Thursday belonged to spin class. I immediately fell in love with the classes. The instructors were and still are awesome. The classes wouldn’t be the same without them.
So I was participating in group fitness classes and starting to see a change. Weight was starting to move down again and dare I say I saw a muscle or two starting to form again. I loved what I was seeing so I started to change my way of eating. Those “bad” foods left my everyday meal plan and became a once in a while treat. A year later of working out and good food resulted in a 15 pound loss and 12.3% decrease in body fat. I was obviously losing fat, but gaining muscle. I loved it, but I wasn’t done. I wasn’t at my desired goal.
The next step was adding strength training and weights to my weekly routine. I joined in on a barbell class and learned some of the aspects of weights and what moves I needed to do. When I was no longer able to join in on the class due to time conflicts, I took that knowledge out onto the free weights floor of the gym. I made up my own routines and worked hard. While out there in the gym, I noticed the treadmills and gave those a try too. All the endurance I had gained from the spin classes allowed me to run farther and faster than I’ve ever run before.
Today, I am lower than my goal weight and pleased with where I am. I have dropped a total of 55 pounds and at least 15% body fat. I have run my own half marathon and many other races. I love the person I have become. I am stronger physically and mentally. Currently, I am continuing to work on my good clean eating while building and toning muscle. The changes I have made in my life are not something temporary, they are something for life.