Before losing the weight, I was pretty self conscious – uncomfortable in many chairs, in pain on airplane rides, and tired easily. When you’re overweight, things like shopping or even enjoying yourself at a theme park seem to make you feel like others are judging you. I always wanted to live healthy, and fought very hard to get here.
I tried many weight loss plans before finding out that my body responds best to a high protein diet. I’ve never stopped the fight, including participating in sprint triathlons weighing well north of 300 pounds. Finding what works for my particular body was a huge relief, and helped me reach the goal of losing half of my body weight by May 2020. All bodies are unique, and respond to foods and activity differently. But, I kept digging until I found what worked best for me.
I believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it. My personal motto is “She believed she could, so she did.” Believing you CAN is 3/4 of the battle.
I personally have a protein and calorie goal that I aim for, and I also like to mix things up, and some days I may go higher, and some days lower, so my body doesn’t get to used to things. I also eat every 3 hours to keep my metabolism going strong. I strength train 4 days a week, and do some form of cardio at least 6 days a week.
Having mini goals helps keep me motivated, and keep things interesting. In February 2020, I ran the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon, and smiled every single mile of the 13.1 miles. The year previous, I had attempted the race, but was still in the high 300’s and was swept at mile 8. My husband ran the race that year, and finished it as his first ever half marathon. When I finished in February, I was thousands of people ahead of my husband – what an amazing feeling! I’ve since completed the Disney World Marathon, become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and been featured in the Hungry Girl Fall 2021 magazine.
My goal is to ultimately complete an Ironman distance triathlon, and do everything that I can help others reach their goals.