By: Becky Fulton
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just got the notice that my divorce was final and I knew I was ready for change. I don’t remember if I saw a picture of myself, heard a comment from someone, or what exactly “clicked,” but Gary (my new personal trainer) must have noticed something.
The Starting Line
After my ex-husband got out of the military, I stopped working out. I would work all day and come home, sit on the couch, and watch 3-4 hours of TV each night. I would occasionally workout but ate large portions and wasn’t getting enough vegetables or protein. I was eating what he was eating and my metabolism couldn’t keep up.
That’s when Gary offered me the chance of a lifetime. He said he would give me 6 months of free training to help me drop 50+ pounds, if I would take pictures, tell my story, and pass along his name. It took us about 4-5 months for us to learn what worked best with my body and to see the results I wanted. We did Crossfit, TRX, cardio drills, and a lot of running. I lifted heavy, I lifted light. You name it, I tried it.
He had patience and refused to give up on me. I ate my favorite foods in moderation and continued to lose weight. I started my journey on October 1st, 2011 at 252 pounds. By April 17th, I was 220. My 6 months was up and I had to start paying him. And I did.
The Process Continued
I saw him 5 days a week. We lifted for 45-60 minutes and did an hour of cardio 5 days every week. I gave up alcohol, I slept 8-9 hours a night, I gave up fast food, I cut out junk, sugars, and processed foods. I let myself cheat once a week. I usually had a Dr. Pepper or candy bar.
Of course, there were temptations. Change is not easy. This was not a diet. I knew there was no quick fix. It takes time. And if done right, you will be successful and keep it off.
I still continue to work out 4-6 days a week depending on my school and work schedule and I do it because I love it. It takes 21 days to make a habit and it is entirely true. If you want something bad enough you can achieve it. I gave myself a year to get to where I wanted to be and I accomplished it.
This success didn’t come without trial and error and I would love for someone to learn from my mistakes.
1. Find a fitness routine YOU like. Running, group fitness classes, TRX, zumba, spin, turbo, bootcamps, soccer, swimming, etc. There are so many options and unless you try something you never know if you will like it.
2. Don’t dread going to the gym and embrace the change. Look at it as a positive change versus a negative one. You are worth the effort!
3. Start your journey by weighing and measuring yourself. In the first few weeks and months, those measurements are going to be what keeps you going. I can promise you! Note: Make sure to add those numbers to your Anytime Health profile so you can track your progress.
4. Find someone who can be your accountability partner. I had an amazing supportive family, friends, and trainer who kept me going. They hit the gym with me, prepared meals with me, and encouraged me from all over the country. And don’t think it has to be a face-to-face relationship. You can get great accountability online, too!
5. Enjoy moderation. 80% of the time I eat lean meat, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 20% of the time I allow myself to enjoy cake, chocolate, and fast food. You have to change your eating habits, too!
There is no magic pill. No cream that will fix your problem. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. By the time one year came about I was 173 lbs. I started to see definition in my body. I went from a size 20 to a 8! And I know one thing…
If I can do it. You can do it!
Let’s chat: What is going to be your reason to make the change? What steps will you take to stay on track?
Becky is a 26-year old who decided one day to change and lost over 80 pounds in 19 months by eating clean, training hard, and having a positive outlook. She blogs at My Journey Towards Happiness. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.