2014 Fall Weight Loss Challenge Winner
25.14% of body weight
*Results not typical
As I sit here thinking about my journey these past 90 days, all I can do is smile to myself, knowing the challenge of writing my story is going to be just that: a CHALLENGE! When I was a child, a teen and in my twenties, I was fit and athletic. I enjoyed being actively involved in sports.
At the age of thirty-seven, a mother of eight (six in the last seven years) and a husband that works seven days a week and crazy hours; the result is that I had to become ‘Supermom’. As a loving mother and wife, I put my family’s needs first, not realizing I wasn’t taking care of myself. Meals for me we’re on the go. I ate snacks with regularity and slept when I could, never really getting adequate rest. My self-esteem plummeted and my stress levels soared from unexpected life events. In May of 2014, my weight topped out at 273 pounds. My doctor expressed his deep concern for my well being. I was overwhelmed by what I saw on the scale and realized I needed to do something about it. At the end of July, I met with a trainer, who weighed me in at 259.3 pounds with my body fat over 50%. I was disgusted with myself; but at the same time it motivated me to do something about it.
I sat down with my family to share my goal and ask for their support. From day one, I cut sugar, dairy, “bad” carbs, and processed foods from my diet. I replaced them with veggies, protein, and healthy fats. I drank gallons of water and started taking Lifetime Fitness AM/PM Vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium and Fish oil. In addition, I added Espresso-flavored Dynamic Greens and protein powder.
The first couple of weeks were grueling! I began my exercise regimen, walking on the treadmill at 3.3 MPH and an incline of 3.0% for 45 minutes, sweating up a storm. Later that day, I returned to the gym and repeated the workout. Every week I increased my speed, incline and duration and went to the club twice a day.
By the end of week four, I had lost 23.5 pounds. I had more energy, I was stronger and I could climb the stairs without pain. I was able to manage my busy life with all that it entails having eight children.
Week five posed another dilemma. Getting my work outs done became more of a challenge because my older children had gone back to school and were not available to help with the younger ones. The infant care at Lifetime changed its hours from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm giving me no choice but to come between 9:30 and 12:00.
To ensure that I got a minimum of one workout daily, I had to feed and dress six little kids, get two kids to the bus and race off to the gym to be sure that I had care for my infant twins. I got a lot of looks when I rolled in with my ten month old twins in a double stroller, my one year old sitting on top, and my three year old holding the door open for all of us!
During week five, I added swimming laps, the elliptical and weights to my routine. I really don’t like doing weights, so I needed to reconnect with Kari Wolf, a personal trainer and join her weight-training group. Kari pushed me past what I thought I could do. The other ladies in the group were very supportive and motivating. I had metabolic assessments taken with Natalie to ensure I was training effectively in my zones.
I know the “90 Day Challenge” is just the start of my journey; I now have the confidence that I can regain my health, while taking care of my 8 children. The last 90 days have helped me understand the importance of taking time for myself, so I can be a better Mom and Wife. I am grateful to Lifetime for the “90 Day Challenge” as it reignited my competitive spirit and helped me take control of my health. I am ecstatic with my 65.20 lb weight loss so far and look forward to the day when I reach my ultimate goal.
Thanks to the Lifetime front desk, café, and childcare staff for creating a fun and inviting atmosphere. To Kari, Natalie and Rachel (my personal trainers), for their support, advice and encouragement they provided when I really needed it. And lastly, a BIG THANKS to Mom, Lesly, Jon and my two oldest children, Danielle and Malachi, for all your extra help and tremendous support during the challenge. You were critical to my success!