I like to show a lot of big transformations to help get you excited and motivated to make change.
I know that for every 1 quick transformation, there are another 5-10 that are much slower. Maybe it is because a person is struggling to follow the plan, or that their body is out of whack hormonally and is being stubborn by holding onto the body fat. Whatever the case may be, it can be very discouraging for people who lose slowly to see that others have lost 15-20 lbs. in 1-2 months. I totally understand this, and I believe Melissa’s story will encourage those of you who do feel this way.
Melissa is an amazing mom who, even though she still feels like she struggles quite a bit, has made massive changes in her life and health. Despite the struggles, she is well on her way to achieving optimal health, and I am 100% convinced she will get there even if it does take her a little while longer.
I didn’t get this blog post up for a few months, so you can see that the dates are a little outdated and I hope Melissa can fill us in on how she is currently doing.
I want to thank Melissa for sharing her story and supporting so many women. When I first met her, I didn’t see a spark in her; she seemed very tired and worn out all the time. It is unbelievable how different she is now! She is a totally different person to be around, she has more energy and her spark is very strong. Ultimately, I think this is far more important than weight loss or body changes.
So check out Melissa’s Story!
Before (Jan 2009) Now (April 2010)
Bust 38 35.5
Waist 32.5 30.5
Abs 37.5 35.5
Hips 43.5 41.5
Thigh 23 21.5
Arm 12.25 11.5
Here’s my story:
Before I had kids I was very active and ate pretty well.
When my first son was born he had colic and didn’t sleep very much. I developed postpartum depression and completely stopped taking care of myself. What little energy I did have was devoted to taking care of him.
A couple years after my Husband had me seek help, I felt much better. I still hadn’t lost all the weight from my first child but decided I was ready for our second. Thankfully, my second son was a much easier baby. I still felt that most of my time should be spent on my children and that it was selfish to take time for myself before everyone else was taken care of. The problem was there was never any time left to take for myself.
I didn’t even recognize the person I saw in the mirror any more. I started to resent my kids for making me give up everything I was. It took me a little time to realize that it was MY fault I didn’t know who I was anymore, and to be a good mom I needed to take time for myself. I needed to make sure I was happy and taken care of just as much as the rest of the family. I needed to make a change now.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep myself motivated working out alone and gym classes were OK but I wanted more. Then I stumbled on Dustin’s classes and decided to try the Mama Tone class. I loved it! I started going to Mama Tone about once a week (when the kids weren’t sick). I really struggled with feeling guilty about taking time for myself. I started feeling much better and had more energy.
After I went back to work I joined bootcamp and have been going 3 or 4 days per week ever since. That was about 9 months ago. So far I’ve lost 14 pounds and 3 sizes. I still have about 20 more pounds to go, but for me it’s more about making a lifestyle change that I can sustain than about rapid weight loss.
I’ve started focusing more on my eating and getting my giant sweet tooth under control. When I get sweet cravings I have a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar. I’ve been incorporating more fat in my diet to try to avoid the blood sugar crashes from too many sweets and carbs. I have learned how to balance the ratio of carbs, protein, and fat in my meals. The only fats I use are coconut oil, butter and a little olive oil on my salads. I’ve also noticed I’m less prone to cravings throughout the day if I have a really big breakfast in the morning. I still really love chocolate, so I stick with at least 70% cocoa because I don’t eat nearly as much of the dark chocolate.
I’m still not consistent with keeping a food journal but I plan out the entire weeks meals before I go grocery shopping. When I know I have something healthy and filling planed out, I’m much less likely to eat junk food. On the weeks I don’t plan, I feel hungry, tired and crummy all week. We also get most of our fruit, veggies, eggs and meat from CSA shares. It makes it a lot easier to eat organic and in-season healthy foods. I once again love to cook and now that my kids are a little older they can help out. I’ve built up my collection of quick healthy meals and stopped relying on processed foods. On Sundays I make a meal that’s more involved and double or triple it so that I have backup dinners in the freezer for times when what I had planned just won’t work.
I never though I’d be able to sustain getting up at 5:00am every morning to go workout. But bootcamp has become the best part of my day! I’ve been having a lot of back trouble lately and have been stuck on a plateau for a couple months now but I’m just going to keep
doing the best I can and I’m sure I’ll drop the remaining 20 pounds. So stay tuned!
Dustin here again: I totally understand frustration and feeling like there is little progress happening. Here are a couple things I would like you to remember.
1. Enjoy the journey. I am a total type A person, so when I reach a goal I set a new one bigger and better. I find myself beginning to just live my life goal to goal never being satisfied or enjoying how I am changing as a person and the results I have already achieved. So what I would encourage you to do is write down everything you have achieved relating to your health. It doesn’t have to be big.
2. Realize numbers aren’t everything. Yes I tell you to weigh yourself, measure yourself, and get your body fat taken, but although these are measures of progress, there are so many other measures that can’t be defind by numbers. Make a list of all the bad habits you have broken. All the new healthy habits you have formed, and the people you have influenced.
3. Be thankful for a body that can take you from place to place and do what you tell it to. We never know when that could get taken away from us. If you remember back, I shared with you a powerful story of a teenage girl named Megan who instantly became paralyzed. In this interview I get the closest ever to crying when interviewing someone. Her attitude and presence was powerful. I am getting goosebumps right now typing this. So please check out her video and story.
Question to answer on this blog: We have all experienced times when we don’t think we are getting the results we deserve. Instead of dwelling on that, what changes HAVE YOU MADE? I look forward to seeing your responses.