Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).
What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?
What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?
How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?
How did your eating habits change?
What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner?
Typically for breakfast I have turkey bacon, some form of eggs, and avocado. Lunch is usually a salad. For dinner I’ll have protein paired with vegetables. I drink 2-3 fatty teas per day, which is basically an herbal tea with a few tablespoons of coconut oil. This helps with satiety, enabling me to go from meal to meal without any snacks in between. I don’t eat many snacks, as the fat keeps me full during the day.
What is your favorite fitness activity?
My favorite fitness activity is strength training. I love how it changes my body and how strong I feel afterwards. Lifting heavy weights really makes daily tasks like carrying groceries or taking the stairs so much easier.
What do you do now to maintain your physique?
To maintain my current physique I continue to track my food and count macros using Myfitnesspal. I workout 3-4 days a week. I do the same things I did as I was losing the weight as I know that this is a lifestyle.
How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
My willpower to avoid the bad foods came with the realization that I am an abstainer. I used to think that I was a moderator, meaning I could have bad foods in moderation. I would tell myself that I was only going to have a handful of chips and then I would end up eating the entire bag by the end of the day. Once I started eating bad foods, I could not stop. When I tried the ketogenic diet, I told myself that I was not going to eat anything bad for me. I became an abstainer. I am able to avoid these bad foods because I tell myself that they are off limits and I am not tempted to taste them. I also know that I will feel sick if I eat those things so it’s really easy to avoid them. A few minutes of pleasure from eating a cupcake is not worth the sickness and upset stomach pains that will come the next day!
What advice do you have for someone looking to get started with their fitness journey but not sure where to begin?
My advice for someone getting started is to make small changes and focus on making those changes lifelong habits. Replace soda and juice with water, eat breakfast every day, eliminate fried foods and snacking between meals, and try to do some type of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?
I think the biggest misconception about this journey is focusing on working out rather than getting your nutrition right. Nutrition is 80-90% of the process, and you can’t out work a bad diet.
Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?
How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)?
You can follow me on my fitness journey here on Instagram @ i_haterunning.