To understand my 90-Day transformation, you first have to know where I was just one year ago. I was 283 pounds with a body fat of nearly 50%, and I finally had my breaking point moment when the seat belt on the plane almost wouldn’t fasten. I didn’t know exactly what to do, but I knew change starts one foot at a time, literally. I set small goals for myself of getting to Life Time a few days a week to walk on the treadmill or use the ellipticals. I logged my food and watched my calories but not necessarily the kind of calories I was eating.
I was seeing great results but by the beginning of this year, I hit the dreaded plateau. I reached out to the trainers at Life Time, who recommended the cardio and calorie point test. They also talked to me about the kinds of food I was eating and helped me to adjust my diet to better balance carbs, protein and fat, as well as enhance my performance with vitamins and supplements. With those changes and by following the cardio point workout, the pounds and inches started melting away. By May, just 9 months from when I started, I had dropped 100 pounds and 5 clothing sizes.
The cardio point workouts also helped me build endurance to where I could eventually run longer and faster. The staff at Life Time encouraged me to join the Run Club. The confidence the Run Club gave me helped me to become stronger and faster with each run.
When the 90-Day transformation opportunity started, I was at the one year mark from when I started my journey. I was down 123 pounds and 7 clothing sizes. I had hit all of my weight loss goals, but I knew from past mistakes, maintenance is just as important as the actual weight loss. This was the perfect opportunity to discover how I could challenge myself in new ways and focus on getting lean. I set up my own personal challenge to enter four races in 60 days, even though I had never run any race before in my life. I ran a 5k, 10k, ½ marathon and a sprint triathlon, of which I medaled in three of the four. With this new confidence, I plan to enter my first full marathon in 2014.
I also did the D.TOX program. This opened my eyes to the amount of processed food in my diet. I learned how easy it was to create more foods from scratch, eliminating not only toxins but unnecessary calories and sugars. I greatly increased the amount of vegetables and fruits I (and my family) eat and feel fuller with the same amount of calories. What was amazing was I had some of my best runs during this detox without traditional carbohydrates or performance enhancers. I saw how well my body can perform when fueled properly.
The biggest part of my transformation came in a completely unexpected way. Over the last few months, complete strangers have come up to me at Life Time to compliment me on my weight loss and tell me what an inspiration I am to them. After one Try-It Tuesday when I got to speak, I was incredibly touched by the many members who shared their struggles and accomplishments with me. I now make sure to pay it forward and take the time to encourage others to achieve their goals. The most rewarding moment, however, was after my first race when my son asked me if I would teach him to run so “he could win a medal too.” I am humbled by the influence my journey has had to show others what can be accomplished with a healthy lifestyle.
I have now lost nearly 140 pounds (half my size!) and have reduced my body fat to 15-16%. I have gone from a size 24 to a 4. But those numbers aren’t what represent my 90-Day transformation. I transformed into an athlete, a bit of a health chef and a motivator. It is that transformation which helps me to know I have the tools to keep this lifestyle change going, and I am excited for the path still ahead.