Transformation Tuesday | Getting Fit, Getting Confident

Transformation Tuesday | Getting Fit, Getting Confident



I had always been overweight. I was over 200lbs by the time I started high school and I’m sad to say that, that was probably the “healthiest” I was my entire adult life, until now. After I stopped playing sports in high school, and got a car my weight began to spiral even more out of control.  A lot of people, friends and family included, didn’t know how I had gotten so big to begin with. When I was with them they would see me eat, but not enough that I should weigh 400lbs.

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I was a secret binge eater. I would buy groceries for a week and come home and cook a week’s worth of groceries in 1 day. I would eat a meal while my next meal was cooking and continue that until everything I bought for the whole week was gone and I was in so much pain I could do nothing but lay down with an ice pack on my stomach. I was out of control and had gotten to a size where I could no longer fit into the largest clothes at plus size store.

I stopped wearing regular jeans and pants when I got to a size 28 and couldn’t fit into them anymore and I was wearing a size 4X top.  I knew that I was overweight but I didn’t realize I had let myself get to the point where I was morbidly obese. I bought a scale that went up to 400lbs and for the first couple months I couldn’t even get a reading. Eventually after a little bit of time my first official starting weight on my new scale was 396lbs.

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I started small. I didn’t eat healthier, but I started eating smaller portions. I would go grocery shopping daily and only buy what I needed for each day. I also started walking to and from work, and doing low impact exercises like water aerobics. After I lost a bit of weight I added in extra things like zumba classes, doing the stairs in my city. I stuck purely with cardio exercises, but I was not fast and needed to rely on my strength instead of speed to do cardio that still got my heart rate up and burned calories.

Before I knew it I had lost 100lbs in about a year. Then I hit a plateau and felt myself slipping back into old habits. I decided I needed to get more serious about my weight loss. I cleaned up my eating, discovered Quest Bars and became obsessed with them and changed my workout regime significantly, focusing more on weights and strength training and less on cardio.

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The best decision I made came when I decided to switch gyms. I started going 6 days a week before and after work. I immediately fell in love with this gym and the spin, trx and bootcamp classes provided. I found them so helpful that I hired the instructor, Mike Dellavalle, from the classes to be my personal trainer and help me push past my plateau. In the time I trained with him my body fat % went from 56% to 34.6% in about 6 months. Mike was, and still is a constant source of support and motivation to keep going. Since taking his classes and training with him twice a week I have lost an additional 115lbs for a total of 215lbs. In the last 2 years with the help and support of my family, close friends, my gym, and especially my trainer I have gone from a size 4x top to a medium and larger than a size 28 pant to a size 10.

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I have a confidence now that I never had before. I will be participating in my first half marathon this summer in Buffalo NY, something I never would have ever considered in the past. I have a long way to go still but with the encouragement and support I have received from everyone who has been a part of this journey, and the strength and confidence I have built for myself I have no doubt that I will reach all of the goals I set for myself.

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