June 9, 2014 Leave a comment
Unlike many, my weight loss journey has been a somewhat solo exposition. Of course I’ve gained knowledge, and insight from my mentors, online journals and of course Dr.Oz, but for the most part it’s been me, myself and I, as my trainer, my nutritionist and my biggest fan!
Obtaining a trainer isn’t cheap, and A guy I dated for a few months hired a trainer for me for two sessions. Two days is not enough time to lose any significant amount of weight, however, I did learn valuable tips on my diet, and it was then I began to appreciate the almond, cashew, and a yummy dried berry trail mix!
That was back in 2010, I had only lost 15-20 pounds, and it (my weight loss) was all based on “back to the basics” my simple nutrition and fitness plan that didn’t require a coach, a contract or a meal replacement.
Going “back to the basics” wasn’t easy, and because of habit, it made it seem near impossible at times! I was working at Staples Center, enrolled full time in school, and let me just say, free food, amazing guest and late nights is no place to be when your committing to nutrition and weight loss!
By packing salads, keeping trail mix in ziplock bags in my uniform pockets, and just saying no to temptation I was able to drop about 20 pounds in my first 6 months (bf the trainers 2 sessions)! Still at this point, I had no gym, no trainer and no one to talk to when I had munchies or self doubt! I truly called on myself, Christ and my future FitSelf to keep me committed and focused on the prize.
Let’s get “back 2 the basics” fitness! For me, running comes natural! I ran track through jr.high and high school, so running just made sense! Of course at 165, there was no way I’d start out the blocks running a mile! So I started with Kim Kardashians, Fit into Your Jeans by Friday DVD w trainer Jennifer Galardi.
Oh boy! When I say I was outta shape, I am not lying! I couldn’t even complete the 10 min warm up! It would take me 30 minutes with all my breaks! I was feeling defeated, I didn’t know how’d I ever lose weight, in fact who was I kidding I WOULD BE FAT FOREVER!
I spent most of 2010 and 2011 perfecting and mastering the fit into your jeans series! By 2012 I was training for my first 5k in Colorado at Nacac where’d id represent my company at the end of the conference race! If I remember correctly I placed 19/20 out of 43/45 women, I felt like a champ!
I’m a girl on a budget and really thought long and hard about a gym membership. The mainstream gyms were overpriced and their hours of operations were just laughable! When my girlfriend mentioned planet fitness I didn’t have an opinion, but a quick online search lead me to a World Wide Web full of opinions on the new gym franchise.
Known for their purple and yellow decor, no judgement zone atmosphere, and 2 basic packages that give you access 24 hours a day, I felt it was a pretty good start for me! Of course it’s no golds, there’s no classes, no pool or smoothie bar, but
I’ve spent the last year at planet fitness and it’s helped me push myself to the next level. My body has transformed since incorporating weight training, and of course my new interest in bikini competition and personal training have evolved since joining the gym.
Although my level of fitness has evolved I’m still committed to “back to the basics” for significant weight loss and maintenance!