How I Lost It: It didn’t start instantaneously, but I knew I had to do something. So I started one day going to Gold’s Gym. I would walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then run out the door as soon as I was done. It was overwhelming; I was out of breath and I didn’t want to do anything else. Within five months I had lost 68 pounds.
But I had knee pain that wouldn’t go away, and eventually I had to stop going to the gym. My doctor told me it was because of my weight. I suffered with the pain for 10 months, and gained every bit of the weight back and then some. I was devastated.
My knee pain continued to the point that it started giving out on me. My back and legs were in so much pain, too. I was on acid reflux meds and pain meds for my back and my knees. I stopped weighing myself at the doctors because it was pointless; the scale only went to 350. My doctor gave me a shot of cortisone in the knee and said if that didn’t work he would need to do surgery. I made a promise to God if I felt better I wasn’t going to do this to myself again.
Well, I felt better, but didn’t have a plan — yet I knew I was going to do something. I talked to a client of mine who also went to Gold’s Gym. She gave me a diet to try, but it was just that, a diet, and I needed something I could do for the rest of my life. I tracked my progress for a month of eating no carbs. I was fascinated by the First Lady and her fight against obesity, so I took what I learned from her and coupled it with a host of recipes that I created.
Today I eat clean. I eat six to seven small meals a day, of things like protein shakes, baked chicken breast, broccoli, tilapia, sweet potatos and more. I work out six days a week. I do daily cardio running or the Stairmaster. I focus on different body parts daily for strength, like triceps, biceps, back, legs, abs, glutes, deltoids, etc. I love to work out; it’s my life. I get asked constantly how I lost the weight and I listen to so many stories. I tell them I truly understand I use to be you. I let them know it’s not easy but that it is definitely worth it. It’s not about how fast it comes off, but about getting healthy and changing your lifestyle. Today, I’m getting my body ready for a fitness competition. Everyone seems to not remember me 200 pounds heavier, but I do. I love me today.