“There is no secret, the basics to weight loss and being healthy are the same; input=output. If you commit, eat right, exercise you will see results. Funny thing is, it’s never that easy. We get inside our own head, create barriers, create excuses, and life moves on.
In 2014 I decided to compete in a bikini competition as the “next step” in my fitness journey. By NO means did I ever want to do it competitively, it’s not my lifestyle – but I sure do have respect for the women/men who are mentally strong enough to consistently make it to stage. I also knew that my body wasn’t “designed” for these competitions; I have an athletic frame, I had a child at a young age (gained too much weight!), and didn’t have to mental capacity to give 110% everyday. To make a long story short, I completed the program, I walked across stage, I got the spray tan, and flexed my bum in front of a panel of 8 judges. I was so proud of myself for this accomplishment. I didn’t come close to placing or even top 10 – but heck, I did it, and I felt good.
Fast forward two years, and since competing I had lost all drive. As I’m not a regular competitor, it was similar to Christmas for me. There was so much build up to the competition, all for one day of glamour and abs. I feel like I’ve been stuck in Boxing Day mode for two years, sad and hung over from too many Christmas bon bons. I tried all sorts of short cuts to keep the weight I’d lost from competing off; running a ridiculous amount of cardio (while still consuming 4000 calories a day, go figure?), hilarious diets, ex-lax tea’s, “secret” pills, you name it. Defeated and 30 pounds heavier.
I’ve always admired Lisa, as a friend and as a trainer; no one has ever stuck with me through all my dramatics like she has. I took a giant leap of faith a couple of months ago, and committed some of my weekly fitness routine to Body Zone. I actually look forward to every training session with Lisa, it pushes me to stay accountable to my actions and be honest with myself through this journey. I haven’t done anything drastic, (honestly) but the work I’ve put in, are showing the results I want. Two months into training and down 9lbs and 8.5 inches, all because I’m making slight modifications every day. I have someone I check in with on a weekly basis, I’ve cut down my treats, I’ve made an exercise program that fits my schedule, applying some portion control, and are making it a weekly priority to prep my meals. The little successes are the ones to celebrate and balance is a beautiful thing.”