Weight Loss Success Story, Justine

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Justine’s Before Picture With her Hubby

 

Yesterday I introduced my friend Charlotte to you, today I want you to meet my friend Justine. Justine and I also met during our taping of “The Doctors” TV show last November. Like Charlotte I also gave Justine a set of interview style questions to answer about her weight loss journey, below are Justine’s inspiring answers.

What was the most difficult part for you when it came to losing the weight?

The most difficult part for me was getting into a routine of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.  I never really exercised and didn’t care what I ate so it was hard for me to adjust.  I also had to find what worked for me, what I liked and what I didn’t like.  I knew if I didn’t find something I liked, I wouldn’t stick with it.

How did you overcome that?

I have an amazing support system; my husband, my family and my close group of friends that helped keep me going.  I also knew that I needed to get healthy for our son, Ryder, and our family.  My husband needed a wife that could physically and mentally take care of things on her own with the job he is in and I needed to be healthy so I could model healthy habits for our growing toddler.  It became something I HAD to do for my health and for my future, not something I wanted to do or was trying to do.  Because of that, I completely changed my lifestyle and overcame my difficulties by finding new foods I liked and exercises I liked to do or that made me feel good about myself.

What was your inspiration to lose the weight?

My inspiration to lose weight was my family and myself.  I wanted my son to grow up knowing what healthy eating habits are as well as what exercise can do for his body.  I wanted him to have a mom that could do things with him and a mom he could be proud of.  I also wanted my husband to have a wife he could show off (even though he already loved me for who I was) and I wanted to be able to take part in family activities.  I could not believe I let myself get that out of control and, at times, didn’t even see myself in the mirror anymore.  I wanted to find out who I was, prove that I could do it and get healthy for myself.

How did you lose the weight?

Losing weight was a long, hard process; the most difficult thing I have ever done.  It took dedication and a lot of accountability.  In February of 2012, I started walking 6 miles a day every day with our son, Ryder, in his stroller.  I also cut out fast food, junk food, soda, and many other unhealthy choices in food.  I replaced them with lean protein, dairy, a lot of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  After about six months, I added running to my walk and could eventually run a mile without stopping!  I couldn’t even do that in high school!  We ran a 5K, my first, as a family in April of 2013 and finished in 32 minutes.  I was so proud of myself because I would never have thought to do this beforehand!  After that, I ran a lot and added a mommy and me stroller fitness class in May 2013.  It was perfect because I could take Ryder with me and he could play with the other kids while the moms worked out in the same area.  At that point, I had lost 75 lbs but still hadn’t hit my final goal weight.  From May 2013 to October 2013 I worked my butt off and by October 2013, I ran the Breast Cancer 5k in 25:52 and hit my goal weight!  I had lost a total of 115 lbs by exercising and completely changing my diet!

 

Who were your biggest supporters/who do you want to acknowledge or thank?

My biggest supporters were and still are my husband, my family and the moms in my stroller class as well as a tight-knit group of ladies struggling through the same thing.  My husband pushed me to keep going and has been proud of me for setting out to make this lifestyle change.  He suffered through a diet change with me (and by suffered I mean it was more suffering to him haha) and exercised right along with me.  My family supported me from far away by encouraging me when they could and trying new recipes with us.  They also let me talk about all the things I was learning and doing without getting annoyed or tuning me out like some people did.  The moms in my stroller class and the group of ladies that I am close with are an amazing support group because we are all struggling for the same goal; to become healthy, lose weight and love ourselves.  We pushed each other and helped each other with tips and recipes.  Unless you’ve been there, you don’t know what it’s like and these ladies all know.  I can’t thank all of these people enough and I will never stop thanking them for what they have done and continue to do for me!

I can’t forget to also thank my instructor, Jasmine.  She got me started in the stroller fitness class and has pushed me through sore muscles and an aching body.  She introduced me to cycling class as well as Kickboxing and even gave me a few personal training sessions when I wanted a little extra push!  She is a great motivator, a great friend, and an even better instructor!

What are your plans, goals, dreams etc for the future?

I have hit my final goal, a weight loss of 115 lbs but my plans for the future are to maintain my weight loss and continue my healthy lifestyle.  We will hopefully have another child in the future and I will have to adapt to what pregnancy brings, but I am looking forward to starting healthy and staying healthy.  I would love to write a book, a blog or go on other television shows to talk to people about weight loss and healthy living.  I would also like to start a mommy and me fitness class or other fitness class, but we will see what the future brings!  Right now, it’s all about me and my family.

 

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Justine’s after picture with her hubby

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Justine and her beautiful family

 

Thank you Justine for sharing more of your awesome story with us! I hope everyone is encouraged to know that with the right mind set, nutritious foods and support any weight loss goal is possible! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my personal weight loss story and follow this blog for continued recipes, encouragement and healthy living how to!

 

 

 

Weight Loss Success Story, Charlotte

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Charlotte’s Before Picture

Meet my friend Charlotte, Charlotte and I had the pleasure of meeting each other through a very special occasion, she and I were both featured on the popular television show “The Doctors” Last November. The show was about “Breaking points” and Charlotte and I (along with another beautiful gal, Justine) were asked to go on national television and share about our weight loss success’ with a focus on what led us to our breaking points , or points of true change. We were happy to share our stories, but were given only a very short amount of time to share, when we walked off the stage we all felt like there was so much more we wanted to say. I asked both Charlotte and Justine to share a little bit more of their stories with me and with their permission I would create a blog post giving a voice to those stories. I gave Charlotte a list of interview style questions and here are her responses.

  What was the most difficult part for you when it came to losing the weight?

o   To be honest, I’m not sure if I can narrow it down to one difficult aspect when it comes to losing weight. When I look back, I had good days and I had bad days just like anyone else. But if I had to choose one thing, I would say that the most difficult part was feeling deprived around my friends and feeling like I couldn’t go out and enjoy myself at restaurants and bars (which of course wasn’t true). I also used to eat a lot during the middle of the night without any recollection of it in the morning, which was really discouraging and frustrating.

·         How did you overcome that?

o   I became more comfortable with indulging occasionally once I started to see my body change. I think it’s easy to get it stuck in our heads that we can’t have treats when we’re trying to lose weight, but it’s moderation that really is the key.  I overcame eating during the middle of the night by starting a work-out routine, and not buying groceries that I could easily access and binge on. Once I started working out, I could sleep through the night without waking up for food. And as my Weight Watchers leader Adrienne says, “You can’t eat it if you don’t have it!”

·         What was your inspiration to lose the weight?

o   My inspiration to lose the weight was the quality of my future. I got to a point where I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror and I had lost total control of my life. I was very unhappy with the way I looked, but more importantly the way I felt. I have always loved a good challenge, and losing weight was the first issue I thought I should tackle.

·         How did you lose the weight?

o   I lost 50 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program, and 20 additional pounds through a combination of working out and following Weight Watchers.  I started my weight loss journey in October of 2011, and reached my goal weight in May of 2013. I started working out in February of this year, with boot camp classes and personal training. I also started to run, and completed my first 10k race in September, finishing in 3rd place for my age category.  I added fruits and vegetables into my diet, which was unheard of when I was overweight. I started drinking water, and learning to manage my portions. The support that Weight Watchers provided for me was a huge factor in my weight loss as well. Just knowing there are people out there on the same journey that you are is so comforting and motivating, you’re guaranteed to succeed.

·         Who were your biggest supporters/who do you want to acknowledge or thank?

o   My biggest supporter was my Weight Watchers leader, Adrienne. Adrienne has been my biggest fan since the second I stepped through Weight Watcher’s door. She showed me unconditional love, support, encouragement, motivation, and strength; all of which helped shape me into the woman I am today. I am so proud to call her my leader, my friend, and my second mom. I want to thank her for everything that she does for our entire Weight Watchers group in Simi Valley and for always sticking by my side no matter what.

o   I also want to thank my personal trainer, Murphy. Murphy is one of those rare people with an infectious passion for life and I am lucky enough to call him my trainer and friend. The first few months of personal training and working out were rough, but Murphy stood by my side through every tear, every complaint, and every sore muscle. He has always believed in me, even when I haven’t believed in myself. I have been training with him for almost a year now, and the lessons I have learned (both mentally and physically) have changed my life in such a positive way that I truly cannot thank him enough.

·         What are your plans, goals, dreams etc for the future?

o   My goal is to maintain my weight loss, which was a total of 70 pounds. I am going to continue going to my Weight Watchers meetings, and continue to exercise. I may eventually want to get my personal training certifications, or even become a Weight Watchers leader. I know that I can achieve anything I set my mind to now that I’ve reached my goal of losing weight, and I’m excited to see what the future holds!

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Here is Charlotte’s Inspiring After Picture

 Thank you Charlotte for sharing more of your story and for being an inspiration to others! It can be done everyone!

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Justine, Me and Charlotte back stage at “The Doctors”

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