HOW I BEGAN MY 200 lbs of FIGHT
originally published Jan 2015
I wasn’t overweight growing up but I certainly did not eat very well and was definitely not in good shape. I am quite sure my story is like many other women who have given birth and struggled with the weight that comes with having babies. Before even realizing it, I had reached 200 lbs.
One day while in my kitchen, I saw an infomercial for a kickboxing DVD called Turbo Jam.
I thought, “I can do that, that looks so fun” and that is what started my desire to get out of the kitchen and start moving more. I soon began walking with weights, which eventually turned into running outside every other morning, alternating with my Turbo workouts.
In October of 2009, as the weather started getting colder and the layers upon layers had to be put on to keep my newfound love of running consistent, a gym opened its doors only a block away from me. I was not looking forward to going outside in the cold dark mornings and took this as a sign to become a gym member.
Since that day I have become Turbo Certified, had my fifteen minutes of fame (or a couple seconds anyway) on a Turbo Fire infomercial, and lost over 75lbs lifting and cardio-ing, and my husband and I are now training for our 5th Bodybuilding Competition.
I couldn’t believe the gym had the Turbo workouts and many other workouts available to me through a system called Fitness on Video.
I am continuously inspired and motivated by others who take advantage of the privilege of having a body that is able to move and run and jump. Watching others has gotten me excited to push my body to see just what it is capable of.
Quote for Inspiration & Motivation
“Every victory, no matter how small in fitness, should be celebrated. This shit is hard”
“Don’t give up on something you cannot go a day without thinking about.”
“As long as I can, I will.”
Advice for Women Beginners
You may not see a difference where you want at first, on the scale or the mirror. There are a lot of things going on under that skin of yours that you do not see. Give it time. You will see differences if you have patience. All the cliches you have ever heard are true.
It didn’t take a day put the weight on, it will not take a day to take off.
Something is better than nothing. If you have 10 minutes or 50…get something in. You will feel better all day.
Don’t be afraid to try supplements. They can be intimidating and the choices can be very overwhelming. Find someone that you admire and someone you trust and ask them what they would suggest. (updated August 2017)
I have started using fat burners as a pre workout instead the powders you mix with water. I am loving VPX MELTDOWN MD PRINCESS Fat Incinerator. No ‘princess’ here. This stuff gets me pumped for both cardio and lifting. (updated August 2017)
I have also used Metabolic Nutrition Synedrex, Phenolox and iForce Nutrition Dexaprine. These also work very well. Next on my list to try is Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals Synedrene which has replaced Metabolic Nutrition Synedrex. (updated August 2017)
I still like Inspired Nutraceuticals DVST8 both the White Cut and the Crimson for a pre workout drink. Some of the flavors of pre workouts. I never used too, but for some reason I have a hard time choking them down. I can still tolerate DVST8 because I know I am guaranteed a killer workout. So it is worth it. (updated August 2017)
Vanilla flavored, Ice Cream flavored and/or Cinnamon Bun flavored protein powders. I absolutely can not run out of these because I use them always for baking my sweet treats! (updated August 2017)
Describe A Normal Day
I am up at 4am and I try to get to the gym by 5am. I have to have tunnel vision walking through my home…don’t look at the island full of papers…don’t check my email…don’t throw the laundry in the wash machine/dryer/basket …don’t empty the dishwasher…just grab my keys, my pre-workout and get my butt out of the house.
My meals are already prepared if I have to work that day. Otherwise, I will make an extra meal to pack and have ready on the days I do have to work or have something planned that I won’t be home to eat. I eat every 2 hours and try to drink one and a half gallons of water a day.
My Kids Also ‘Compete’ As Dad & I Compete
My kids do a wonderful job of getting themselves ready for school while I am at the gym. I am blessed by this, I know. I take them to school and look forward to being able to do that for them. If I work that day I have all my meals with me, even my water…just in case. I hate being thirsty and the more I drink the more I get thirsty.
When I get home we eat dinner. My second oldest loves to cook for his brothers and sisters so he usually makes dinner for them. After we relax as a family doing family things…watch tv…homework…etc I go to bed around 8 or 9. Early yes, but I am used to it.
I am not sure what my future Bodybuilding career will bring, but I plan and prepare my meals even if I am not in competition prep. I have actually lost friends because I do not go out to the bar or out to eat, and I have also gained many friends because of this sport. My marriage has also gained strength along with my body. My husband decided that the best way to support me was to do it with me.
A lot as actually changed since then…
Nowadays, I don’t stress so much about going to the gym. Currently I go an average of about 3 to 5 times a week. I make it worth my time there and am so sore the days I have off I really need the time for my worked muscle to heal.
I stay up a little later and enjoy my quiet time at night. My husband still goes to bed pretty early and still gets up pretty early but I am fortunate to be able to work from home now and it is much less stressful.
My competing career is a thing of the past. I worked really hard to get my pro card, but came to realize I didn’t need five people sitting at a table judging me half naked on a stage. I do enough judging on my own of my own self. Now enjoy birthday cakes, desserts and Vegas buffets.
I still have incredible respect for those people who compete and win when they deserve to win. Those that put in the time and incredible effort it takes to consistently do what they need too. I struggle with some of the aspects of the competing lifestyle in regards to the ‘politics’ of it.
“Go To” Exercise
The elliptical can really get my heart rate up and get my little happy endorphins going!
Favorite ‘Thing’ in the Gym
The WAR workout at my gym they have in a room all by itself. It is on a system called Fitness On Video and it has every type of workout you can think of! It is like your own personal class.
Favorite Fitness Accessory
My new wireless headphones, I can do nothing without my tunes in the gym.
My 3lb hand weights. I have to add these when I do my WAR workouts to really get a good shoulder/arm workout at the same time I get a killer cardio workout. (updated August 2017)
Favorite Song in Your Music List
“Baby Don’t Lie” by Gwen Stefani and “Geronimo” by Sheppard. But give me a lil Pitbull and I can fly.
Oh wow…Good by Better Than Ezra, Strip That Down by Liam Payne, Cherup Bock by The Smashing Pumpkins, Humble by Kendrick Lamar, Heavy by Linkin Park… (updated August 2017)
Lowest/Highest Point in Your Journey
Lowest…winning second place in my first Bodybuilding Competition.
Highest…winning second place in my first Bodybuilding Competition.
My husband and I have competed in several competitions from 2012 from 2015. Every competition brought more information on how to be better and stronger both mentally and physically.
I reached 200 pounds after having my children and several things have led me down my path of wanting to be healthier and better for myself and for my family; countless fitness dvds, a gym membership, leading a weight management class at my church and a personal trainer telling me I had good symmetry.
I have learned many things on my fitness journey, but the one thing that I hear over and over no matter what size they are, is the self-talk that many women tell themselves regarding the way they see themselves. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have the tools and wisdom of the people around me to help women of all shapes and dynamics to help them on their journey.
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