Results: Lost 22.4 pounds.*
Goal: Manage Weight
In 2002, when I was 42, my friends were all complaining about gaining weight and how it was almost impossible to lose it after the age of 40. So I joined the Body-for-LIFE Challenge, and I lost 17 pounds and 15 inches, and I was a “Top 2000” finisher. I don’t like to be told something can’t be done. Now that I am 54, I keep hearing even more of the same about “life after 50” and the inevitable weight gain, so I thought I would prove them wrong again.
After I completed the 2002 Body-for-LIFE Challenge, I continued with good eating habits, my morning EAS protein shakes and working out regularly, and I kept the weight off for the next seven years. During that time, I was wearing mainly size 4s and 6s.
Then, in 2009 when I was going through some major personal and financial struggles, I started to get “sloppy” both with my eating habits and my workout habits. I didn’t start eating more because I was depressed or stressed out. I just started going to drive-thrus for sandwiches at fast food restaurants because I could eat them on the road instead of eating salads or anything that required slowing down to eat. I also was working so hard to dig out of my situation that I didn’t take time to go to the gym or work out on my own. Being “sloppy” with my eating and workout habits led me to gain about 20 pounds over a six-year period. Reluctantly, I started buying size-8 pants. Then, when I needed to buy even larger pants, I bought just a couple of size-10 pants, since I thought I was going to get back into my size 8s soon. Then, when I needed more pants, and I could not find any 10s that fit, that was enough!
My social life became another factor. I am single, and I had been so self-absorbed with digging out financially and resolving some personal issues, that I really had not thought much about dating. I was too worn out and brain dead to deal with men. I figured out later that another huge part of that equation was that I didn’t feel good about myself physically. I know that all the books say you need to accept yourself and others should accept you exactly as you are, but as I looked at the “back rolls” of fat I had NEVER had before, and I realized that I did not want to accept that, and I didn’t want anyone else who may come into my life to even be exposed to that! I wanted to do something about it, and I wanted to do it NOW, not over the next few years.
So I pulled out my Body-for-LIFE “box” of info from 2002, including the “Eating-for-LIFE” sheets to track what I ate, and I set some goals. My main goal was to get back into my size-4 and size-6 pants, but to do that I figured out I would need to lose 12 or 15 pounds of fat and work out to become leaner.
I went through the Body-for-LIFE website to see samples of the diets of some of the past champions, and because I always still seem to be short on time, I studied the “best” options at fast food restaurants for times when I get “stuck”. I also needed to stock up on “legal” foods to have around for a quick fix, and I found that there are some really neat options available. One of the best “quick” fixes for me is the pre-mixed EAS and AdvantEdge shakes. Now that they have re-sealable lids, I found if I got hungry, I could just take a quick “swig” to tide me over until I could eat the healthy meal I had planned out next or have the whole thing for a meal. I shared this trick with several friends and co-workers who were complaining about always being hungry.
I started doing the Body-for-LIFE weight-training program, which I had used for many years before getting off track, and it felt great to be working out regularly again.
From a physical standpoint, the end result is that I lost 22.4 pounds (instead of the 12 or 15 pounds I thought I needed to lose). I also lost 5 inches in my waist and reduced my body fat percentage from 26.5% to 17.7%. And the most important thing is that I can wear my size-4 pants again!
In addition, the discipline and focus I gained in order to achieve this has led to a substantial increase in my productivity and income at work (real estate sales).
In the future, I would like to actively share the things I learned during this journey with others who are eager to learn, but I haven’t figured out the best way to do that yet. So for now, I will just spread the word whenever I have an opportunity.
As for the relationship-side of the equation, I still don’t have that solved, but I do feel like I am much better equipped from a confidence standpoint to meet someone and be a true contribution to their life than before, and I plan to stay open and expose myself to more opportunities. And even though I attempt to stay focused and on track while I am in the gym, I do notice some nice, interesting-looking men when I am there… Hmmmmmmmm.
* BODY FOR LIFE fitness goals vary by person, but through proper diet, resistance training and aerobic training, the BODY FOR LIFE program may help you achieve yours.
Individual results may vary.