Name: S. Hart
Location: JFK Medical Center. Atlantis, FL
Improvement: 55 lbs Weight Loss
Time: 6 Months
Program: 2008 / 2009 Total Transformation Challenge
My biggest challenges were cutting out the sweets, exercising and resigning to the fact that it is not going to work if I do not make it a lifestyle change. I had to remind myself often that the eating habits and exercise are not temporary. These new habits are going to be part of my daily routine forever. "This is not a diet, it is a lifestyle transformation"
My motivation is definitely weighing in with Rami every week…No matter what, I must weigh in. With Rami's expertise and his knowledge of nutrition and exercise, He helps to motivate me when I reach those frustrating plateaus. Also, as I started to lose the weight and saw a change in my body, I wanted to work harder to see more positive changes in myself…changes I did not expect...my attitude, my self-esteem, energy and sleep habits all improved tremendously!
Yes, my diet did change…a lot. I was a gestational Diabetic while pregnant. I learned that if I did not change my lifestyle I had a good chance of becoming a diabetic very soon. So I basically follow a diabetic's diet. When I allow myself carbohydrates...I eat all whole grain foods. Rice, pasta, bread and I get my sweet fix from fruit. I read labels now, count calories coming in and count calories when I exercise. I have my cheat days, so I buy a lot of those 100 calorie snacks…They are wonderful! I recently had my blood work done and my glucose levels are all extremely good.
Advice to Others:
Weigh in every week, no matter how your week was. Find a cardio activity that you thoroughly enjoy, something that is good for your mind, body and soul. Make it a lifestyle change…if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired…remind yourself of this often and it will only motivate you more to stay on course.
Going forward first and foremost...I will continue to lose weight and weigh in every week. I still have a lot of weight to lose and plan on reaching every goal I set. This experience has taught me that I can achieve anything if I set small goals and reward myself along the way.