After struggling with her weight a lot, Rebecca motivated herself to improve her well being by booking a trip to Jamaica. And now - 100 pounds lighter, she inspires others through her blog. I was so heavy that I stopped being able to recognize myself in photos. I booked a vacation to Jamaica in May of 2014 and didn't want to look back on the pictures from my trip and not be able to remember how much fun I had because all I could see was how fat I was.
Past Weight Loss experience
Like others, I had tried to diet countless times before. In the end, I would screw up and decide to just throw in the towel. The one thing that changed this time around was I decided to always stay committed to getting back on track no matter how many times I messed up.
A habit that makes change
To start every Monday fresh and there were many, many weekends along my journey where I had more than I should have, but I never let a weekend off track avoid me from starting over and recommitting every week.
Your ideal Eating-Plan
I had to change the types of food sources I cooked as well as learn portion control. I learned how to make food taste delicious without coating it in cheese or cooking it with heavy cream. I also learned how to use fresh ingredients and seasonings to prepare a healthy and tasty food.
First time workouts
I struggled! I remember my rolls jiggling along with me as I ran on the treadmill and Jillian Michaels screaming at me when I woke up early on Friday mornings before work to struggle through one of her workout videos. It was hard when I started, but it eventually got easier. It's gotten to the point now that exercise isn't a chore.
Fitness level and Weight Loss
I went from being a 246-pound girl who couldn't even run for 30 seconds straight to being able to run 10 miles without stopping. I was very slow in the beginning, but now I've completed two half marathons. Sometimes turning down the pizza at the office really sucks, but so does being 246 pounds and crying in a dressing room when size 18 pants won't fit anymore.
Gym and workouts
I found a workout I enjoyed and decided to just say "screw it" and not care what others thought. I went to a ton of Zumba sessions when I first started exercising. I wasn't the most coordinated in the class and I certainly wasn't the most fit, but it was a workout I enjoyed. I got a great calorie burn and didn't worry about what other people in class were thinking about me.
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Your fitness routine
I try to work out every day if possible. Also, I run twice a week — one long run — around 10 miles — and one shorter run. I am a member of weekly barre classes held every Friday and go to the gym around 3 times a week to do cardio and some weight machines. I also do some workout DVDs at home.
My Weight Loss-Friendly recipes
I consume a lot of protein! My breakfast: usually involves an egg white scramble with spinach and sautéed Brussels sprouts topped with low-fat cheese and some kind of carb as a side, like toast or an English muffin. My lunch: lately I've been making big salads with mango salsa, chicken strips, and a Greek yogurt dressing.
My dinner: normally lean protein like chicken with veggies. I like to bake chicken that's topped with goat cheese and apples and serve it with a side of garlic roasted Brussels sprouts, or make fish tacos with baked tilapia and serve it with a cabbage slaw and Greek yogurt lime crema. Snack: protein bars, fresh fruits, Greek yogurt and turkey jerky.
Self - Motivation
Sometimes turning down the pizza at the office really sucks, but so does being 246 pounds and crying in a dressing room when size 18 pants won't fit anymore. I had to make a decision what was worth it: temporary splurges, or making sacrifices for a healthy lifestyle.
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Hardest element you’ve faced
It’s wine; I had to completely cut alcohol out during the weeks when I was losing the bulk of my weight, and I only drank on the weekends. I'm not as strict on myself now — I just don't have a glass every single night because often drinking can lead to poor eating choices.
Your suggestions and recommendations
There's no secret formula and no hidden pill that'll make you skinny. If you eat right and exercise, you'll lose weight. It may not happen as fast as you'd like, but if you stick to a healthy living plan long enough, you'll see results. Keep it simple, take your time and stay dedicated long enough to see change.