A MUST READ GYSB® Weight Loss Success Story ~Be Inspired!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a weight loss story (journey) to share. While there are many GYSBers working on being more healthy and fit, not many are willing to share WHILE they are on their journey. People want to share the final results. They want to reveal when everything is “perfect” (in their eyes). But that’s not the point of this movement. When you take a holistic approach to wellness, it’s a lifestyle change, a journey with ebbs and flows that never end, a journey with highs and lows, supporters and foes , it’s a lifetime journey of being committed through it ALL. That’s why I’m so excited to share this Q and A with Lisa Cat, my sister, my friend, Ms Superwoman. Lisa made a commitment to change her life in spite of her challenges/hardships. What she has been able to do is inspiring and motivating so I wanted to make sure I shared it with YOU. It’s short and to the point so don’t tell me you don’t have time to read the blog. #teamGYSB® BABY!


1. When did you decide it was time to change your lifestyle? OR in other words, what was the WHY that made this weight loss non-negotiable?

    I went to my kids school and had trouble getting up the stairs to see their work in the art room. I realized that day that if I didn’t lose the weight my health would decline to the point that I would be unable to participate in the simple joys of being a mother. When I think of my kids having an overweight, unhealthy momma it helps me focus on making the small positive changes that lead to big, lasting results

2. What were the first three things you changed at the beginning of your journey?


    a. Limit the negative!!  I had a lot of toxic people in my life, I knew that I needed to limit their access to me in order to make any changes last. It’s hard to make progress when you’re getting an ear full of negative messages about yourself.

    b. I started moving a little everyday. At the beginning all I could do was walk to the end of my street and back. It wasn’t much, but I was moving and eventually I could walk around the block and then a few blocks and eventually a 5k…

c. Cut back on sweets, sodas and carbs! I’m Italian, we eat pasta and bread in large quantities at least 5 days a week, so reducing carbs seemed crazy, but it was worth it!

3. What would you say to someone who wants to get started but they have so much weight to lose that it seems nearly impossible?


    I know the feeling!! When you weigh over 300 lbs. watching the scale will only frustrate you! I do much better when I watch how my clothes fit rather than the number on scale. If you just keep taking consistent baby steps your health will return and the pounds WILL come off…slow and steady wins the race.


4. What is your diet like these days?


    I eat primarily fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken, nuts, and beans (a slightly modified paleo diet). Also, most days I drink tea instead of coffee or soda. I try to stay away from processed products and buy organics where my budget allows.  I stick to an 85% rule. If I can eat that way 85% of the time then I indulge 15% of my week. I don’t view it as a diet, this is what works for my health and when I start to cheat too much I get tired and achy.


5. What did you eat for breakfast, afternoon snack, lunch, evening snack and dinner today?


Breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach cooked in coconut oil, a banana for a snack, chicken fajitas without tortillas or cheese, handful of almonds to snack, then a Greek salad with chicken, and a post workout protein shake.


6. Let’s talk a little about exercise? When did you incorporate it? How many days per week and what exercises did/do you do?


    In the beginning it was so hard to exercise!! When you weigh 348 lbs., the smallest movements are strenuous. Joining a gym is intimidating, so finding a starting point is difficult. I promised myself that every day I was capable I would find a way to move!! Now I have increased my workouts to include cardio 4 days a week and strength training 3 days a week. For cardio I jog or swim, and for the strength training I am a part of FunFit where we get together twice a week and encourage each other on our journey. We sweat and smile, leaving happy and coming back a bit sore each time. I also do push ups and/or burpees on my own along with an ab challenge we’re encouraging each other to do every day.


7. What kept/keeps you motivated?


    My health!! I have had so many health challenges; including meningitis, liver and kidney failure, cervical cancer, fibromyalgia and acute asthma, to name a few… I want to be able to keep up with my kids and not be a burden to my family and friends.There are so many ways that being overweight limits your life. I don’t want any limitations!! I want to have a strong, healthy body so I can squeeze all the life out of each day I’m blessed with!!


8. What important advice would you give to someone who is reading this who has yet to start their weight loss journey?

    * Surround yourself with positive people

*Don’t give yourself unrealistic deadlines for pounds lost

*Focus on having a healthy body, not a skinny one

*Learn what emotional triggers cause you to overeat or skip workouts

*Drink a lot of water

*Create healthy sleep patterns

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