Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weight Loss Success Story! - Claudia

It's true that weight loss is a hard road but it's not impossible. My friend Claudia is proof that it can be done. I hope you enjoy her story.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @ClaudiaRukab

1. Why did you decide to change your lifestyle to a more healthy one & lose weight?
As cliche as this may sound, i decided to change my life over a boy. I had been speaking to him for months then finally when we hung out, via text he told me to " fix myself." So i took initiative and i put him in his place.

2. How and what changes did you make?
I always thought eating one meal a day and doing hours upon hours of cardio was the way to "skinny." Little did i know, I was wrong. So March 18,2010 I walked my self into Xsport Fitness in Garden City NY and I signed up with a brand new gym. But one thing that truly helped me was i signed up with a trainer. That changed my entire life. Summer of 2010 I quit my job and dedicated an entire summer to about 2 hours of cardio an hour of lifting and and hour of personal training every single day. My diet was cleaner than clean. I snacked on spinach in a movie theater once and it was totally normal to me. I also did a 12 week get fit contest starting in May 2010. My first cheat meal was on August 31 and it was a slice of pizza, I cried with happiness. 

3. What have been the hardest and easiest parts of this journey?
The hardest part of making such a huge life change is the fact that no body understands what you are going through. Because of that I had lost about 10 friends because I simply dedicated to much time to my health and fitness. The plus side about it was the emails and texts i were getting about how i inspire people to make a change. The amazing messages i would receive and compliments I'd get from 
everyone made every time i wanted ice cream that much easier to say no and walk away smiling.

4. How has your life changed?
How hasn't my life changed? Every aspect of my life has changed some things have gotten worst and some things have gotten better. Since i lost my weight i was diagnosed with starting stages of arthritis in my left knee and an out of place knee cap in my right knee. Ive also been diagnosed as a Hypoglycemic. But those things are minimal to what i have gained. Ive gotten my life back. At age 12 my parents went through a very bad divorce leaving me very depressed and what most people don't know very suicidal. I kept it at bay in front of my father and brother, because I lived with them. My depression hit an all time low when my brother fell deep into drugs and my father would leave on a Monday night for work and come home Saturday. I ate constantly and didn't care about anything. I look back at that time in my life not with disgust but more with pride. I'm alive. This was like my second chance at life. And I couldn't be prouder of myself day in and out. I'm a full time student and full time gym rat. At age 20 I'm an assistant store manager to one of the busiest Vitamin Shoppes in the 
New York Tri-state area. I made my parents proud for once in my life.

5. What advice would you give to others trying to become more healthy?
The only thing I could tell someone who is not happy with where they are right now is do it when you are ready. Do it when you know your going to give it your all. Blood, sweat and tears. Don't EVER be ashamed to post that picture of you at your heaviest in your sports bra and shorts and be proud because you are fighting. That cupcake will always be there, you might not if you don't change your life.


AFTER (Wearing White)


Anonymous said...

Wow! Congrats! This took a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. So inspiring!!

Krystal said...

That is amazing!!! I LOVE success stories! They are such an inspiration!

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

Congratulations to her! Thank you for sharing her story as I love to read about other people's successes.

WorkoutMusicDiva said...

That is an amazing story! Kudos for being brave enough to live through losing friends for what you believed in.

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