Friday, February 8, 2013

Weight Loss Success Story - Alyssa!

Another success story!  I met Alyssa on Instagram and I am truly blown away by her transformation! You can find her on Instagram at @electricfitness and please check out her AMAZING blog at Reverent Lion where she shares a lot of great recipes! 

1. Why did you decide to change your lifestyle to a more healthy one & lose weight?
At work I was sitting for 12+ hours at a time and I distinctly remember sitting in my office chair one afternoon and looking down and realizing that I didn't recognize the legs that were in the chair! I had let my body and mind spin out of control.  I stood up to try and shake the thoughts from my mind and as I stood up my legs felt as if they were creaking from underuse and under the excess weight I had taken on, and my head felt faint and dizzy.  I had not only let my eating and weight get out of control, I had lost control of my health as well.  It was at that moment, 6:46 PM on a Wednesday afternoon (I remember exactly) that I resolved to make a lifestyle change.

2. How and what changes did you make?
That night when I got home from work, I began my research.  I resolved that I would not follow any fad diets or the latest quick fix fitness trend.  I wanted to know exactly which foods were the best nutrient rich fuel for my body and which types of exercise were best in my current state of health.  Everyone's body is different and I recognized that, I wanted to do what was best for my body.  After I put together my plan, I consulted my doctor and got to work. I enjoy a plethora of plant based foods, I avoid chemicals in my foods, and I love to get moving every single day.  No excuses, it is my life, part of who I am!  

3. What have been the hardest and easiest parts of this journey?
In my opinion the journey to health takes consistency, dedication, and patience. The hardest part, hands down, is patience. It is for this reason that we often see marketing campaigns advertising the "quick fix" the "magic pill" or "super fruit" that will give you the shortcut to the perfect body you have always wanted.  It doesn't exist.  You have to come up with a LIFE plan that you can commit to for the rest of your life and then have the patience to let your body show you the results of your consistency and dedication.  My transformation took about one year, which to many people seems fast, but its still a year! I had to be patient with myself, I didn't have a my dream body in two weeks.

4. How has your life changed?
My energy has skyrocketed, I have lost about 60 lbs, I no longer suffer from multiple health issues that were vexing me this time last year.  Not only have I noticed these effects in my life, but I have been able to notice these changes in those closest to me who have no choice but to eat my food and have also adopted a consistent fitness regimen! That has been the best part for me, I find so much joy in seeing those who I love healthy and happy!

5. What advice would you give to others trying to become more healthy?
Do your research.  We live in an age of technology, there are so many resources available to us.  FInd what works best for you, avoid the quick fixes.  Most importantly, be patient with yourself! Our bodies are truly amazing complex organisms, you will be surprised at how your body responds to a long term nutrient rich diet and consistent working out.  Let your body show you what it needs.  We only get one body, and therefore it is priceless. Make the 
decision to take better care of it than you would a irreplaceable jewel or fancy car!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Progress Pictures!

So it's been awhile since I had anyone take some progress shots of me. I usually take them on my own with my iPhone but I needed a high quality headshot for the Designer Whey Newsletter I was going to be featured in and honestly it was just time! I didn't get a chance to take a full body shot because the pants I had on were too big and besides that it was freezing outside, I hope to take some full body ones soon to do some comparisons.

I honestly didn't believe it was me in the pictures, I hope you enjoy them. Also special thanks to my sister for taking the time to take these for me! :-)

This is my picture at my highest weight: 480 lbs

This is me at 364 lbs: