How I Lost 45 Pounds In 1 Year With Beachbody
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
In 2016, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer while I was pregnant. I had her at about 37 weeks, via emergency C-section, due to high blood pressure. After I had my daughter, I had my thyroid removed and went through radiation treatment. During this time my hormones went crazy and I gained about 60 pounds over the course of a year! Since I’ve started this weight loss journey in 2019, I’ve lost over 45 pounds and gained so much confidence.
Although I had a turning point for my health, I feel like I’ve been on a weight loss journey my whole life. I’ve been a constant yo-yo dieter since I was in the 4th grade, and I’ve tried every diet out there. I’ve counted calories, points, carbs, steps, macros- but after I lost my thyroid, losing weight became even harder than it was before, and I felt really stuck.
I finally decided to clean up my nutrition in a healthy way- no crazy restrictions- and to start moving my body more. I figured, if I’m consistent, something HAS TO happen with my weight. It’s been slow going, and there have been many obstacles, but in the end, consistency is KEY!
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
A typical week of working out for me is 5 days a week, 18- 30 minutes a day. The workouts are all at home and are three days are DCT-T workouts (Density, Complexes, and Tabata Training), one day of Total Body Tone (weight training), and one day of Tabata Cardio and Core.
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Density training builds strength and stamina by amplifying training intensity. During density, we perform 5 exercises for as many rounds as you can fit in before the clock expires.
Strength complexes promote muscle building by increasing time under tension. During complexes you’re not allowed to put down your weights or let go of your resistance bands until you’ve completed every rep of every exercise, strength complexes combine different exercises into one giant set that maximizes muscle endurance, strength gains, and calorie burn.
Tabata-inspired interval training challenges your speed, strength, and staying power with short bursts of cardio intensity followed by short breaks.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I follow a portion-controlled nutrition program that focuses on MORE vegetables, MORE fruits, and MORE protein. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get any fat or carbs. The macros end up being roughly 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat.
I eat a lot of ‘normal’ foods. Eggs and toast with chicken sausage and fruit for breakfast, sandwich with carrots and an apple for lunch. Pretty basic. The program I follow isn’t about giving up your favorite foods or feeling restricted, it’s about fixing your portion sizes.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I don’t stay motivated. There are days when I have completely forgotten my why and am ready to dive headfirst into a pool of Papa John’s garlic butter. Motivation is great to get you started, but it’s fleeting and that’s NORMAL.
At the end of the day, it’s all about discipline and how bad you want it. In 2019, I was on a roll. I was about 5 months into my journey and I was seeing results, then I fell down the stairs and broke my ankle. I wasn’t able to walk, or workout, and I started to backslide. I wasn’t motivated then- but I was disciplined enough to not give up. Then, in March of 2020, I was able to start working out again. And by April, I tested positive for COVID.
Now, I’m recovering from knee surgery. Life is going to throw you curveballs, and your weight loss isn’t going to be a straight line, but as long as you stay consistent and are in it for the long game- you’ll get where you want to be.
When did you start to notice progress?
My progress was super gradual. For the first three weeks, I didn’t lose anything. I kept thinking, something has to give, right? And it did. Little by little.
Losing my thyroid made my metabolism slow down and can also make people feel tired, achy, making them less likely to exercise, further reducing their metabolism. I didn’t fully understand what I was up against when I started, but I’m glad that I started when I did.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I only used my scale to weigh myself about once a week, and I took measurements from time to time. I tracked everything else in the Beachbody apps, where I access my workouts, meal plans, and accountability group.
Are there any other fitness products that you used frequently?
Shakeology! Shakeology is a supplement with protein, fiber, and beneficial carbohydrates that can help curb cravings and provide healthy energy. Shakeology is a low-glycemic index food. Low-GI foods release carbohydrates more slowly, causing a lower blood-glucose response.
Protein and fiber help you feel full so you eat less, which helps support weight-loss goals.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Drink lots of water! I drink about half my body weight in ounces of water DAILY!
(ie: if you weigh 200lbs, that would be 100 ounces of water)
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Take lots of pictures! You’re going to feel like you aren’t making any progress at some point and pictures are a good way to remind yourself where you started.
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