How I Lost 56 Pounds With Beachbody Portion Control Containers
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I was now a mom and the unhealthiest I’ve ever been (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and I knew my daughter deserved/deserves a happy and healthy mama. She motivates me to be the best version possible of myself, daily.
My doctor helped kick my butt into gear when I was told I was borderline diabetic, had a super high resting HR, and should consider losing weight.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
When I initially started my weight loss journey, I didn’t start “working out”. My goal was to walk at least 5 miles every single day and work on my eating habits. I would put my daughter in her stroller and we would go for a walk (sometimes multiple walks). I didn’t start adding workouts to my routine until 2 months after starting.
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I still went for a walk every single day but also added in a 25-30 minute workout 3x a week. I gave myself a 3-month goal and that has ultimately led me to change my life.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I bought a portion control meal plan through Beachbody. It came with portion control containers and really helped me dial in my portions. When you’re packing those containers with food, you look at it and think “wow. This isn’t a lot of food at all” and you’re kind of bummed, or at least I was until I emptied the containers on my plate. It was a ton of food! And it left me feeling full and satisfied.
I’m a creature of habit, so I usually stick to what I know. I ate a lot of chicken breast, vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, yellow squash, and bell peppers. I didn’t take any supplements other than a multivitamin and I was eating between 1200-1500 calories based on the TDEE calculator I was using at the time.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Sometimes, giving in to those “slip-ups” helped me get back on track. I had to keep telling myself there isn’t a finish line. I would look at pictures of myself and remember how I felt in that picture. Seeing the progress I was making helped me keep pushing on. I knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be, but, I wasn’t where I used to be, either.
I found myself comparing myself to other people and their journey, and I would get discouraged. But even if we ate all the same foods, did all the same exercises for the same amount of time, our bodies would look completely different. We weren’t created to look the same. Healthy looks are different on everyBODY.
When did you start to notice progress?
I started noticing changes almost immediately. Mainly, within my energy levels and my mood but even when I was taking my 6-week progress pictures, you could tell a difference and that was motivating in itself. I became almost “addicted” to seeing those results and to keep going.
I was learning it wasn’t about how hard I was pushing myself but rather being consistent and showing up for myself on the days I really really did not want to.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I use an app called, “MyPlate” to track my food and my calories. I’ve had it downloaded for years but didn’t start religiously using it until I started this journey in 2018. My workouts I do come with a “tracker” where it will automatically log your workout after you’ve finished working out. It’s been pretty helpful!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
When late-night snacking would hit, I noticed brushing my teeth usually helped put that craving to a halt. Not every time, but, the majority. Also, keep a healthy/healthier snack on hand when you’re out, and about that way when you get home (if you’re hungry) you’re not as tempted to go crazy with easily accessible items such as chips.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Take pictures. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably mortified by pictures being taken of you. Let alone angles that aren’t the most flattering or not having objects to hide behind. Take them anyways. You might not comfortably reflect on them until a year later but they will be beneficial, I promise.
Start slow. Set small and attainable goals. Slow and steady really does “win the race” even though for most of us, there isn’t a finish line. This will be a lifelong journey. Believe in yourself. You can do this!
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on IG! @shiannesmithfit
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