How Connie Lost Over 100 Pounds With Herbalife Nutrition
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I struggled with body image issues since I was younger and even at my lowest weight, I still thought I was “big”. During most of my 20’s I was in a downward spiraled and gained more than 100 lbs. I hated the feeling of avoiding doctors because I didn’t want to see the number on the scale, hated buying clothes without trying them on only to realize the biggest sizes still didn’t fit me, I was tired of who was staring back at me in the mirror. I felt stuck, trapped in this body.
I went to a personal development seminar and was ready for change. Coincidentally, I met my friend/coach there. I kept seeing him post on social media about nutrition programs and figured that someone who has abs and was already in a positive mindset could probably help me. I set aside my ego and reached out. From there, I was introduced to the Herbalife Nutrition program. To be honest, I was very skeptical at first but as I said if this person is shredded with abs and I had already spent hundreds of dollars on juice cleanses before so I gave it a shot & haven’t looked back since.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I focused on my nutrition first and actually only did yoga for athletes once a week. Once I had lost 30 lbs, I decided to join the fit camp offered with the nutrition program and did HIIT workouts.
It was a slow progression where I did yoga consistently every Monday then HIIT once in a blue moon. Eventually, I knew getting over my plateau meant having to work out more. I would get some form of exercise in and for no more than 45 minutes a day. When I was stuck at having 20 lbs to go, I buckled down on my nutrition, did fasted cardio in the mornings & my HIIT training in the evenings after work. I didn’t always want to workout & would be sore but I always remember my goal. To get to my goal, I had to set aside my feelings and just do it.
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I followed my Herbalife Nutrition program which surprisingly had me eating more frequently than I ever did when I was heavier.
I have my Dulce de Leche shake in the morning, have a healthy protein-based snack, lunch which consisted of leafy greens, a lean protein, and a complex carb, snack in between, and dinner would be the same as lunch. I would also take my metabolism-boosting tablet along with a tablet that helped my body absorb the nutrients I was eating. My goal was to stay under 1800 calories and drink a gallon of water a day (I still struggle with this). I used to crave a lot of things like fries, rice, noodles, fried food but I also learned to make healthy substitutions.
How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded, goal-oriented people is so crucial to any health journey. I’m so grateful that I was surrounded by all of the people in the community who encouraged me every single step of the way. It also felt good seeing real people losing over 100 lbs using the same nutrition program as me.
I was challenged A LOT during this time. I went through a breakup from a 10-year relationship, my grandmother passed, my father battled cancer, and lost. I had every excuse to give up but I didn’t because of all the positivity and love I did receive from the community. I stayed connected to the people through workouts, zoom calls, and events. I’ve also never felt better than I do now and didn’t want to lose that feeling. Restarting after going through so much would do me and everyone rooting for me a disservice.
When you find yourself struggling, go back to why you started. It’s hard but starting over but staying stuck & constantly starting over is even harder.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I used MyFitnessPal to log calories & would use the higher caloric number to track. I also weighed myself once a week to check my progress.
When did you start to notice progress?
I didn’t notice my weight loss until I lost about 60lbs. I was gradually losing weight around my whole body. Once I lost 96lbs, I decided to go shopping for jeans – something I haven’t done in 8+ years. THAT was the moment where I realized the amount of weight I had lost. I was finally able to put on a pair of Zara jeans and didn’t have to rely on jeggings. Such a liberating feeling.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I let go of my ego and asked a bunch of questions about the food I was eating. I wanted to improve & do it right so I can maintain this for life. Actually listening to the advice given to you is the greatest hack.
Things labeled as gluten-free, vegan, etc., aren’t necessarily good for you. You should eat foods based on your body type & goals.
You don’t have to run to lose weight. I really dislike running and used to think that was the only form of exercise to shed pounds. Do something you actually enjoy while getting that heart rate up! Try new things until you find what fills your cup.
Lastly, believe in yourself. Know that you CAN achieve the unthinkable. If you’re having a hard time, find people who do believe in you, and are positive. This journey is 100% mental. You got this!!!
What advice would you give to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
- Find healthy substitutions for the fried stuff.
- Set one new healthy thing to your daily routine & add more each week or month as you feel more comfortable.
- Skip the cheese, sauces, and bacon.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I love being part of our FitU community where we’re surrounded by people who are positive & have similar goals.
“Ask and It Is Given” by Abraham Hicks is also very powerful. It’s really about manifesting and harvesting your inner power. You get to create the life you want by what you ask for, how you ask for it, and brings about self-awareness. How we talk to ourselves has a big impact on what we get to create.
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on my Instagram, @conniechacha!
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