Debi had always been into fitness, but in the Summer of 2007 she drifted from her routine and packed on the pounds. Finally, she had enough of being overweight and decided to get her life back. Learn how she dropped 17 pounds and 5% body fat!
Before: September 2, 2007 Age: 41 Height: 5'7" Weight: 142 lbs Body Fat: 19%
After: March 2, 2008 Age: 42 Height: 5'7" Weight: 125 lbs Body Fat: 13.9%
Why I Got Started
I have lifted weights for 24 years and have always been in shape, but Summer is always trying with the kids home from school. During the Summer of 2007, I got out of my routine and let myself go.
Click Image To Enlarge. Debi Straley's Weight Progress.
I got into the habit of drinking Smirnoff Ice every night and I was eating whatever I wanted. By September, I couldn't fit into any of my shorts or jeans! I couldn't believe how quickly I lost control of my body.
How I Did It
I got mad! Mad at myself and I just made up my mind that I was going to get into the best shape of my life. I read Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet" for the second time and followed her principles.
Click Image To Enlarge. I Was Going To Get Into The Best Shape Of My Life.
I started lifting weights 5 days per week again and I met a Holistic Doctor at my gym who looked at my diet and taught me what I needed to do to get the body I wanted.
Holistic health is a philosophy of medical care that views physical and mental aspects of life as closely interconnected and equally important approaches to treatment. While frequently associated with alternative medicine, it is also increasingly used in mainstream medical practice as part of a broad view of patient care.
I began to eat small portions of lean protein and vegetables every 3 hours and drank nothing but water. Once I started to see results, I was hooked! I wanted to snack at night, so I searched the internet looking for fitness sites to motivate me and basically keep me occupied so I would stay away from the Doritos!
Click Image To Enlarge. Once I Started To See Results, I Was Hooked.
I stumbled on Bodybuilding.com completely by accident and it was just what I needed. I am thankful for the amazing friends I have made through this site and the incredible support and encouragement I have gotten from them.
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My training philosophy is simple. I believe in consistency and intensity. I think any exercise, if done properly, will get results. There aren't any magic exercises that the super-fit keep in a secret journal - as long as it is done properly and it is targeting your muscle, it will get results.
Obviously there are basic exercises and more advanced ones, but I think intensity and breathing have a lot to do with how well they work. I work every muscle once per week and hit legs twice a week. I pick two body parts and superset the exercises. I do an abdominal exercise in between every superset.
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I personally do not do cardio, I tried running for a while, but it just wasn't something I enjoyed. I truly love lifting weights and I never tire of it. It gives me confidence and makes me feel good. You have to be dedicated to succeed. I typically wake up at 4:15 a.m. to get my workout in before getting the kids off to school.
Click Image To Enlarge. You Have To Be Dedicated To Succeed.
Sometimes, I have to go at 9 a.m. after I drop my daughter off. You need to make sacrifices and be able to adjust, because it's not easy, but it's worth it!
Suggestions For Others
I found that writing down everything t I ate helped me stick to my clean foods. I also had a mantra, "just walk away," that I said over and over because I was on a strict diet all throughout the holidays. I would bring my own vegetable dishes to the holiday gatherings.
I ate plain turkey and a scoop of vegetables and "just walked away." It worked. I can't "hang out" by the food because I will pick at it. I know this, so I don't. If I look at the desserts, I'll want them. So I don't look. When I wanted something sweet, I made some hot tea and put Splenda in it with a little soy creamer.
RELATED VIDEO: DEBI STRALEY'S TRANSFORMATION STORY
My Story - From The Beginning!
Learn a little bit more about how and why Debi got started and what she did to take that first step into a fitness lifestyle. Be sure to also check out part 2 and 3 of her story.
It satisfied me, and I was proud of myself for staying on track. The satisfaction that I got looking in the mirror at my lean physique meant so much more to me than the little bit of pleasure I could have gotten from eating something sinful. I reached my goal within 6 months.
Taking pictures of myself kept me motivated and my confidence was at an all time high. I got support through my friends at my gym and here on BodySpace, but family sometimes doesn't understand why you won't have a glass of wine or a brownie. It's okay. You have to do it for yourself and no one else.
Click Image To Enlarge. You Have To Do It For Yourself And No One Else.
One day my 9-year-old daughter wrote on my dry erase board "Way to go Mom" with a big smiley face - that really meant a lot to me! My kids watch how I eat and I know that they are learning valuable lessons about nutrition that they will carry with them throughout their lives.
I proved to myself that I could do what I set out to do. It wasn't easy, but it certainly wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be. You will find that as you go through your journey, you will set a good example for others to follow.
Click Image To Enlarge. I Proved To Myself That I Could Do What I Set Out To Do.
It's a great feeling to have someone tell you that you have motivated them to live a healthier life. We are all here to help each other and I am proud to be a part of this great fitness community.
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I thought I couldn't lose weight because of my age, but I see it must be because I'm doing something wrong. Thank you for sharing your story. This is so inspiring. I just have to find the right diet program for me.