Inspiring Stories To Help Your Transformation Journey
James Welch's Story
It really began with just getting motivated enough to get back into the gym. I began just doing cardio on the machines for a few months. Once I got motivated enough, I began to pick up the weights again. After seeing some changes over the course of some time, I decided I could take the transformation even further. I really became granular with my diet and supplementation. Focusing on protein intake, good carbohydrates, and keeping the bad stuff away (junk food). Aside from all of this, I really couldn't have done it without the support of my wife. She really makes an effort to live a healthy and active lifestyle as well.
"I was on and off in college with visiting the gym, but seeing myself almost two years ago in the worst shape of my life is what really motivated me to change my ENTIRE lifestyle."
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Rachel Mac's Story
At first, I focused on educating myself and implementing small changes, one at a time. I vividly remember the charge I got with each healthy choice I made; how satisfying it felt to snack on veggies instead of french fries, the empowerment of bringing my own breakfast-a combination of greek yogurt, protein powder and high-fiber cereal-to school instead of picking up a bagel and cream cheese, and the freedom of curing my afternoon hunger with high protein, slow digesting, 1% milk instead of a bag of chips.
"The final straw was overhearing a coworker make a nasty remark about my body. It finally dawned on me. My weight wasn't a phase. It was me. It was how other people saw me. I was overweight and it was time to make a lasting change."
Within two months, I had overhauled my diet one smart choice at a time and lost twenty pounds in the process. With renewed effort, I signed up for subscriptions to Shape, Self, and Fitness magazines and read them on the elliptical machine in my apartment building's gym.
Looking at the fitness models who appeared on those magazines was inspiring. I hoped to be fit one day but certainly never dreamed of looking like one of them.
Four months later, I had lost a total of thirty-five pounds. I maintained my weight for three years by doing what I'd done to originally lose weight; eat less and run more. By this point, I was no longer a busy law student, I was a busy lawyer, working 60+ hours per week. While I was still making healthy choices and staying slim, I had no definition. I was, as they say, skinny fat.
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