Name: Maureen Jeanson
Weight Before: 220 lbs
BF Before: 35-40%
Weight After: 167 lbs
Weight After: 13%
Why I Decided To Change My Body
I was fed up with looking and feeling the way I did. I think the before picture is pretty self explanatory as to WHY I decided to change. The catalyst was a coat given to me from my family as a birthday gift and it was too tight to wear ... in the biggest size they sold and it was too tight. I had used the excuse of "just had a baby" for far too long and I knew it. I decided even though I had 5 children to tend to I needed to do something to stop this weight gain before it killed me.
I am happily married to my best friend. We share the job of raising 5 children together. I stay at home to raise our youngest children, but have a natural health care practice on the side.
What I Got Me Started
Dr Phil's book on weight loss was the stepping stone for me, believe it or not. From there I rediscovered my love for weight lifting and discovered other forms of cardio I could actually LIKE. I got control over my eating, learned to eat more frequently and to watch my food ratios as well as caloric intake.
I followed his program for 12 weeks and was really motivated to take it even further. I bought another book on fitness and diet off the internet and have followed and tweaked that program from there. I am now IN LOVE with diet and fitness and am perusing to help other women and mothers to follow the same steps from fat housewife to fit housewife. Now there is no stopping me, I am on a mission and I intend to TAKE NO PRISONERS!
When & How Long It Took Me
How long it took me to reach my first goal? My second goal? I have been doing this for over 18 months now and I am not stopping at any set destination. My before and after pictures are 12 months apart roughly, but I don't see it as a final stop yet.
|WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?|
- 4 egg white/one yolk
- ½ cup oatmeal (measured raw)
- Average banana
- 1.5 cups shredded lettuce
- ½ tomatoes
- ¼ onions
- ½ cup cooked brown rice
- 5 ounces chicken breast shredded
- 4 ounces chicken breast
- 1 cup greens (salad greens)
- ¼ salsa
- whole wheat wrap
- 1 cup watermelon
- 4 ounces salmon
- 1 cup broccoli
- ½ cup cooked brown rice
- Protein powder
- ½ cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup strawberries
- 4 or 5 almonds crushed and sprinkled in
This tally is about 1800 calories this is a basic idea of what I eat. If I am on a fat burning process and I want to lose fast I would cut out more and if I am adding on muscle I add in more.
I do lots of deadlifts and squats and other functional things with the weights rather than the traditional 4-day splits. Right now I am doing this 2 day split 4x a week.
- Bench press on stability ball 5x5
- Bent over Row 5x5
- Push press 5x5
- Dumbbell lat pullovers (on stability ball) 5x5
- Bench press (close grip) 5x5
- Barbell high pull 5x5
For cardio I prefer non traditional things like boxing or circuit training. I HATE the treadmill and other mundane methods of sweating. When it comes to increasing the heart rate I like to be creative!!
Stop The Crippling Mind Set:
Stop the crippling mind set of "I just can't find my mojo" There is nothing to find, I am not sure why you think it was created elsewhere for you to scoop up. You make it, you create the motivation and fortitude.
Stop Setting Vague Goals:
Stop setting vague goals like "I want to lose weight" Well, how much weight? How can you work with a goal like that? Lose 4 pounds on a crash diet, BANG goal achieved. Close your eyes and picture who you want to be. Imagine in great detail the body image you want to have. Is it to wear a size smaller? Lose the fat off your thighs? Perhaps it is to wear a slinky black dress to a party and attract the eyes of every eligible man in the room? How will you get to that goal? How will you BECOME that goal?
In order to reach this specific goal I need a time frame. I need an approach I can work with and a diet which I can work with. I have mapped all that out in my blog as well.
Make sure you are charting progress. Sometimes we lose fat but not weight. We exchange fat numbers on the scale for pounds of muscle. We think all that work was for nothing and we lose focus. Take some measurements, squeeze into some smaller pants and keep trying them on - if you apply it all you will see the changes not reflected in the scale.
It is great to be held accountable to others and not just our own thoughts. Join a support forum and post your goals, your desires, your struggles ... your triumphs. You can join our growing forum at www.yourfitnessjourney.com. We are all waiting to see you!!!
Again, remember there is no magic that you can't seem to find. You create the motivation each and every day ... begin your journey!!!