Why I decided to transform
I dieted with no exercise program my entire adult life. There were varied results with yo-yo effects, which eventually led to a max weight of 220 pounds. I had increasing problems with degenerative arthritis in both knees, back and neck surgery to correct degenerative changes in my spine, and was determined to stop the progression.
I joined a gym and tried working on the cardio machines. I was much too self-conscious and didn't venture into the weight and resistance machine area. I attended group classes, but not routinely. My weight went down to 194 pounds, but I was still out of condition.
My gym sponsored a "Biggest Loser Contest" and I participated. I tracked my food, exercised regularly, and lost weight. I got up the nerve to try boot camp classes that were beyond my abilities. I wasn't among the top performers, but I gained strength, stamina, and lost more weight.
The major turning point came when I started to work with a personal trainer twice per week. My trainer provided an exercise plan that increased in intensity as I progressed. I was given diet counseling and constant support and feedback. Exercise is now a part of my life I will not compromise.
I'm proof that anyone can transform no matter how much you weigh, how out of shape you are, or how old you are.
How I accomplished my goals
I utilized an electronic program that journals calorie intake and calories burned during exercise under the supervision of my trainer. I never considered quitting. I'm inspired by my trainer and my relationship with other people at the gym who share my enthusiasm about fitness training.
What aspect challenged me the most
Maintaining my diet is my biggest challenge. I work hard at it every day with the knowledge I recently possessed.
My future fitness plans
Fitness is my guilty pleasure. I do it for myself. I have 10 more pounds that I'm determined to lose.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
My advice to people who feel it's possible is to stop making excuses. It's possible for nearly everyone to improve their fitness level and lose weight.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
I use the site for recipes and new protein products. The site is awesome to navigate and find exactly what I'm looking for. I tried the pumpkin bars several times and they made for a great holiday treat.
Ellie's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor
- "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
- "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback
- "Devil Went Down To Georgia" by Steve Ouimette
- "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis