Melanie Crawford is 34, 5’7”, and currently weighs 135 pounds. Over 7-9 months, she reduced her body fat by 17.5% for a total weight-loss of 50lbs. This is the story of her Lifestyle Transformation journey.
THE TURNING POINT
I am a high school, health teacher and I like to identify my body type as a track runner. Prior to gaining all the weight, I had been skinny or thin all my life and very active. I was even underweight when I got pregnant. I have two kids now. I gained 55 lbs with the first kid. I was 188 at the time of delivery. I weighed the same with the second. Afterwards, I dropped down to 145 but that didn’t last.
I gained weight slowly over three years after my second kid. I was eating more sweets than I had previously and was still eating calories like an athlete. Because I was still very active running, dancing, and participating in all kinds of activities.
The turning point, I was 32 years old and one day a student said to me “Ms. Jackson, you’re getting fat!”. But until he said it, I hadn’t noticed. So, I immediately found a scale. I had ballooned up to 196 lbs.
For the next 2 years, I attempted to get the weight off myself via exercise. It wasn’t working. On top of that, I couldn’t breathe, I didn’t take pictures (still kinda don’t), and I didn’t go shopping.
I contacted Kurt at Body Refined. I contacted Body Refined because I had heard of someone working with him that was dropping all kinds of weight even though she had this injury that prevented her from doing exercise. I would like to think I’m not stupid or insane but it piqued my curiosity and I figured I needed to do something different.
So, here I was, working with Body Refined on changing my Lifestyle and the hardest part of about this Lifestyle Transformation was trying to get enough sleep and sticking to a schedule.
Until I started working with Kurt, I thought I needed to go over the top with exercise but all I did was take walks. In the past would run, play a sport, or dance occasionally.
What was also hard was being conscious of being less sedentary and moving around more often during the day.
I didn’t have much help or support from Family and Friends. I went at this alone but I am an introvert and I could care less about public opinion. So, I was able to travail in solitude.
In summary, the changes were systemic. And I’m still working on making adjustments. Again, I had to stick to a schedule with sleeping and eating. I had to distance myself from people who thought that the changes I was making weren’t healthy. With that, I had to start saying no to attending some functions, especially where I knew there would be food. Which ended up being 99.9% of the functions I was invited to or had to attend.
I happen to like fashion but hate shopping. At 196, I thought I was healthy but I had a hard time breathing, my knees hurt, and I couldn’t dress the way I wanted. I wore a ton of big and black things that ‘hid’ the extra carriage.
Now at 135 ish, I feel awesome. I can breathe. I hate shopping a little less. I have more energy.
Everything bothers me but not as much as it did before. Most importantly, I feel so awesome that I was able to accomplish this major feat that a great deal of women set out to do but few are able. Despite having help from Body Refined, and despite some struggles, I/we did it.
It is always a struggle to create new habits and break an addiction. I was addicted to Barqs root beer, Lay’s salt and vinegar potato chips, biscuits, and these rum muffins from Costco and pretty much everything processed. Once I saw that one biscuit made me gain a whole pound in a day, I knew I could not go back to the way I was eating.
So, removing those kinds of foods from my diet was sort of easy. Cutting some people off was easy. But eating more than I should, will always struggle. A sister likes to eat.
Now that I have lost this weight, I’ve heard people say that I look sick and unattractive, that I am too old to weigh as little as I did in high school, and that all women need to have meat on their bones. So, I have had to assert myself in a variety of ways to let folks know that my body is not up for discussion.
WHY BODY REFINED
As I previously mentioned, I would like to think that I am highly intelligent. And when I realized that what I was yielding no results, it was time to do something different. To keep doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results is both insane and not so smart. I heard about a lady was dropping a ton of weight working with Body Refined despite having knee surgery that prevented her from engaging in exercise activity. So, I figured what I could do with crappy yet working knees.
Overall, my experience was great. It was just like my track and swimming experience in that it was like having a coach monitoring my life. I am used to a coach telling me to correct my form, for example, which is a habit I wouldn’t be able to see without a coach watching me. It was just like that.
In the past, I would go to the gym and dudes would think I don’t know how to work the machines. I also Had a trainer before, he was a friend and was great, but we never discussed nutrition, scheduling, or the importance of sleep.
I have been recommending Body Refined left and right. But people think that if they just diet and exercise, they will be able to make changes themselves. Ha! That’s what I said too. Over time, I realize that Body Refined is not for everyone.
You must be ready to commit to the process and be willing to listen to someone slightly telling you what to do and eat. If not, everyone is wasting their time. Working with Body Refined was easy but challenging. The payoff is exponentially worth it.
I would tell someone to assess what kind of life he or she wants to live. What kind of example do you want to be for your children, family, and friends? Whatever your choice, fine, just be willing to live with the consequences.
For me, I couldn’t be an overweight health teacher. I didn’t want my kids to see being overweight as normal/healthy once they become adults (even though most adults are).
People tend to be concerned with cost. You can pay what seems like a lot up front or you can pay out in co-pays, premiums, and monies spent on potions and pills that promise weight loss which is far more expensive in the long run. Whatever the choice, you will pay for it.
I would also say to someone, that they need to accept where they are and admit the interventions have not worked thus far and to try something new and different. This journey is more than a person’s gravitational pull on the earth which translates to pounds on the scale. The guidance you will receive from Body Refined is a holistic approach to a complete lifestyle transformation. You are worth the time and effort to invest in your health. Why not?