Vanessa is 62 years old, 5’1” tall, and weighs 124 pounds, down from 176lbs. This is the story of her lifestyle transformation journey.
THE TURNING POINT
What made me decide to focus on my health was simple… I didn’t want to go into retirement overweight to end up adding more medications to what I am already taking. I wanted to get my blood pressure & high cholesterol down low enough so I don’t need the medicine.
I didn’t start putting on weight until I was 25 years old. In fact, up until that point, I was called skinny and beanpole. After age 25 I seemed like I was gaining at least 5 pounds a year until I was almost 180 pounds. This is when I decided to do something. I would go to the gym and do aerobic and toning exercises and would try to walk at least 2 miles on the treadmill at least 3 days a week.
IN THE BEGINNING
When I first started on this journey, it was a weight-loss journey and my focus was nutrition and exercise mostly.
I decreased my salt intake because I was retaining fluid, which kept my blood pressure up. So, I ate less fried food, didn’t eat take out, exercised, walked more and then I joined Weight Watchers.
I was at my heaviest, 176lbs, when I joined Weight Watchers. Their program helped to keep me accountable for what I ate. I tried to track my food intake but I wasn’t consistent.
I did lose 10 pounds in the beginning but then I couldn’t lose any more weight. I even ate Lean Cuisine & Weight Watchers meals for lunch, because I thought they would help me eat a little healthier. I stopped overfilling my plate and eating until I was too full to move.
Joining Weight Watchers didn’t help me much because I still ate what I wanted and most of it wasn’t healthy and it wasn’t the best combination of proteins, fat, and carbs.
While working with Body Refined, I learned that I don’t have to eat bland foods. He taught me how to put together meals that met MY basic protein, carbohydrate and fat requirements. It wasn’t some standard nutrition plan of chicken, sweet potato, and vegetables.
The most impactful change was following a schedule. A schedule that encompassed my entire life for every day of the week. I didn’t realize how important it was to have a regimen of “life” until I started to lose the weight.
I wasn’t even doing a specific exercise routine, I was just walking every day. In fact, Kurt told me to stop walking so much because I was doing too much for the amount of food I was eating, which I learned was my fuel.
He helped me to focus on my overall day by not being so sedentary. Simply by taking a moment to stand up, stretch, just doing something to keep my metabolism at a moderate level. It didn’t always have to walk around the building.
And finally, sleep, which was the biggest factor. Weight watchers never taught me anything about how sleep can impact your health, your weight.
Once Kurt helped me to create a schedule to position myself every evening to get to bed at a time that would get me 7+ hours of sleep, I noticed I had more energy during the day. Mentally, I felt more focused and I wasn’t craving as much.
In just 6 months, I learned more about myself and lost 4x’s as much weight then I did in the 4 years I was working with Weight Watchers.
I feel great, I have more confidence. I feel that I have finally accomplished a real goal with my weight. Mentally, I am less stressed about weight, physically – my knees and back don’t bother me as much and emotionally, I feel that I am in control of my body. I can look at myself in the mirror where before I didn’t like what I saw when I looked in the mirror.
I struggled in the beginning because scheduling everything was a big change. Trying to get my meals prepared and getting to bed earlier than I am used to was the biggest adjustment. But, as I became used to the preparation of food, sleep change, and having all my food prepared to where I just reach in and grab it and warm it up I don’t struggle with this part of the plan. I enjoy most of the foods on my plan. I especially like a lot of the new foods I have been introduced to.
I don’t struggle as much as I did in the beginning because now I focus on my habits and not my weight.
Every now and then I want something that I know is not good for me. But I don’t give in; I get up and do something to take my mind off the craving. If I don’t do anything but walk 250 steps to keep my mind and body busy. I do still struggle to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
WHY BODY REFINED
I saw the changes in my niece and sister who were both working with Body Refined. Before I even signed on to the program, they were both giving me some pointers based on what Kurt was teaching them and I lost a little over 10lbs.
That only went so far because I realized then the support he was providing was customized to them. I didn’t need any more convincing to join Body Refined.
The experience was a lot different from what I have tried before. I now understand that I must be more active, have a schedule, get more sleep. I have come to understand a lot of what I had heard & read about my body. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to know how I lost my weight and how changing my lifestyle was defining solution.
Exercise and diet are not all you need to lose weight. Our bodies need a structured routine. You must be ready to give up some of your bad habits and start new ones. This program is a life change and if you are not ready to make a change in your life to better your life than this program is not for you.