I love sharing stories such as these. Andrea is an amazing client that was determined to get shit done. Even though 2020 has had many challenges, she accomplished what she had set out to do.
Andrea and I discussed on numerous occasions whether or not now was the right time to be dieting…
Well, the pictures speak to her dedication. Here is her story.
“I did not wake up like this. I changed my lifestyle for this. I changed my eating habits for this. I wake up early for this. I cried for this. I put in the work for this.
Three years ago I decided I wanted to do a photoshoot for my 40th birthday. I knew if I wanted to do this that it would take time, dedication and some serious change in some of my habits. At first, I started off working out 2-3 times a week. I gradually noticed that changes were happening. Over the course of the next 2 years, I increased my workouts to 4-5 times a week. This included weight training and running.
In January 2020 I knew I really needed to focus on a lot more than just fitness and needed to dial in on my nutrition to really get the results I wanted. I found an amazing coach to work with. She understood my goal and the importance of it. We started to work together to get the results I wanted for a November photoshoot.
Obviously, 2020 hasn’t been a walk in the park for anyone. When things shut down in March I was almost ready to give up. I knew I would need a gym to get the results I was looking for. Coach B talked me through things. We figured out what I could do at home for weight training and this is when we really dialed in the habit and behaviors of my nutrition and started focusing on my eating habits. What a change!! I was determined not to ‘gain the Covid 19’ but even better by the end of July I had ‘lost the Covid 19’. I was feeling great. Getting back to the gym, running, working out in my garage, things were progressing well.
When my mom passed away in August I was crushed! I didn’t even know what to do. How does one function without their mom? How does your life keep going? I had one of two choices, forget all the hard work I had done, postpone the photoshoot and fall into a bucket of ice cream every night and forget everything I had worked so hard for over the last 2.5 years or focus on what was important to me. Focus on the reason why I was doing the photoshoot, focus on all the new habits I had formed. After many conversations and texts with Coach B, I was now more than ever determined to do this. I knew the ‘hard’ part was yet to come.
Over the next few months, it was time to get serious. I had a plan and a coach that worked with what I needed. Grief is hard AF, but I am so happy I had my fitness and nutrition to focus on. It was the one constant and thing I could control in my life. As calories went down, workouts became more intense and became more frequent, 6 days a week, with a focus on lifting weights, hitting 15,000 steps a day and an occasional 20 AMRAP. At this time my grief was catching up to me. There were so many times I was ready to give up, was it worth it? But I kept reminding myself of why I was doing it.
The last two months were not easy but Coach B kept reminding me this is temporary! My end goal was so close. I am so glad I stuck with it. When walking into my photoshoots (yes I did 2 because why not?), I felt AMAZING. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would get to where I am. Getting the pictures back I just couldn’t believe that was me. When you see yourself every day you don’t notice the changes and progress as much but when you see it through a different lens I was shocked. I am so proud of the work I have done and it really was worth it.
What’s next? I am still determined to keep up my fitness levels and maintain the new and healthy habits I have formed. The first step is the reverse diet. This is a gradual increase of calories to get back to a maintenance level. Even though I had a flexible approach to my nutrition [as I was macro tracking the entire time] poverty macros don’t always mean you get to eat ice cream. I am looking forward to enjoying ice cream, a donut or a meal out every once and awhile in my near future. For those who wonder how I did it, please know that results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient.
Motivation is what got me started, but the new habits I have developed are what keeps me going.” – Andrea M.