In April 2012, I went for a physical and the doctor told me I was borderline diabetic. He stated if I didn't lose weight and start working out, I would be giving myself insulin shots for the rest of my life. In my early 30's that scared the heck out of me. I then began to learn about portion control, calorie counting, sugar intake etc. and made a conscious decision to focus on my diet. I began to eat 5 small meals a day which included a lot of fresh fruits, and veggies and lean meats for dinner. Previously I only ate once a day but ate a very large meal. Instantly by changing my diet I began to shed the weight week after week. When I hit my first 20 pounds lost I joined a women's only gym to tone up the weight that I had lost. I felt comfortable there because it was all women. When I got to about 40-50 pounds lost I realized that I needed a more intense gym schedule/routine to keep it fresh for me so I started taking a lot of boxing and Bootcamp classes. When I got to about 75 pounds lost i hit a plateau and was stuck at this number for awhile. I was so close to my goal and didn't want to give up. I realized that my routine was getting boring for me and I was having one too many cheat meals during the week.
I then found HHTC and decided to give it a shot to spice things up. I love the bootcamp and it's an intense 1 hour workout that keeps me motivated throughout the week. Since I've added HHTC I've lost another 19 lbs since the beginning of the year. This has been a huge lifestyle change for me and came from me personally committing to myself to stay focused. I try to eat clean and train dirty. I plan out my food for the week in advance. I usually go to farmers market on Sunday's and make a salad that I can eat for the week.
Breakfast usually consists of small bowl of cereal or oatmeal, fruit and yogurt.
Mid morning I have a granola bar.
Lunch consists of a salad with grilled chicken or tuna which I make myself on Sunday's and bring to work.
Late afternoon I usually have a protein shake or a piece of fruit.
Dinner consists of baked of grilled chicken with a side of veggies.
Sometimes I have a snack after dinner- popcorn usually.
I've learned how to make eating veggies and fruits fun and I'm always trying new recipes. And this is a story of a girl who ate fried everything! And drank Pepsi for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would say that diet is about 70% of the change and workout is 30%.
I'm still a work in progress but I'm getting there.
Looking back at old pics of myself, I just smile and say "Wow, I was a big man." I always felt healthy, but I knew I wasn't. Everyone around me ask "How did you do it?! What pills or what you smoking?!!?" lol, and the answer is NOTHING. You don't need a pill to get fat, so why would you need one to get loose weight ? You just need to eat healthy and workout 1 hour a day, that's ALL. Last but not least, DISCIPLINE is remembering what you want. So don't cheat or play dumb if you want results.. Live Strong 💪👊 HHTC!!!
I don't like to get hung up on the past, but it sure is a good place to look if you ever need motivation for getting to your future! Woke up this morning feeling great. Happy Friday! Remember that we are all works in progress. We will have good days, bad days. We will have ups and downs. But all of these experiences are part of our story and makes us what we are today. Stay positive and take things one day at a time! And again, big shout out to #HHTC and @hollywoodhino for helping me get this far.
“Who let me out of the house looking like that!?!” – that is my first thought when I look at my before picture. Everyone has a reason for starting their journey to becoming fit and healthy. Besides not wanting to be out of breath every time I bent down to tie my shoes, I just simply wanted to fit into my clothes. The thought of working out and eating healthy was daunting, especially for someone like myself, who loves to eat. I air on the side of living to eat, not eating to live. When I decided to become serious about a healthier lifestyle, I set small and attainable goals for myself. I added HHTC to my regimen and it has been unequivocally one of the best decisions I have made workout wise. The class is intense and challenges you to push past your comfort zone. Hino, the tireless leader, brings the best out of you, especially when you’re exhausted, kicking and screaming. He is relentless when it comes to striving for greatness. As grueling as class can be, people enthusiastically keep coming back. This is just a testament to Hino’s character, great training, and leadership skills. He simply brings something beyond the average, and that is what separates the good from the great. Since joining HHTC, I have become physically and mentally stronger. My overall strength, agility, and endurance have improved immensely. And not to mention in just 6 months, I have lost over 40lbs. These types of results make this lifestyle commitment easy.