We asked Tracey 5 questions to find out how she is kickin' weight loss in the butt. Here is what she has shared with us:
Q. What do you think caused/made you allow yourself to gain an unwanted amount of weight?
A. I have struggled with my weight all my life, gaining and losing definitely on the yo-yo dieting cycle. After having my 2 children my weight had ballooned up to over 220lbs. To date over the past 8 years I have lost over 65 pounds...I honestly try to stay off the scale and haven't weighed myself for quite sometime...I choose to use how I feel...how my clothes feel and how I look. I find I get obsessed with the numbers if I use the scale...so I do what works for me.
Q. What made you decide to change your life?
A. People ask me all the time.."what clicked for you" ...I don't have an easy answer. I was a stay at home mom when I reached my heaviest weight...pretty much staying in as much as possible. One day i had enough of wasting my life hiding...so I joined my first gym...it was a woman's only so I felt comfortable giving it a try. That first terrifying step in on my first day was one of the hardest things I'd ever done, but also the step I am ever so grateful for taking. The gym had babysitting so it became our daily routine...Monday to Friday my daughter and I would drop off my son at school and we went straight to the gym. Something definitely clicked early on as I became hooked...the changes in my body and my spirit kept me coming back for more. Eight years later I am still hooked and the gym is a huge part of my life.
Q. How did you do it? (in as much or as little detail as you would like, explain exercise, nutrition, schedule alterations, accountability through social media etc.)
A. I changed my mental focus to a positive one. Began eating a balanced diet and spending as much time as possible in the gym. People Also ask how I stay so focused and determined and loving fitness. I think my trick is that I change up my routine as much as possible and always find ways to challenge myself. I love kickboxing...I have my level 2 certificate ...got my personal training certificate 4years ago...have taught kettlebell and kickboxing classes. I have recently trained to become an rpm instructor at Goodlife. I am teaching every week love the rush of being on stage. That was the second scariest thing I've ever done and again so happy I did.
Q. What advice would you give to those who cannot find the determination/perseverance to achieve successful results like yours?
A. First piece of advice I can give is...just start!!! Fitness helps me to deal with the regular stresses of life and makes me happy...does it hurt sometimes...oh ya...but that means your body is changing. I've become a role model for my kids, my daughter loves taking boxing classes and can't wait to join the gym with me when she's old enough...my son is already and member at my gym.
Another piece of advice...pick something you love and find fun or you won't stick with it, try everything till you find your passion...mine was kickboxing and now has become spinning but still love putting on the gloves when I can.
The most important piece of advice...
Do something everyday that scares you!!! Most people say they are too afraid to start...they are afraid to fail...afraid to do it on their own...you just have to take a deep breath and JUMP IN!!! You will ever regret trying it! You will always regret the feeling of what if I had????
Q. There are so many benefits to being a healthy weight, what is your favourite?
A. The most amazing Benefits of a healthy lifestyle for me is feeling comfortable in my own skin, being a positive healthy role model for my kids, and having the drive to continue to push forward. I still have lofty goals and love the challenge of getting there.
Tracey congratulations on finding confidence and happiness. She used to hide her "before" picture, but has realized being proud of her accomplishments is far more rewarding than hiding the truth that she is, in my eyes... a true inspiration.