We've been fortunate enough to serve several thousand people at our Downsize Fitness locations. Here are just some of their amazing weight loss transformations.
Jen credits three main factors in her fight to drop the lbs. Her first method of attack was to keep a food journal. By writing down everything she ate, Jen became aware of what she needed to change, such as what she was putting into her body and when. Nix those nighttime snacks and be sure to applaud yourself when you reach for fruits and veggies instead of that bag of potato chips. Jen says the key is to write down every little bite. Nibble on a brownie in the office? Write it down. If you ate a salad for lunch, get specific. Include things like how much dressing you used and what toppings you added.
Jack O'Donnell recently made it to his goal weight of 175 pounds. It hasn't been easy but Jack knew he had no choice. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990, requiring insulin and medication but at the time, even that wasn't enough to spur him into action. Finally, when doctors raised his insulin dosage and started putting him on other medications to combat the side effects of diabetes and obesity, Jack decided to take charge of his health and turn things around.
"The path that led me to Downsize was littered with late night drinking, ordering extra cheese on everything, and dreadful sleep habits. When I realized that my food choices had no thought behind them and I hated seeing pictures of myself I decided to take control. I have tried crazy fad diets and weird earthy cleanses with little success so I knew it was time to do it right and for good!
"Before I joined Downsize Fitness my back hurt when I tried to walk anywhere, my energy level was non-existent, and I was always tired. I never thought I would be able to lose 50 pounds in 12 weeks the old fashioned way–by eating properly and exercise! My first attempt at completing a 1 mile walk/run was done in 22 minutes and now I can run 1 mile in 12 minutes. My back doesn't hurt anymore, I have energy to spare, and I feel good about myself.
After life knocked me down and kicked me when I was down, I really let myself go. I graduated from culinary school and if a recipe asked for something unhealthy, I added it with no hesitation. I would cook all the wrong foods and even drink a two liter of soda a day. Spending most of my time hiding behind video games, I became very closed off from the world. My family repeatedly tried to help me become healthy, but I never attempted to go on any diets.
I've struggled with my weight and have been big my entire life. When I was 12 years old I weighed 260 pounds, that's crazy for a 12 year old, but then I found basketball and during my teenage years I found that I was quite the athlete. After college I really began to struggle and life got the best of me, I focused on my career and family and lived a really unhealthy lifestyle, and the sad part was I was so unaware of it at that point.
I was an overweight kid, and by the time I started college, it had gotten out of hand. Physical activity was something I dreaded having to do. I would make all kinds of excuses because I was afraid of looking silly or being dead weight. Even later when I would decide to make an effort to get healthier, I would only keep with a program for a week or two and then give up. I was convinced that nothing would change, so there was no point in trying.
My weight has always been an issue for me. In elementary school I remember feeling physically sick when it was the time of the year when the gym teacher would haul out the scale and weigh the students right in front of everyone. I hated that man and those that know me, know I'm not a hater. In high school I tried to lose weight by eating nothing more than one granola bar and water all day. By the time was I married and had children I had tried numerous weight loss programs only to gain back everything I lost and then some. And joining a gym not only brought back my childhood anxiety, the looks from the other members where degrading.