My weight loss journey...
During a difficult time in my life, I turned to food for comfort. I was eating very unhealthy meals three times a day and snacked often on tasty cakes and sour cream and onion potato chips. My weight was spiraling out of control.
In December 2010, I weighed 206 and wore a size 16. This was the heaviest I have been in my life. I felt horrible and hated looking at myself in the mirror. So on top of being depressed and super stressed, I was fat!!! I know I needed to do something....I needed help.
I called Gail Williams of Simply Fitness. I worked with Gail in 2005-2006 to help me lose weight and get fit for my wedding. I was very happy with the results. I knew Gail would be the one to put me back on track.
Before my first session with Gail in January, we spoke at length of my goals and what I wanted to accomplish from working with her. I wanted to increase my fitness level, get to my personal idea weight of 150 but most importantly I wanted to be healthy again. It seemed impossible but I was determined to change. After getting the measurements and other things out of the way, we got started.
I was very surprised of my fitness level, it sucked!!! I was so out out shape. Gail did not give me a break, she poured it on. I hated her for that hour but I could not wait for the next workout.
As the weeks wore on my body started to change. The weight was coming off!!! After a month, I was down 15 pounds. I changed my diet and began to do lots of cardio during the week. Gail's workouts became super intense as well. Gail pushed me beyond what I thought I could do, while being very encouraging.
In the past, I relied solely on my workouts with Gail. Now I know that it takes more than that. Gail will tell you that you must put in the work. I am doing just that. I do about 5-6 hours of cardio a week, along with some strength training and working with Gail. Most importantly, I watch what I eat, and it is paying off.
Since January 5, 2011, I lost 19.75 inches overall, dropped over 9 percent body fat, and I am down over 30 pounds. Now I am wearing a comfortable size 12 at the end of May 2011.
I am better then half way through my journey and I am pleased with my progress. I am even considering dropping my previous goal of 150 to 140, because I have the confidence I can do it and I have Gail. People are making positive comments ( even my son's elderly school bus driver) on my weight loss and it feels great. But most of all, I am feeling better about myself.
– Nichelle, Philadelphia, PA