Happy New Year From Pam

Submitted by: Jackie Brand

Pam's Success Story

I have been a Yo Yo dieter all my adult life and always found it easy to lose weight when I put my mind to it, that was until 2 years ago.
Dieting and exercise was no longer easy, although I was determined, my results were disappointingly slow. In 12 months I shed 12 pounds, but at this rate it would take me four years to reach my goal. My determination was fading, I needed help.
In June 2009 I joined a Club. Upon joining it was recommended that I meet with a trainer to get started. After 3 months of doing it on my own I had lost 7 pounds and was starting to lose my motivation so I decided to try a personal trainer to get the most out of my work-outs.
This is when I met Jackie Brand a personal trainer and got serious. She introduced me to weight training. Instead of 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week, I was now working out with weights for 1 hour, 3 times a week and cardio on my off days. Although I only met with Jackie one day a week, she was in my head encouraging me that "Fitness is a Life Style".
My relationship with food began to change too. I always ate only low calorie foods when I was trying to lose weight. The problem was when I reached my goal and started adding new foods into my diet the weight would sneak back on. I adopted an 80/20 philosophy towards food. 80% of the time I eat well balanced, healthy meals, the other 20% is for enjoying foods that may be less nutritious, but still healthy for me when eaten in moderation. I never feel deprived and know that I am in control of what I eat, not the other way around.
I have been at my goal weight for 5 months, losing over 15% in body fat, and now realize that fitness is much more than a number on the scale. My goal for the New Year is to maintain balance in all areas of my life: work, exercise, food and relaxation, all must work in harmony to be truly fit.
Have a Healthy and Fit New Year, Pam

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