Friday, December 13, 2013

The Weight Loss Journey of Paris

Paris 

Why is fitness or being fit important to you?
There’s no better feeling than being healthy from the inside out. Fitness is very important to me because of all the positive benefits it has on your physical, mental and spiritual health. The physical benefits are obvious, I want to look good and feel good about my body-with and without clothes on. But I also want to be mentally healthy and genuinely happy about my life as well as live a long, meaningful life. Being that I have young children, I need energy. Before I incorporated exercise and clean eating in my life, I had no energy. I was always tired. I never had the energy to do play with my kids, never wanted to get up and go to work, etc. And what type of life is that???

What or whom is the source of your motivation?
My daughters are the source of my motivation. They give me life. They look up to me. Everything that I love and do, they want to do. To be honest, where I am from not many young African American girls are healthy. I want to be an example for my friends and family members. I want to be able to show them that it’s okay to workout and eat healthy. There’s nothing wrong with that. Fitness has changed my life in so many positive ways, I want to show everyone I know and people I do not know that it’s okay to embrace something that you are not used to and accept all the positive effects it has on your life.

(Also, young ladies my age who’ve had children always use the “I had a baby” excuse. I want to show my peers that having a baby is not an excuse. Yes, pregnancy definitely changes your body BUT there comes a time when you are not pregnant anymore and your little baby is now a toddler so the “baby weight” excuse is not an answer!!!!!)


Paris

What if anything has changed about your diet and/or eating habits?
Before I changed my diet, I ate out almost every day! I couldn’t go one day without having dessert. I used to eat a huge breakfast (my fave meal), stuff myself, and then I wouldn’t eat until later on that night. I would go out to eat and eat everything on my plate until I couldn’t move and go home and fall fast asleep. Now that I have taken the time and effort to learn how to eat, my entire diet has changed. I have always eaten breakfast but now I don’t stuff myself with pancakes eggs bacon grits etc, I eat a balanced healthy breakfast that gives me the energy to have a productive day. I eat 5-6 small meals every day. I do not eat fried foods anymore (and I used to love fried chicken!). I incorporate lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats in my meals. I’ve changed the way I cook my meals, for example I do not cook with seasoning salt or salt period! The most important factor: a food diary. I am able to track everything I have eaten. In the beginning of my fitness journey, I included my meals and how I was feeling at that time. This taught me the correlation with what I ate to how I was feeling. I learned if I felt bored I usually snacked on something sweet. So, my own personal goal for moments I felt bored was to do a few yoga poses which helped my sweet tooth subside.

How has that change contributed to your weight loss?
My fitness journey stated September 2011(My daughters were born July 2010). I weighed 250+ lbs. I hated how big I was so I decided to change the food I ate. I went to the local book store and bought Tara Stiles Yoga Book and practiced yoga about 2-3 times per week. Eating healthy helped me gain the energy I needed to exercise. By February 2012, I started seeing results, as well as everyone else around me. I loved it! The attention, my energy level and my positive mood gave me more motivation and initiative to work harder at reaching my goals. By June 2013, I was down to 152 lbs. I can admit it was not easy but well worth it. I ate clean EVERYDAY! I did not indulge in many cheat meals. I worked out at the gym after work EVERYDAY!  It took consistency and determination to lose the weight. Now, it’s time for me to turn it up a notch and take my goals to the next level.

Paris

What has been your greatest challenge or hurdle during your weight loss journey?
My greatest challenge during my fitness journey (that is still challenging) would have to be my support system. No one had faith in my goals. My family and friends did not support me at all. Everyone thought I just wanted to be skinny. No one took in consideration that I just wanted to be fit and healthy. I guess the problem came in when I would turn down outings to restaurants and I would go to family events and skip the fried chicken, the greens and cornbread. Everyone thought I was crazy! But now that I have reached my goals, my family and friends respect the process I went through and acknowledge how far I have come. Having a strong support system is very important.

Do you have any advice for others trying to lose weight?
Eat clean, train mean! You don’t know what to eat? Look up recipes!!!! You don’t know what exercises to do? Research exercises and workouts. This will all sound repetitive but I was given the same advice and it worked. Nutrition 80%, Exercise 20%. Focus on your goals. Don’t let anyone tell you YOU can’t do it. It will hurt, you won’t feel like getting up and meal prepping or going to the gym but your results will be amazing! Do something every single day, even if it’s for 15 minutes. Something is better than nothing. Work hard!!!!!!!!!!

2 comments:

  1. Where did you get the pasta?

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  2. I purchased them from the commissary. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store. You can also go to their website to see what retailers in your area carry them. http://www.pastaprima.com.

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LaChristin

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