When it comes to losing weight, that’s something almost every person wants to do, regardless of what they look like. However, it is a difficult process that takes determination and motivation. We always set our weight-losing goals and try to accomplish them, but most of us fall back into unhealthy eating habits. Tricia is one of those people, who wasn’t happy with the way she looked and had troubles slimming down. So, she made a life-changing decision to become healthier than ever. One day, she found an online community that changed everything. Soon after Tricia lost 90 pounds and now she is stronger, healthier and happier than ever. She even plans to do a triathlon next year. How amazing is that?
She told her story to PopSugar and when asked what inspired her to start the weight-loss journey. This is what Tricia had to say:
” In December 2015, I was feeling stuck. I hated how my clothes felt on me, hated every photo I took. I hated that I always had to pray that stores carried my size. On top of all of that, I felt like my boyfriend and I were just barely able to get by financially. I still vividly remember going out for pizza (and paying $50 each time) twice in one week because we didn’t have any better plans for dinner.
During the holidays, I started to look online for a healthy eating program. Somehow, I stumbled upon Fit Girls Guide. With the promise of a healthy eating plan plus an exercise tutorial, I thought that this would be a great way to restart our systems. What I didn’t realize was that this program is not a “program” at all. It’s a guide to living a healthy lifestyle, both inside and out. It’s a mindset that takes out the body negativity and teaches you how to love yourself at every weight and every phase of your life.”
Tricia used to weigh 223 pounds, but only after 28 days, she lost 10 pounds.”In the third month, I lost eight pounds. Each month I was astounded by how my face, arms, and legs were changing. In total, I fluctuate between 85 and 90 pounds lost.” she said.
When it comes to how she succeeded in losing the weight Tricia explained:”I followed the Fit Girls Guide Jumpstart program for approximately five to six months, before shifting over to the Fit Girls Guide Fitkini program for another six to eight months. I have also done the Fit Girls Guide three-month Bootcamp program. I’m now back to Fitkini because I love the workouts.The exercises are circuit-based, although you can incorporate weights into some of the exercises and “extra credit” workouts. What I’ve always appreciated is that I can fit in an intensely challenging, sweaty, and heart-pounding workout within 45 minutes at the gym — and I never have to jump on a treadmill or cardio machine, which I generally find very boring.”
As for the benefits of losing the weight, she enthusiastically said: “There are too many to count! I love all of the photos I take, I walk the three miles to my work every day, I no longer have early onset arthritis in my knees, and I was able to save for my wedding using the money I would have spent on going out to eat. I’ve also gone down from a size 16 or 18 to a size 2 or 4. My now-husband and I have also picked up some adventurous new habits, like hiking, biking, 5K races, and next Summer, a triathlon!”
Everyone knows that motivation is a very important factor when it comes to working out. When asked how she manages to stay motivated Tricia said: “On days when I don’t feel particularly motivated to go to the gym, the Fit Girls Community is a great way to keep you accountable and support you no matter what. Fit Girls Guide does not demand perfection, and I try not to demand that of myself either”
As for her diet she tires to include as many vegetables as possible, and to be careful with her calories intake. She said “Breakfast is most likely overnight “fridge oats” that consist of almond milk, oats, yogurt, fruit, and a little bit of peanut butter and honey. Lunch almost always involves a handful of kale, roasted vegetables, beans, hummus, some sort of protein like a veggie burger, plus a whole grain, like brown rice, faro, or quinoa.
In total, lunch will be approximately 400 calories. In order to feel full and stay around 400 calories, dinners tend to be high in vegetables, beans, and other proteins — and low in things like bread and pasta. Favorites recently have included roasted zucchinis stuffed with veggies, kale, and feta, with a side of brown rice and beans. Also, our version of shakshouka involves eggs baked in a spiced tomato and red pepper sauce with fresh herbs.I will have between 150 and 250 calories of snacks before bed, usually in the form of dark chocolate (70 percent or higher), dried dates, or some almonds or cashews. We also really like Halo Top ice cream.”
For all the people who made the decision to lose weight Tricia has the following advice -” Don’t go into anything with an “all or nothing” mentality. There will be good days and bad days. Forgive yourself, be kind to yourself, celebrate every bit of progress, drink lots of water, and sleep. We never get enough sleep and it makes everything easier.”
She also thanked the Fit Girls Guide. -” Thanks to Fit Girls Guide, I’ve learned how to eat well, exercise effectively, and love myself in a healthy, sustainable way. I may have bad days, but my resolve will not change — I’ve found a lifestyle that works and now the only way to go is forward.”