#TransformationTuesday, and I have another amazing inspirational story for you.
I want you to meet Claudia.
Claudia is a Clinician at a shelter for refugee youth. She has always struggled with extra weight, and she started her weight loss journey in December 2013. She was able to lose 30 pounds on her own but then hit a plateau. Juggling work, life and trying to stay on top of her fat loss goals left her tired and confused on how to fit all of that in and still be able to enjoy life.
She came across Sexyfit last year, and decided that it was time to hire a professional to help her guide herself towards something she wanted so badly; she wanted to lose more fat, run a half-marathon and keep her results for life, rather than yo-yo dieting her entire life.
Together we were able to come up with a progressive plan that allows her to enjoy the foods she likes the most, while helping her drop fat very consistently. Her workout plan is built in a way so that she can work out either at the gym or at home depending on her work load. Having plans like that helped her achieve amazing results in just a few months.
Claudia finished her first Rock’n’Roll half-marathon just a week ago, checking that off of her to-do list for this year, and along with great fat loss progress, she is a fantastic example of someone who follows through with their goals. In her own words:“Throughout the race I had really positive thoughts and kept saying “keep going, you can do this.” Some negative thoughts made their way in as well, but as always, the positive trumped the negative…and I did. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself and I know I can reach any goal I set my mind to”.
Claudia proves that having guidance, support and accountability will help you reach any goal you set your mind to. It helps you become confident and fearless, and that is the foundation for success.
Name: Claudia Clark
Occupation: Clinician at a shelter for refugee youth
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
What made you decide to join Sexyfit? I decided to join sexy fit due to being sick and tired of being fat. I have been obese all my life and want to experience the best version I can be. Prior to sexy fit I began my journey and managed to lose 30 lbs then became stuck and I happened to come across Zlata and the Sexyfit SexyBack program and here I am.
What do you like most about Sexyfit approach to nutrition, fitness and accountability? Nutrition: I like the fact that it’s simple, there’s many many options and all you have to do is stick with your macros. I don’t starve and the meal prepping definitely helps me remain consistent.
Fitness: every phase is more challenging and fun! Definitely gets me out of my comfort zone and each phase I can see myself getting stronger and building muscle! I’ve learned to keep going when I feel like giving up, and it’s a commitment I am not willing to miss.
Accountability: you remain honest to yourself and the group! As difficult as it is to post that you’re 2-3 pounds heavier you learn from your “mistakes”. I’ve learned to take it day by day, live in the moment and always be present . I’ve also learned to trust the process and let go of what I know and do something different which is producing results.
In your journey, what are you most proud of? When I first started the process I stated I would run a half marathon by May 31st and I did!!!! I registered for the Rock’n’Roll marathon May 31st and completed it in 2:30!!!! This is huge for me, because I am not a runner, I dislike running, however it was a challenge I set for myself to get me out of my comfort zone.
I’ve also noticed how much stronger I am getting throughout my workouts and how much I can endure.
I’ve noticed many positive habits developing which is awesome, since every time I introduce a new healthy habit other healthy habits automatically follow. For example: I no longer have a TV in my room… Every night I quit using my phone by 9:30, sleep by 10 wake up at 5 am and head to the gym! I was never a morning person and now my body is up bright and early. The fact that I no longer have a TV in my room has improved my sleep and I am no longer an insomniac. Also since I go to the gym early in the am, I have enough time to cook and eat breakfast without rushing and make it early to my job which in the past I never had breakfast and was usually 1-2 minutes late.. I’ve made small changes which have improved my life significantly.
What are your words of wisdom to someone who is just starting their journey? You have to be OK with knowing that this will be a long
yet rewarding process. You might start strong and reach a point where you will want to give up, but don’t! You deserve to be the best version of yourself and she is waiting to come out.
Tips for starting out:
-What is your reason for wanting to embark in this journey?
-Throw out all the junk food you have in your fridge in cupboard and substitute with veggies/ meat/chicken/fish/Fruits
-Meal plan: create a meal plan for the week: choose a day you will shop for groceries… Make a list prior to shopping and cook for the rest of the week. Pack separately in containers. Avoid take- out food or eating out
-Journal: keep track of everything you eat and pay attention to how your body feels when eating foods to figure out what your body can and can’t handle. When journaling you can use my fitness pal or an app which tracks foods… You can also journal how your day went and how you felt throughout the day
-Do not weigh everyday. To keep track you can weigh once a week but it’s not necessary to weigh every day since weight fluctuates on a daily basis.
-Ask your loved ones for support and have a plan when assisting social gatherings: for example have snacks prior to the gathering
-Do not deprive yourself from eating certain foods or sweets… Make sure you follow your meal plan consistently throughout the day and have a slice of pie or chocolate: you will get to a point where you will no longer feel the need to indulge
-If you have a bad day don’t beat yourself up – it’s a part of the journey, it happens. Shake it off and continue on.. Remember your WHY and envision your best version of you and envision her every day until you are there.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“There are only two days in the year where nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other one is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live” Dalai Lama
A story like this isn’t only inspiring, it also shows how a woman can set goals and follow through with them. Do you have what it takes to transform your story? Ask me what approach would be best for you!