I have been there…..
That’s me sitting with Ronald McDonald, recognize the yellow hand (Lol)
For as long as I can remember I have always been overweight, except in my culture (being Puerto Rican) it was considered being pleasantly plump or healthy looking. To be completely honest, I didn’t like being referred to as either. After the birth of my son, I went from weighing 168 to 186 and stood there for several years. It wasn’t till I had quit smoking and gained 50 pounds that I decided to make some changes.
My initial goal was to lose 67 lbs. I wanted to go back to my original weight of 168.
1) I had to figure out how much I was eating so I wrote everything down in my notebook. I ate so much and so badly that even I was astonished. Holy s#!@!
2) I started eliminating fried, fatty food and started measuring everything that I ate. I measured everything by the serving size listed on the food product. For instance Kellogg Rice Krispies is 1 1/3 cup serving not a bowl full. I lost 17 pounds the first month (January)
3). On Valentine’s Day, I bought myself a treadmill and began walking for an hour everyday. I would workout in the morning.
4). In April I joined a gym over at 104th and Broadway and would go to a step class in the evening. By then I was completely hooked on exercising, endorphins and all. Full disclosure: I worked out twice a day
5). By May I was weighing my goal weight of 168 but kept on going. I never reached a plateau because on some days I would workout for 3 hours.
6). By September I was weighing 138 pounds which didn’t look good on me. I have a big head but it looked ginormous on my skinny little body.
I went a little bit overboard but then I started studying everything I could about dieting, weight loss and exercise. I’m 5’7 with a large frame and I wasn’t happy weighing 138 (big head and all) so I increased my eating, my weight training, cut down on the cardio and went up to a respectable 160. I looked and felt great; my confidence shot up; my self esteem went through the roof.
Fitness changed my life and it will change yours. I love what I do. I love helping people, especially those that have tried and failed, find their true selves.
My education is extensive:
1). Pre and post natal.
2). Kettlebell Instructor
3). Functional Movement Screening with Dr. Gray Cook.
4). Courses on posture, Resist-a-ball, Training Senior Citizens, Youth Training
5). Life Coaching
6). ISCA Kickboxing even dabbled with MMA
7). Post Rehab
8). Reactive Neuromuscular training
That was only some of the things I have studied. Today, I continue to study and learn new things for you, for my clien