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Name: Kelly Sand
City, State: Bellevue, NE
Starting Weight: 255
Current Weight: 182
Goal Weight: 155
Tell me when your weight struggles began. Were you heavy as a child or was it an issue that developed later in life?
I have been heavy since I was in middle school. I remember that my twin sister and I had to start wearing different sizes because she was smaller than me. All the other girls were wearing jeans and I wanted to wear stretch pants because they were more comfortable. I wore my first pair of jeans in 8th grade and they were already a size 13.
What do you believe caused you to gain weight?
I don’t think I ever really got a handle on my portions. I don’t think I stopped eating when I felt full. It wasn’t anything emotional; it just was there so I ate it, and more than I probably should have. I was slightly depressed after I got married because I had moved away from home to a different city for the first time and had started a new job. I was sleeping a lot and not working out. I would only get up on the weekends to eat and then go back to bed.
What prompted your desire to change?
I don’t believe I really got serious about it until five years ago after looking at photos from Christmas. I could have sworn I was sucking it in; however, the pictures were to prove that there was no sucking it in. It was there and I was slowly climbing to my highest weight of 255.
How did you lose the weight?
In January 2009, I ordered an elliptical machine off of Walmart.com and set to work in our basement. I spent time preparing my meals to take to work and 20 pounds came off within a matter of months. We had also moved into a house and had a new dog that loved to go on walks outside. Not surprisingly, it only took that winter for me to gain 10 pounds back. January 2010, I began to do Jillian Michaels videos in our living room and get back to eating right. I had a friend at work who was a student and instructor at Farrell’s eXtreme BodyShaping in the area and she kept encouraging me to try their 10-week program. I decided to give it a try starting with the September 2011 session. I really enjoyed the mix of kickboxing, resistance training, and nutrition the program provided. I lost weight, toned muscles, and met wonderful people who I call my FXB family.
I continued on as a FIT student. In April 2013, I started to feel at a crossroads. Weight stopped coming off although I was generally following FXB nutrition and I did not miss a workout (six days a week). Several friends at the gym had worked with a nutrition partner, Max Muscle, to develop more personalized meal plans. I had been hesitant to work with Matt at Max Muscle because I knew the more structured plan would force me to confront my remaining unhealthy habits. I loved FXB’s Fun Day and probably overdid it. I still enjoy a weekly treat, but have learned that healthy nutrition is not about depriving myself. It is about putting the best possible food in my body and using it as fuel. I have also started to jog (or somedays wog! Walk/jog) and that has helped me when I’ve hit a wall.
What diet and exercise methods did you employ?
I work out at FXB Bellevue Monday through Saturday for 45 minutes. I eat six times a day. The first five are portioned meals throughout the day and I have a protein shake before I go to bed. I usually have one treat item a week along with my Diet Coke.
Did you have any “ah ha” moments along the way that really made a difference in your transformation? If so, what were they?
I think the biggest moments happen when people start to notice a change in you and let you know. It is always hardest to see it in ourselves. I have had moments in the dressing room when I dropped sizes that I jumped up and down! I’ve had workouts where I’ve pushed myself so much I was almost in tears it felt so good to know that I could do it.
Biggest struggle in your journey?
My biggest struggle was developing healthy eating habits. It took me a year to make the decision to try the more structured, personalized, meal plan and it has been the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I was going overboard on my free days and ruining the progress I had made during the week. I needed to turn that around.
Going down in sizes in pants/tops. Nothing feels better than pulling up a pair of pants in a size you never thought you would wear. It isn’t about the number so much as it is about the feeling. I can also run a mile without stopping. People have also let me know that I inspire them. I would have never thought that was possible. All I’m doing is working my hardest and trying to build a better me. That has been very rewarding to hear people say they did it because I was doing it.
The ultimate goal is to get to a point where I can switch to maintenance mode. It has been a lifestyle change for me and I can’t go back to eating the way I was before. It just isn’t possible to maintain the new me by reverting back to old habits. I am working to get my body fat to 25%, which started at 43% and is currently at 28%.
Advice you’d give to other people struggling to lose weight?
I love the quotes, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” And “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”
No matter how hard you may think it is, it will be worth it, because you are worth it! Surround yourself with a support system that is able to get on board with your new lifestyle change and support you. That is why I have truly succeeded. Life begins outside your comfort zone . . . go explore it!
Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
Posted on 05/15/2014, in Franchise News & Events, Nutrition & Recipes and tagged 10-Week Challenge, bellevue, Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping, fitness, FXB, meal planning, Muscle Max, nebraska, nutrition, transformation, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.