Met Lisa and Steve at C3 Fitness the gym I work at. They have a great story about how changing their food has changed their lives! The future is so bright for these two!
I'm not very big; 5’1” with very small bones, so extra weight has always made me look and feel pretty dumpy. That’s how I was feeling in December when I finally had enough. I had watched a couple of teacher friends work hard the last year get in shape. They looked great and had so much energy. I decided I wanted in on that. I had been successful in the past losing weight when running was a part of my program, so one of the teachers and I committed to running a 5k each month in 2016. I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and was ready to begin. At the same time, my church had a sermon series to start the new year. It was called the Double Dog Dare. Basically, the pastor challenged us to figure out what our big issue was early in the year, while people were thinking about resolutions, and just finally deal with it. The topics included marriage, family, finances, and fitness. My husband, who had been packing on the extra weight over the last decade or so, and I looked at each other and said, “let’s do this.” The church scheduled a 5k four months out, and my husband and I committed to completing it together.
I had gotten a fitbit as part of a wellness promotion for my insurance company the summer before, so I had a pretty good idea of how much I was moving. My husband got one in January—his include the heart rate feature. He became a man obsessed! Finally, he was motivated by that piece of plastic and electronics—far more than my years of nagging had ever motivated him! He entered every item he ate in the fitbit app. If he didn’t hit his step goal, walked the house until he did. He was motivated by the math/science involved. He could see the calories in vs. calories burned and he began seeing results. This was because we changed our food.
My husband and I both really like food. Specifically, we like carbs. We love pasta, crackers, popcorn, bread, beer…all the evil items that are keeping us larger than we want. When we took the “Double Dog Dare,” we cast all of those from our kitchen. Instead, we ate healthy foods. Dinner became meat and veggies with a salad. We thought about food constantly. “What are we going to cook for dinner? What’s on hand for lunch? Breakfast?” We were eating better than we ever had before and enjoying it more. A typical day looks like this: Breakfast: cheese omelet. Lunch: grilled chicken, cheese, fruit. Dinner: steak, sautéed spinach, tossed salad. If we needed as snack, we grabbed cheese or fruit.
The weight just started to melt off. My husband joined a gym in February and works out 4-5 days a week. I run 3-4 days a week and take a spin class at my gym. The original motivation for my husband to lose the weight was to fit into a tux for an event in March. Unfortunately, by March the tux was entirely too big for him and he ended wearing a suit from the way back part of his closet. By the time the Double Dog Dare 5k rolled around, we were down 70 pounds: 50 for my husband and 20 for me.
Success comes from sticking with the program. Is there an occasional lapse? Yes. My husband took a trip and for 3 days ate pretty much whatever he wanted. It took two weeks to lose the weight from that trip. I did a similar thing on a girls’ trip to the beach in April…but that was a choice. I knew I’d gain and I did, but I worked hard to get the weight back off. We have a beach trip coming up in July and we are planning to eat some things that are not on our plan, but at the same time, we rented a place with a fitness center. You have to know your limits and if you cannot lapse and then get back on the plan, you have to choose not to lapse. We love how we look and feel now that there is so much less of us. The support Jess has provided through the years has been a blessing to me. I hope our story encourages someone else to go for it. I double dog dare you!