In this new series, I ask my clients to answer 5 questions about their weight loss journey so they can reflect on how they've changed and provide helpful tips for others.
1) Introduce Yourself
My name is Deanna. I'm 24 years old, and I've been overweight for most of my life. I've tried to lose weight before, but could never commit to anything or make it last long enough to have an effect. As a bit of a new year's resolution, I decided to make 2017 a year for myself. A year for feeling good and looking good. With how things have gone in the past, I knew I wouldn't stick to something I did on my own. So I looked into personal training.
2) What made you decide to make a change? Was there a turning point or sudden realization?
There wasn't a specific 'moment' where I had a realization. Any time I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt a bit disappointed. I didn't even consider trying on clothes that I liked because I knew I wouldn't like how they looked.
The start of a new year gave me the motivation to try and make changes. I want to be proud of how I look, and I want to be healthier.
3) What has been the most challenging?
The most challenging thing for me was changing my diet. I was surprised how easy it seemed for me to fit exercise into my schedule, but trying to completely overhaul the way you've eaten your whole life is a lot harder. That's something I'm still working on.
4) What was your goal when you started and how much have you accomplished so far?
My goal was to lose about 30 lbs and to reach a healthy weight. With Simone's help, I've lost about 9 lbs in 12 sessions. I've also lost about an inch from my waist, hips, and biceps. My BMI and body fat percentage also went down slightly.
5) What advice/tips can you give to others on their weight loss journey?
My advice for anyone who is on their own weight loss journey is to give yourself the chance to do great things. Everyone is capable of reaching their goals. It won't be easy, and it will take a lot of time and effort, but it's all possible if you give yourself time. Simone helps to make it feel just a little bit easier. I would highly recommend her services.
Thank you so much Deanna for sharing your journey with us. You have accomplished so much both physically and mentally. Although she no longer trains with me, she is currently taking kick boxing classes at her local community centre, and still creating beautiful art work (check her out on instagram @deannalennox). Keep up the awesome work Deanna!