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224 Pounds to Figure Competitor

224 Pounds to Figure Competitor


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In 2007 when I weighed 224 pounds, I didnít even know what clean eating was. At the age of 27, I was at the heaviest and unhappiest point in my life. The turning point came when I looked in the mirror while I was trying on a size 16 and the clothes would not fit! Something hit me, and from that point on, I decided to make a major change in my lifestyle.

Now, I ensure that I incorporate healthy eating and exercise in my daily routine. I have a very demanding job and there are days when my schedule is unpredictable. I plan ahead to overcome any unforeseen schedule changes. This is not about a quick fix; it is a way of life for me. I create healthier, clean versions of my favorite recipes for myself and for the ones I love. Every Sunday, I prepare my food for the week. I carry my food with me at all times because I have learned the hard way that if you are not prepared, you can easily fall off the clean eating wagon. I think that the most important thing to remember is to TAKE TIME to do what you need to do to have clean meals ready. So what if you spend 2 or 3 hours on ONE day out of the week cooking. It saves you so much time in the long run! I make time!

On Saturday, I go online and research all the weekly grocery store ads. I find out which ones have clean foods on sale and prepare to shop for certain items at these stores on Sunday. I prepare my food list prior to going to the store. On Sunday, I wake up and go to the gym. Afterwards, I eat my breakfast and I go STRAIGHT to the grocery store. By going early on Sunday morning, I avoid the weekend crowd and get in and out pretty quickly. I have the list of food that I need for the week and stick to my list. Eating before going to the store helps me to not pick up junk food along the way or be tempted by the bakery!

I also train my body on a regular basis. In fact, I am training for my first figure competition which will take place on March 24th, 2012. I am competing in the open figure class of the INBF Iron Eagle Show in Savannah, GA. I get up at 3:45 a.m. during the week and head to the gym every day, whether it is for cardio, or lifting, I get up! If I wait until after work, there is a greater chance that I will not train. I do two cardio sessions during the week and two days out of the week, I have three workout sessions. I have to plan my schedule very carefully, so I take 30 minutes out of my lunch time to do my second cardio session at the gym or outside at my job. This keeps me from having to do a late-night cardio session and allows me to spend more time with my family which can be a challenge when you are training for a competition. My lunch bag is always by my side at work so I can eat all my mealsÖno microwave necessary! Sometimes, I have to just eat at my desk or in the car on the way to and/or from the gym. Each night or early in the morning, I pack my lunch bag for the ENTIRE day. Even if I think that I might be home in time for dinner, I still pack my dinner just in case. I eat every 3-4 hours and canít afford to miss a meal. At night, I get my clothes ready for the next day and log-my food on for the next day so I know what to pack. I also find time to write in my blog and update my Facebook Page: "Sisters in Strength" Helping others keeps me mentally motivated to keep going when the journey gets tough. When I take the time to do these few tasks, I am already armed with clean food and never have excuses to miss a workout or a meal!

Author: Vivian Bynoe

Member Comments

That's awesome Vivian!!! Good luck at your've already won! :)

Thank you so much for the encouragement!!

Congratulations Vivian! You encourage us all.

Thanks Vivian! I am taking notes! :)

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