“After the birth of my second child, three years ago, I wanted to return to my previous weight. I began exercising but after several months of hard work I was disappointed in my results. I figured there was something I missing, so I tried a different approach.
I decided that if I wanted to be successful I would have to create a vision of the person I wanted to become, both inside and out. I realized what I wanted was a total lifestyle change. I set weight and body shape targets for myself and developed a diet I could follow. I also set the goal of becoming a non-smoker.
I wanted my exercise to be fun, so I joined a ladies slow-pitch team and combined that with regular workouts at the gym. My eating plan included foods I wanted to eat combined with foods that nourished my body. I measured and decreased my portion sizes as well. I quit smoking seven months ago.
My results have been great! I definitely have more energy. I can run the bases without hyperventilating and my muscle tone is improving each week. I am very quickly becoming the person that I envisioned stronger, healthier and happier.
I have learned that the motivation for change must come from you. Only you know what you truly want. However, figuring out what you want is the easy part, you must also stick to your plan in order to see results. Making exercise an enjoyable experience will help you maintain your vision. Positive and determined attitudes are also helpful allies on the road to success.”
Sharleen Collins, 30, School Bus Driver/Daycare Worker