Super excited to share Cathy’s success story interview today! Cathy is one of my dearest friends! I have known her for about 16 years now!! Crazy that it has been that long!! Well, every now and then… I tell her I need a “Cathy-fix!!” And this is definitely one of those times… her words of encouragement always pull me out of the funk! And since I’ve been in a pretty big funk lately… I asked her to share some words of wisdom!! I loved every word that she shared and I hope you do too!!!
First Name/Age: Cathy, 29
Tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you better:
I’m a mother of two little ones – I have a three year old son and 15 month old daughter. They are busy little people! I work full time and commute 4 days a week, I’m married, have one dog, and live in the suburbs of Houston. I have been a runner since junior high and love to workout. It definitely goes through ups and downs as far as being a top priority or falling to the bottom of my list, but it’s always been in the background of my life.
Have you struggled with weight/body image issues throughout your life?
Not really. Maybe the opposite of most overweight people – I remember being so thin in high school my brother and his friends called me “bonethugs” – that made me a little self conscious. I got over it though. Gained the freshman 15 at some point in college and when I graduated I really wanted to get rid of the extra weight. I focused on making running a part of my daily life, eating a lot better, and having a better sleep schedule. Since then, I’ve never looked back!
Was there a significant event that triggered your changes?
The freshman 15, graduating college, and finally being in control of my own nutrition – that was my huge downfall (lack of nutrition!)
Did you have someone that inspired you to make changes?
Nah, just myself. I have always been pretty self disciplined. I’m human though and go through periods when I am really weak and eat a tub of icing (icing is my weakness!!!), or if I go too long between eating I’ll totally binge, or stuff myself, or have too many glasses of wine…
Did you incorporate a certain diet? Restrict calories? Or follow any certain plan?
No, I did not incorporate any particular diet. I have always liked to read fitness and health magazines, articles, books, etc, so I had a bunch of knowledge at my finger tips. Living in dorms, apartments, and a sorority house I just did not have access (or the college student budget), to eat how I wanted, when I wanted, what I wanted. My plan, once I was on my own, was to eat all my food from home, except maybe a date here or there during the week, and then one or two splurge meals or even a splurge day on the weekends. Over the years, my “splurges” have decreased. I know how to control my cravings now. I typically just give in to it on any given day, but I’m okay with wasting food now. I know, that goes against everything our mama’s taught us, lol! But, it works for me. I can taste something and move on and be over it. When I restrict things I crave them more, totally binge on it, and then feel guilty, gross, and dumpy afterwards.
Do you exercise? If so, what type of exercise do you enjoy? Did you work out with family or friends?
Yes. Running is my first love, but I am also enjoying the ARC machine at the gym, my physical therapy exercises (hip, glute, and core strengthening). I also enjoy Bikram yoga, pilates, and plain ‘ole walking. I typically workout solo but enjoy running with friends when I can.
(mile 26 of my first full marathon!!)
When did people first notice the changes?
Hmmm. I don’t know exactly. Probably prior to my wedding – when I was marathon training, taking Bikram yoga, etc. It was one of my tip-top in shape periods.
Did it take a while for your mind to adjust to the new you? Nah.
How did you measure your success throughout the process? How much weight did you lose and how long have you kept it off?
I measure my success by clothes. I hate scales. Hate them! I am such a weirdo, I like my clothes loose and baggy (most of the time), so this is how I measure the shape I’m in. It’s hard to say how much weight I lost since I never really knew what I was to begin with.
Do you feel like your confidence has improved? Yes. Definitely.
How did your family react? Were they supportive?
They are very supportive, although my husband will poke fun at my “obsessiveness” – ha ha.
What do you eat on an average day? What are some of your favorite foods that keep you on track?
I eat all day long. I eat often. Honestly, I eat something at least every 2 hours. For example, this was my yesterday:
Breakfast – coffee, instant oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter
Snacks in the am (spread out over time) – serving of almonds, serving of dry cereal, large apple
Lunch – tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread, small bag Lay’s chips, one serving of pretzel m&ms
Snacks in the pm (spread out over time) – baggies of grapes, baggie of baby carrots, crunchy granola bar
Workout – 35 minute run/walk, strength training (arms, hips, core)
Dinner (I usually eat dinner on my kid’s plate to keep my serving size small) – serving of pasta with a little butter, 2 scrambled eggs, a crescent roll
Dessert –a homemade brownie
What are your biggest tips for people that are trying to maintain their weight loss?
I know it is all easier said than done – be determined. You can do this. Get a calendar, make a plan, and start ticking off the days. I write down my daily workout every single day. I have done this for probably 5 plus years now – it’s crazy, I know. I throw it all away, too, so who knows why I do this. I like to look back over my week though and say, “you know, it’s okay to pig out today, I worked out X times this week.”
1. Eat from home, pack your lunch. Drink only water and anything else with zero calories. I personally drink water, coffee, and then wine on the weekends. That’s it.
2. Measure your portions. I take my lunch every day, and every day I count out 29 almonds to pack in my lunch. My hubby laughs at me, but whatever!
3. Start walking. For anyone who doesn’t know how/when/hates to exercise, I think this is the easiest way to get moving. Even when I am injured it’s usually the one thing I can still do. Walk as often as you can all day long. Just stay active. Pace on the phone, have a dance party with your kids, jump in place, just move.
4. Share your story. It will not only inspire others, but you’ll probably find that it re-motivates you to stay in shape, watch your diet, etc.
Is there anything else you want to tell us? You guys are awesome!
Thx Cathy!!! We think you are pretty awesome too!!!