I’m excited to share with you the success story of my really good friend Mackenzie! She was my work out partner/trainer/friend from Marble Falls!
First Name/Age: Mackenzie 33 yrs, 5’7 (Mother of 4 boys)
Have you struggled with weight/body image issues throughout your life?
I have never been a “small” girl, but really started to gain weight after the birth of my first son. Once I had my second son at the age of 22, I made a decision that I wanted to get healthy and join a gym. I was able to maintain my goal size of a 10, and enjoy small treats without guilt. When I turned 24, I went through a divorce, started making poor decisions and was at 197lb before I knew it. At this point I was in a new relationship and unexpectedly found out I was pregnant and ballooned up to 233lbs!! After my third son I said “enough!” Joined a gym at 211 lbs, and hit it hard! I began eating every three hours, made sure to incorporate lots of protein, and drank a gallon of water every day. I avoided high fructose corn syrup, fried food, and hydrogenated oils. I worked out twice a day and embraced the new lifestyle change. Not only did the weight start to fall off, muscles started showing up! Even with my fourth pregnancy, I worked out this hard and was able to stay focused. I eventually dropped to 143lbs, with a 16% body fat. I now fluctuate about ten lbs and my brain is ok with it!
Was there a significant event that triggered your changes?
After my third son I said “enough! I always thought of myself as the cute, funny girl… never realized my size until i had to buy an 18!
Did you have someone that inspired you to make changes? No
Did you incorporate a certain diet? Restrict calories? Or follow any certain plan?
Protein, protein, protein! I began eating every three hours, made sure to incorporate lots of protein, and drank a gallon of water every day. I avoided high fructose corn syrup, fried food, and hydrogenated oils.
Did you exercise? If so, what type of exercise do you enjoy? Did you work out with family or friends?
In the beginning, I did the elliptical at the gym for an hour and slowly incorporated weights. Now, I teach boot camp every morning and have cardio classes in the evening.
When did people first notice the changes?
I am not sure when they noticed the physical changes, however, I loved having friends over for dinner. They were surprised at the yummy and healthy dinners I prepared for them.
Did it take a while for your mind to adjust to the new you?
Nope… I was so excited about the “future ME,” I couldn’t get healthy fast enough!
How did you measure your success throughout the process?
The way my clothes fit me… and I NEVER EVER EVER stepped on a scale! Even now, I only weigh myself a few times a year.
Do you feel like your confidence has improved?
The confidence comes from the knowledge I have gained and I love to pass that on to others.
How did your family react? Were they supportive?
Yes, very supportive…. Sometimes when I am in training mode for my half marathons, they laugh at how obsessed I am… but know that it comes with the territory.
What did you eat on an average day?
Oatmeal with whole wheat muffin, banana with a tbs. of all natural peanut butter, protein shakes, boiled eggs with natural lunch meat, as much coffee as I want, Amy’s frozen dinners, etc.
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
I love to exercise, so that is never an issue… I do have a vice, and its red wine. I know that I will need to add minutes to my workouts in order to burn off the calories. Skinny doesn’t mean healthy… active, happy, and in shape makes a healthy woman!