Before & After: Brandee

by TrainerMomma on March 25, 2011

Brandee: BEFORE

Name: Brandee
Age: 41
Height: 5’4″
Total lbs lost: 35
How long did it take you to lose the weight? 5 months
How long have you kept it off? 2 years and 9 months

The Weight Gain
How/why did you gain the weight?
Eating too much, not enough, the wrong stuff, late night treats, eating out and emotional eating. I was working out at a gym 4 days a week and couldn’t figure out why I could not lose a pound.

The Turning Point

I got tired of seeing myself in pictures and I was sick of buying larger sizes. At a size 14 I had enough. For my birthday my friend and husband got me sessions with a trainer and that was the start of my journey.

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Brandee: AFTER

The Food
7:00 AM Breakfast – Oatmeal with protein powder and cinnamon and apples.  Or 2 egg whites with 1 egg and a small bowl of whole grain cereal with fruit.

10:00 AM Snack – EAS Protein Shake, Pure Protein Bar, or almonds and applesauce. (workout recovery snack)

12:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch – Turkey on wheat bread or a wrap or pita with swiss cheese, lettuce and veggies.

3:00 PM Snack – Apple with peanut butter, Hummus with veggies and crackers, or a protein smoothie.

6:00 PM Dinner – Salad with chicken or brown rice and chicken. I love tacos on corn tortillas or enchiladas. Small serving of Pasta with a salad.

8:00 PM Snack – If hungry I will have 1/2 cup of sugar free/fat free pudding, nuts or another protein shake

*I give myself a cheat meal once a week that includes dessert and boy do I look forward to that meal. Sometimes I will give myself a cheat day, but I find myself getting out of control when I do that too often.

The Workout
In the beginning I worked out 2 times a week with a trainer and did cardio 5 days a week. I now do cardio 4-6 times a week and weights 2-3 times a week. Hiking, yoga and family runs are all part of my week. I now know that if I push myself too hard, I will not get the results that I want. I have learned what my body will tolerate. We are all different and you can’t compare yourself to someone else and their workout. I love being in the gym and now I get to enjoy my family there and help them with their workouts.

The Challenges
The day I started with my trainer I started clean eating and quite Diet Coke cold turkey. I have been almost 3 years with NO soda! WOO HOO! I literally left her gym and went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy foods. Eating out and drinking Diet Coke are such a social event where I live. I lost some friends due to my lifestyle changes, but later realized that they weren’t really friends.

Being prepared with food and snacks was hard in the beginning. My family didn’t start clean eating until I was many months into my program. One day I quite cooking them foods different than mine and now we all eat clean.

Tried and True Tips:
* Eat every 3 hours! This is an absolute must. It is amazing how your metabolism will speed up when doing this.

*Protein, Protein, Protein! Make sure you always have some type of protein. It is so important for workout recovery, but also to build those lean muscles.

*Water…drink a lot! I drink about a gallon a day and I only drink water.

*If you have a bad day, week or month DON’T beat yourself up about it. Life has ups and downs, just get back to your routine as soon as you can.

*Don’t leave home without a snack, lunch or water.

*Think ahead about your meals. My fridge has produce at all times, homemade salsa, hummus, fat free/ sugar free pudding, corn tortillas and chicken. You can cook lots of chicken and freeze some to pull out in a bind. This way I never grab the “quick and easy” fattening foods.

*The  “Best Life Diet Cookbook” was a great help in getting me started on clean eating.

The Rewards
Knowing I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. Hiking Camelback Mountain, building muscles, running new distances and of course the cute clothes. Nine months after I started my program, my husband converted to clean eating and lost 40 pounds. It is truly a family lifestyle now!

Brandee — I love it!  You did it the way that works:  eating right, working out hard, and being consistent.  You look amazing and thanks for sharing your story! – Mandi

If you have an inspiring Before and After weight loss story, email me and I’ll send you some questions to answers for our readers.

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{ 8 comments }

1 Brenda March 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I love these stories. They are very inspiring when I am in the middle of this weight loss journey!

2 S Up North March 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Brandee, you look amazing!!!! Way to go! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

3 Becky L. March 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

This is just what I needed to hear (read), thank you! Brandee, way to go! Thanks for the motivation :)

4 Shelley March 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

What a great story! It is so good to just reassure that eating right and exercising is the way to go. Thanks for being a great motivation! You look fabulous!

5 Lazy Personal Trainer March 26, 2011 at 2:08 am

Brandee – great work! Keep at it and, by the way, love your dress in the after shot! You look awesome! Thanks, also, for the reminder of how important clean eating is in achieving success like yours. Even though I know better, l still try to fool myself that I can get away with eating crap and it won’t make that much of a difference if I’m still getting my workouts in. Ha! Wrong!

Thanks, Brandee and TM, for the story and motivation!

6 TrainerMomma March 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I agree — it’s all about the food. There’s no getting around that.

7 Kay March 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Brandee thanks for sharing. I am in the beginning of my journey and I love these posts. Thanks

8 mary kate March 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

great job! keeping it off is the hardest part! i love how you mentioned you know what your body will tolerate. that is the key….listening to our OWN bodies…they are beautiful things and will let us know what to do…if we will only trust them!

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