My name is Lisa Woods and I am a 34 year old mom to a wonderful 22 month old little boy.
I am a pure example of taking fitness to the next level and would love to tell you my story and to share my story. I have gone through the weight loss process 3 times now and the last time was due to pregnancy (I gained 36 lbs). I am 22 months post partum and currently weigh 10 lbs LESS than when I got pregnant. I am in the best shape of my life and am actually in better shape NOW than I was before I got pregnant.
The key to my fitness success story is variety and taking my fitness to the next level. For me its about believing in myself and my abilities; believing that I can do more than what my body is telling me that I can do! I have battled with my weight off and on for many years now. The first time I lost the weight, it took me roughly about 10 months. I lost close to 70 lbs within that time and was able to keep it off for a few years but then I started getting back into some bad habits and ended up gaining ½ (approx 35 lbs weight was 171 at that time) the weight back when I got engaged. For my wedding, I got back on track and lost the weight I needed to lose in order to fit into my wedding dress (which fit at the time I bought it but because of the weight gain, 2 weeks before my dress fitting it didn’t fit). After I got married in June 2007, I continued doing what I needed to do in order to get myself back on track. The whole time I was still working out; my downfall was the food. I wasn’t counting calories and holding myself accountable for what I was eating. That time around I was able to lose a total of 50 lbs. Then in January 2010, I was pregnant was my first child and gained 36 lbs (which brought me back up to 171). Right after I had my son, I was back to working out and lost all the baby weight and a few extra pounds. Pre-pregnancy, I was 134, and to date I have been able to successfully maintain my weight of 123-125 sine March 2012.
My overall outlook on life has changed since I got into shape. The world is no longer dark and gloomy. I can see the bright side of things and see the positive, rather than the negative. I am no longer depressed (I was on anti-depressant medication when I first started gaining weight). I have a lot of energy and look forward to being active and staying active. Before getting into shape, I was never a runner and never saw myself running. Since getting into shape, I have run countless 5Ks, 10Ks, a few 15K races. Before I got pregnant, my goal was to run a half marathon. By the end of December 2009, I had run 5 half marathons before getting pregnant. It goes to show that anything is possible. I am currently training for 2 half marathons and hope to crush my finishing time from 2009.
My exercise routine currently consists of P90X, Insanity as well as Insanity: The Asylum