I’m Avril and I’m Your Online Personal Trainer
This Is My Story. Formerly Unhappy, Overweight, Wife and Mom
I am 33 years old 5’4 and 125lbs and believe in living a healthy lifestyle with my family. I have an 11 year old daughter, Kalyston and 2 Step children Jackson 9, Reagan 15. My life is super busy, but I prioritize my health. Eating clean and exercise are 2 areas that I make a priority, not only for me, but for my family.
When I was 21 years old, I weighed 215 pounds. I attempted a few common “fad” diets that only produced short-term results, because I couldn’t stick with the concepts for my life. I had no concept of exercise or eating sensibly and the programs that I tried didn’t teach both sides.
Food was always very accessible to me. In fact I had no boundaries by the adults in my life of what I could have and what I could not have. It’s interesting, I notice parents using food as entertainment for their child, I wonder… is that what the adults in my life did to me?
I had always been a chubby kid. I look back at pictures when I was a child with my cousins and there I am with my chubby cheeks and fat tummy. Yes I know, I was a kid, but that was no excuse for how I looked. My grandmother would take me to McDonalds every time we got in the car.
When I was 13 I weighed 110lbs and that is the skinniest that I had ever been. What happened? When I was 16, I weighed about 150 lbs. I was in track, but that really did not help because what I would burn off I would put double back in. After work almost every night my friend Randy and I would go to Wendy’s and enjoy a chicken pita and chocolate frosty.
When that got old a grilled stuffed burrito from Taco Bell. My grandmother always had those damn delicious Little Debbie’s treats in the pantry. We would also order out dinner almost every night. They consisted of pizza, fried chicken and mashed potato’s or subs. This is what I thought life looked like.
At 20 years old I was married. Shortly after we were married I got the wedding pictures back and said, “Oh wow…. I am fat.” I went on the Atkins diet and went from 180lbs to 150lbs. The 30lbs I lost only took about 4 months to lose. That was easy because I still could have cheese or McDonalds hamburgers just no bread. Then I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, Kalyston.
I started to eat carbs again and there went the 30 pounds I lost along with an additional amount. The way of life was sleeping in as late as we could and then getting up and drinking soda pop. There was no physical activity, unless we got out of the car to walk to Dairy Queen.
The Beginning of a Change
A few years later I divorced my first husband and starting eating Lean Cuisines and other portion controlled frozen meals simply because I had no one to cook for. Overtime I lost a few pounds, but I didn’t feel healthy. I lost weight but still felt miserable. I was a single mom in her mid-20s, and felt I was always going to stay that way. Like I said, I started losing weight, but not because I was actually trying to. A couple of years went by and that is when the “AHA” moment came to me and I was determined to do something about my weight and now I will never look back. Taking control and ownership of my health impacted so many other parts of my life.
Single & Fat: Ready for Real Change
After about 2 years I decided it was time to actually work at getting healthy and dropping the excess weight. I started to eat healthy. I now weighed about 145lbs. In the summer of 2009 I did a diet called the 17-Day Diet. I still have the book actually right here in my office. It limited what I ate and required for a minimum of 17 minutes of exercise a day. It asked for the minimum of at least 17 minutes and that is exactly what I did. I had friends that were doing it to and they were losing weight. I was doing the same thing, I did not understand. I was frustrated and did not know where to go from here.
In the fall of 2009 I committed to doing the P90X program with Tony Horton. I followed it diligently every morning and focused on portion control. After doing P90X I realized, Wow It feels really good to work out in the morning.
I also started to realize that the reason why these fad diets did not work is because I could not eat they way they instructed me forever. I figured out that I needed to eat in a way that was healthy and a way that I could sustain forever.
In the summer of 2011 I was 140lbs. I was running outside and eating better. I did a lot of other exercise programs on videos. Maintaining was of the upmost important to me and I had to work very hard to keep my weight under control and still enjoy life. I was happy, but I am the type of person that always tries to push myself further, so I set more goals. I wanted to run a 5k. I trained a bit and in January of 2012 I ran my first 5k. Yes, I said January, and did I mention that I lived in Northern Michigan? It was unbelievably COLD!
I figured if I could do that why not try to get fit and lose more weight. I started working out for longer periods of time and walking every night. In March of 2013 I committed to running my first 10k. My body hurt the next day, but I did it! Running now is something I do for about 15-25 miles a week especially in the summer.
In 2015 I compeited in a figure competition. It was the HARDEST thing that I ever did. I weighed 118 pounds. I have not done another, nor sure if I even want to.
This Is Now
I am so lucky to have Alex in my life. He is my biggest supporter. He gives me motivation when I need it and is always there with a compliment to boost me up. We hold each other accountable and always ask each other about our workouts. He gives me pointers and I give him pointers. Making time and healthy decisions are a part of our life. I have learned how my body reacts to certain situations. When I eat crappy I feel crappy. If I do not get up and do a workout in the morning I just do not perform well all day.
Alex and I design all of our own workouts. We have learned about the benefits of protein shakes, and different supplements to boost our workouts and aid in recovery. We live a healthy lifestyle because we both know how great this side of the fence is and we are committed to never go back.
The Conclusion of the Beginning Part of My Story
I went from 215 pounds at my heaviest to 118lbs competing in a figure competition. If I can do it , you can to. Let me help you. This entire website is dedicated to sharing and helping you achieve a similar transformation in your life.
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