In her early twenties, Courtney Hendon, like many women with her body and any number of numbers on the scales, played the love / hate game. Her weight went up and down for years, reaching 200 pounds. It went no doubt higher, but she was so discouraged that she no longer used the scales.
Today, Hendon weighs 122 pounds. The weight loss was not only impressive, but also the mental balance and the freedom she gained was liberating. "I feel so free from all the worries and fears I once had, because I try to be my version of my best self, not another," she says.
Well, 36, Hendon sees, feels and lives better than ever She balances family life with a challenging registered nurse career, proving that the healthy lifestyle she's always looking for is not just an unattainable fantasy for mothers like her.
Snapshot: Courtney Hendon
- Height: 5 "4"
- Weight: 1
- Occupation: Registered Nurse
- Location: Birmingham, Alabama
- Social Links: Instagram [19659010Whendidyoufirstbegintostrugglewithyourweight?
As far as I can remember, I was overweight and very self-confident, the children would bully me at my height, I was very active and played volleyball and Softball, but my diet was awful I remember trying to lose weight Already in elementary school, these efforts continued into adulthood through many diets.
was the biggest fight for you?
Healthy food ion has always been the hardest part for me. I would not eat for a long time n and restrict calories and carbs to dangerously low levels to get thin. At night I would come across every meal I could get my hands on. My mother visited me in my first year of college in 2002. We took some pictures and I was horrified to see how much weight – about 65 pounds – had actually increased. I continued trying different diets but never stayed with one of them long enough to see changes.
When did you first realize that you need to make a change?
That was not the case until 2007, when I met my husband, I entered a gym. My weight continued to fluctuate, although I had tried to diet and exercise. Then in 2008, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. For those who do not know, Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. My doctor taught me about lifestyle changes that are meant to remorse me and reduce the number of relapses.
What did these lifestyle changes look like?
I had to stop eating one Many foods that I love, including those with gluten and dairy products. I had to stop visiting fast food restaurants and cooking my own food at home. I began to eat healthier foods, such as: Eg caged eggs, with chicken and beef, turkey, egg white powder, green vegetables and sweet potatoes. I also had to lower the stress, start the exercise and lose weight.
You are a mother of two children How did it affect you to have a family after learning about your condition?
We had our first son in 2011. After giving birth I had an extra 65 pounds and a ton of stretch marks and loose skin. I was depressed and lost the little confidence that I had gained. I did not want to go to the gym and weigh over 200 pounds because I was afraid of being judged. I avoided family, work, friends or anything that came with leaving the house.
What was your turning point?
When I returned to work after maternity leave, I noticed that My Worker had lost a ton of weight. I asked her what she had done to achieve that. Then she introduced me to Bodybuilding.com. I went home and researched the site for days, looking at exercise plans, nutrition and nutritional supplements, and the amazing transformations of people who looked just like me at one point or another.
Was there a specific situation? Program that has helped to start your progress?
The first plan I made was Jamie Eason's 12-week LiveFit trainer. After completing the program I was addicted! For the past three years, I have been involved in many Bodybuilding.com transformation challenges, including the $ 250K Challenge. Participation in these topics meant that I met so many motivating and supportive people.
How has that changed with the growth of your family?
After getting into the best shape of my life, we got pregnant again and got our second son in 2014. I won over 65 pounds, but this time it was different. Thanks to Bodybuilding.com, I had all the tools I needed to get back into shape.
What additions did you make?
What would you say, you? greatest achievement besides physical change?
It took me years to get to where I am today. I'm no longer obsessed with Libra or unhealthy foods. I love to exercise and eat, which fuels my body. I can finally look in the mirror and love what I see. I hunt strong, not thin!
How does this positive change matter in your everyday life and relationships?
I prepare all my food and train six days a week. I am a woman, mother of two little boys and work as a nurse in an intensive care unit. So I am very busy, but I also deserve to be happy and to take care of myself. My husband is the best, who always supports me and helps me achieve my goals. He loved me at all stages of my transformation. Although he works as a firefighter for many hours, he can take care of everything at home.
What is your favorite pastime as a Bodybuilding.com Ambassador?
I am blessed to be a Bodybuilding.com Ambassador because it enables me to give the company that helped me an extra boost to keep my life and health under control. I am always grateful that I had the opportunity to be an ambassador and to share my story.