There is no doubt that the "eat less, move more" mentality is tempting when it comes to weight loss. And as many people can testify, it often works … for a short time. A little further down the road, many women (and even men) find that the combination of chronic underdeviation and cardiac stress can lead to a cascade of disadvantages: hormones knock out, leading to brain fog, fatigue and a deadlock leading to weight loss results.
Any weight plateau that you encounter at this point can not be resolved by eating less. But many people try, and Shana Abraham was one of them.
In her late thirties, Abraham decided to change the unhealthy habits that had raised her weight and prevented her from getting diabetes. With a family history of health problems, she did not want her two young children to witness the same old story.
"I wanted to make sure that they learned from my mistakes and that they would not repeat them when they got older," Abraham says.
Abraham was walking a lot. Then one day she hired a knowledgeable trainer, and her eyes opened on the dangerous path she was on.
"She could not believe I was still standing and working because my calorie intake was so low." Abraham remembers. "I remember thinking that she was crazy when she told me that she would increase my calorie intake."
And yet, the double victory of regular strength training and getting decent and well-distributed carbohydrates, fats and fat protein was a life-shift. In short, it is a moderate approach. And now Abraham has a passion for educating women who struggle with their own weight loss travels for the virtue of moderation.
This is her story.
Snapshot: Shana Abraham
- Height: 5 "7"
- Weight: 1
- Occupation: Online Personal Trainer
How was life before this transformation for you?
Before My remodeling and my health were a series of ups and downs that sent me on a dark path toward grave consequences Having reached my peak weight of 230 pounds, I had to deal with two young children and regular seizures, fatigue and irritability.
Knowing that my family has type 2 diabetes, I have had to make some important changes in my life .
Was there an Aha mother? What's really in there? Gang set?
What really set everything moving was for me to look my children in the eye. I was on type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and many other health and hormonal problems.
I looked at my children and finally realized that I had to do it when I wanted to be with them, which was always necessary to prevent the worst.
Where did you start?
When I first found the way to better health, I did that. I just knew what to do, and that was going to happen. I would spend countless hours on the treadmill with long stretches. I would walk, no matter if I'm hurt, sick or tired because I thought it was the only way to lose weight. I came to my weight in front of the baby, but there I stayed.
At that point, I had the idea that I had reached my limit and done my best. Then I read an article by an amazing online trainer and nutrition trainer. She had a similar story (minus children) and mentioned the inclusion of weight training in her routine. For them, it helped to reduce the cardio and increase the strength training to pass them on their plateau. I asked her for advice, and soon afterwards we started working together on my training and nutrition.
What did your coach help you with?
She informed me about the benefits of strength training. With her guidance, I have included four days of resistance training in my schedule. I kept running but kept it for a week. She also taught me something about nutrition and how to properly fill my body. This was the missing piece of the puzzle for me, and I realized that the things I put in my body did not do me any good. The results that I saw amaze me to this day!
What did a typical day of eating look like for you
What additions helped you along the way?
How was your training?
Monday: Chest and Triceps
Friday: Legs and Shoulders
What was it? most challenging aspect of your journey?
At the beginning of my journey, I felt like I had missed a workout or an overabundance, that it was the end of the world and that I had broken off all my hard work. I've learned to let go of those feelings and acknowledge that I can not be influenced by them.
I also had to learn that it was okay to treat myself from time to time. My philosophy is that if you limit yourself to occasionally enjoying things, these goodies can become obsessions and you tend to overwhelm yourself when you have them. My favorite quote is "Everything in moderation, including dimensions." I try to implement this in my daily life.
If you could say something to someone who wants a big transformation of their children, what would that be?
Do not be afraid to ask for help or assistance. At first I was worried that I had time for my children. Once I had expressed my goals and asked for help, they took the opportunity to support me. Now they are my biggest cheerleaders!
What are your future fitness plans?
In May 2018, I passed my personal certification test and started another way to help others find their own path to health goals. I am also continuing to specialize in female fitness and nutrition. During my second pregnancy, I was struggling with health problems, and if someone led me on diet and exercise, maybe I did not have such a hard time. I hope to be this person for other moms.
How has Bodybuilding.com helped you achieve your goals?
Bodybuilding.com continues to help me achieve my goals and help my clients. The practice library is the best online, and I also appreciate the articles written by professionals and follow the example workouts.
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