Written by Janet Sanchez
My fitness journey has been ongoing throughout my life and filled with ups and downs. I’ve had periods of focus and consistency, and then periods of basically falling off the fitness wagon. I have a history of gaining and losing weight over and over again. At one point, I reached 300 pounds.
I tend to give in to stress and give up on the consistency of exercise and the focus on good diet and nutrition. The most recent hurdles, so to speak, have been my two pregnancies.
I ended up letting myself go and basically gained lots of weight and stopped being active. Once my husband and I knew we were done having children, I knew I had no more excuses. It was time to focus on me and on my health.
So, a year and a half ago, I was looking into losing the pregnancy weight and came across the keto diet, which did prove successful in terms of weight loss.
Around the same time, I became interested in lifting and came across StrongLifts 5×5 strength-training program. It was my introduction to lifting — it was my first time ever bench-pressing, deadlifting, etc. And I fell in love with it.
I was still doing the keto diet at that time. I started with the 4-Week Full-Body Burn on JimStoppani.com, then I moved on to the Super-Man Remastered Challenge, then part of the Super Shredded 8, as I had to cut it short to start the 2019 New Year’s Challenge.
What I have seen since July 2018, and after starting the Train With Jim programs, is that my body is changing in form and shape.
And this is exciting to see for someone like me, at the age of 44, who only focused on endless hours a week of cardio most of my life with boring results.
I am no longer a slave to the scale. While I know I still need to weigh myself to track, I’m also giving attention to progress pictures and how I look and feel in my clothes. I LOVE the results I’m seeing in shape and body composition.
I’m still a fan of the low-carb/keto diet. It helped me rebuild my relationship with food and helped me realize how I was misusing it with stress. This was the toughest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in this journey. And I believe it will be something I will always need to be mindful of.
At the same time, I’m experimenting with Jim’s carb cycling diet to see further benefits of this style of nutrition.
My plans at this time include to continue to train smart, eat smart, and supplement smart. This will include Train With Jim programs and, of course, JYM supplements.
Every week I get excited to see my results. And I’m so excited to see what programs and challenges Jim launches next!
Thank you Jim Stoppani and the JYM Army for embracing me. You have been nothing but inclusive and supportive.