What was the most challenging thing for you at the gym?

At first, my confidence was shot. I was so self-conscious that I didn’t want my trainer taking me out on the floor. We used a private room at the gym instead.

Once I learned proper form and developed better balance so I wouldn’t fall, I was able to work out on the floor with everyone else.

How did you create the meal plan you use now?

With little search I managed to figure out my meal plan. After reading through diet plans on the site, I started increasing my protein intake and moderated my carbs. Eventually, through a lot of trial and error, I took those basics and turned them into the diet that works for me.

Meal 1

-Celery 2 stalks

-Peanut butter 2 tbsp


-Coconut water 1 cup

-Nonfat yogurt 1/2 cup

-Frozen mixed fruit 1 cup

-Granola 1/4 cup

Meal 2 

Raw carrots 2-3

Meal 3 

-10″ whole-wheat wrap 1

-Fat-free mayo 1 tbsp

-Chicken breast, chopped 5 oz.

-Lettuce 1 cup

-Tomato, diced 1

-Green pepper, chopped 1

-Grated cheese 2 tbsp

Meal 4

-Celery 2 stalks

-Peanut butter 2 tbsp

Meal 5 

-Chicken breast, chopped 5 oz.

-Dry baked potato 1

-Cauliflower 1 cup

-Mixed green salad 2 cups

How do you curb cravings?

I’ve always craved soda, but all I need to do to overcome cravings is look in the mirror. I have a lot of excess skin, and seeing that in the mirror serves as a daily reminder of what I used to look like. I don’t want to go back to that. I see how far I’ve come, and it gives me the willpower to say no to my old, unhealthy habits.