I’VE LOST IT! – Brianna Westhaver

Brianna is no stranger to the spotlight. She has a very popular and influential weight loss blog titled, My Commitment to Me, and she has been showcased on her local news station as well as being interviewed for other weight loss web sites. She truly is an inspiration to herself and to others. She has worked her butt off and it definitely shows! Just watch her in action!

Here is what she has to say: {from her fitbottomedgirls.com article}

Weight has always been an issue in my life, ever since I was a young child. I can’t remember a time when I felt comfortable in my body.Lose_weight_quickly113

By my 24th birthday, I was well over 300 pounds, but when I looked at myself in the mirror, I didn’t think I was that big. Looking back, I compare it to an anorexic person who doesn’t think they are thin. In December 2007 at a work Christmas party, a picture was taken that gave me some big perspective. Looking at this photo, I realized I had to do something about my weight. People had told me over the years how to lose weight; they told me that I had to do it. But I’m the type of person that does not respond well to people telling me how to live my life—I had to make the decision for myself.

I have tried every fad diet known to man, DIETS DO NOT WORK. When someone asks me what diet I’m on my response is "I don’t diet" and that’s true, I don’t. I eat clean, I eat small portions and I am aware of what I put into my body. I work out 5-6 days per week and choose active options instead of sedentary. I don’t count calories and I drink lots of water. I fuel my body for energy and not for emotions. So doesn’t that sound simple? Sure it’s super simple and it works. It’s SIMPLE but not EASY – I know that I’ve been there and I still get into those situations. It’s about having the tools and knowledge of self to know what to do and be prepared.

How or when did you start to notice your weight and unhealthy lifestyle?

After high school is when I realized how unhealthy I was living but I didn’t have the knowledge on how to change my life. I just thought that if I didn’t eat much then the weight would come off, but knowing what I know now that is not the case. I wanted to change, but I just didn’t know how. I just figured I was one of those people who was “big boned” or genetically predisposed to being heavy. Now I know that is not the case, a rare percentage of people in the world have a very hard time losing weight due to genetics but for the most part anyone can make the change they just must be willing to commit.

What was your turning point to change your life?

I always knew that I had a weight problem, but I never realized that I had gotten so big until I saw a picture of myself at a Christmas party in 2007. Seeing it on film I realized I needed to make a change, even if it just meant not getting bigger. On January 1, 2008, I made a new years resolution that has changed my life for the better.

Give a sample of the foods you consume:

I eat 5-6 small meals per day. In general for breakfast I will have fat free greek yogurt & berries or sometimes I will make protein pancakes. My second meal of the day is a salad with grilled chicken or ground turkey. My lunch is normally steamed veggies and chicken. My fourth meal is fruit with cottage cheese. My dinner will be sometimes a protein shake or another salad with cottage cheese as the dressing

Weight loss is difficult. What has been your greatest tool to help you achieve your goals?

My support system is the #1 tool that has kept me going through this process. If I was doing this alone I know I wouldn’t have stuck to it this long. I have a great group of friends who are supportive of my goals. I have developed lasting friendships in my workout buddies. Surrounding myself by people who enjoy the same things that I do has kept me going.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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 Don’t be shy: I would love to feature you! If you or someone you know lost weight and is now living a healthy lifestyle please email me: thecleaneatingmama @ gmail.com

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