Member Spotlight Workout Quest Boot Camp

Today I have another fabulous Workout Quest Member Spotlight. This proves if you want it bad enough, believe it is possible, and are willing to put in the hard work you can and will accomplish BIG things.

Lashay, has made a remarkable change in her lifestyle and has totally changed her body both inside and out. She’s lost over 114 pounds total.

If you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes and that’s exactly what Lashay has done. When she’s working her butt off at boot camp, I never know what she’s muttering under her breath… she’s probably calling me names or something. Either way she always comes to boot camp and gets it done like a champ because she knows the reward will be worth it.

I asked her a few questions about her transformation and here’s what she had to say…

Q: How long had you struggled with your weight?

Most of my life. Everything changed after my tonsils were removed as a child. Things I couldn’t taste before were all new to me, the bad stuff for you tasted good and the good stuff for you tasted bad.

Q: When did you realize it was time to change your lifestyle?

I had realized for a while that something needed to be done, I just didn’t put my mind to it. I guess I decided I needed to make a change after the passing of my Aunt and my Grandmother. They were always my biggest supporters and loved me no matter what, but didn’t want anything to hold me back from experiencing life. After a vacation trip in January of 2011, I couldn’t deny any longer that my weight was holding me back.

Vacation Trip January 2011

Q: Why was it so important for you to make a change when you did?

I wanted to be healthy by the time I turned 40, so that I could experience the second half of my life in a completely different way, with a completely different outlook.

Q: What changes did you make in your diet / exercise routine?

I started with joining Weight Watchers because the changes I was making to my diet on my own weren’t working. Then I started exercising at home with Zumba, until I found Tony at Workout Quest.

Q: How is your energy level now compared to before you began boot camp?

My energy level is much higher. I might be half asleep when I start, but I am wide awake by the time we finish.

Q: You’ve lost 64 pounds and many inches off your waist, hips and thighs since you started boot camp. What’s the secret?

Just sticking with it.. It is important to know we will all have ups and downs, losses and gains. But, no matter what you can always press the reboot button and get back on track. You can get back on program even in the middle of a bag of chips if you make that conscious decision to do so.

Q: Many people struggle to stay consistent eat healthy and exercise month after month. What keeps you so motivated long-term?

Knowing that I am becoming a different person, confident and healthy. “I am a turtle- slow and steady will win the race and I am creating a new shell”.

Q: What keeps you from going back to those old habits?

This is a lifestyle change, not a diet. I want to be healthy and not let anything hold me back from experiencing new things. I want to make my grandmother proud and myself proud.

Q: To reach success you always have to sacrifice something. What other sacrifices have you made to find success in your weight loss journey?

Unfortunately I have sacrificed sleep the most, so that I can go to bootcamp ; It is something that I love and miss when I am not there. I haven’t really sacrificed food, because if it something I want, I have it, just not as much and not as often. If you sacrifice the things you love forever, you will likely not stick with what you are doing.

Q: Are the sacrifices and all the hard work worth the results you’re getting?

Without a doubt!

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who says they want to lose weight?

Don’t wait another day. Once you have made up your mind just do it. Find something you love to do (as far as exercise) and it becomes much easier to make a GOOD habit stick.

We’re are so proud of you Lashay! Keep it up

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