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05
2018

Francine Lost 35 Pounds and Battled Hormonal Weight Gain

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Francine before…and after. Way to go Francine!

 

“I’ve always struggled with my weight. Call it family genetics or my love of red wine and pizza…My weight has always yo-yo’ed. Being 5’4, an extra five or 10 pounds can really make a difference in the way I look and the way I feel in my clothes. In my late 20s, my metabolism literally took a nose dive. Every pound took extra work to burn off. Then a few years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS, a hormonal disorder that affects between 6 to 10% of women. A common side effect of PCOS is weight gain – usually with extra weight around the waist. PCOS makes it more difficult for my body to use insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy. This condition can cause insulin and sugar to build up in my bloodstream and losing weight can become a ridiculous struggle. I was devastated and I felt like every effort I was doing to lose weight and be healthy was pointless.

 

“My doctor and I came up with a plan and I read up on my condition to educate myself on the parts I could control. Plyomax was a big part of my journey. I accepted that I would just have to work harder if I wanted it bad enough. I’m a stubborn gal and I don’t take no for an answer. So I started coming to Plyomax 5-6 days a week, making it part of my daily schedule. No excuses. It was hard at first, but I soon made friends here that encouraged me and pushed me to keep up the hard work. You know who you are! I have fallen in love with lifting weights, getting stronger and pushing my limits. I’ve learned that cardio is not the only way to shed the pounds. Thank goodness cause I hate it! In the kitchen, my new motto is 80/20: 80% clean eating and 20% whatever I want! Obsessing didn’t work for me…Counting calories and measuring food just stressed me out. It works for some, but didn’t for me. I needed a realistic balance of healthy and indulgence. Rewards are important in life.

 

“Plyomax is by far the best gym I’ve belonged to. The staff is kind, the equipment is top notch and the people are supportive. I’ve now lost 35 lbs and am in the best shape of my life. I’m not the smallest I’ve ever been…but I am the strongest and healthiest. And that is worth every push up and squat! : ) ”

 

– Francine

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