Success Stories: Angela Watkins says Bye-Bye Baby Weight!
My name is Angela Watkins…
I grew up in Springfield, MO where I met my husband. We were married in May 2003 and later moved to Overland Park, KS. I stay home to raise our 2 year old son, Walker.
Before Weight: 145 lb.
Progress Weight: 114 lb.
I hated walking into my closet and not being able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes.
What was your lifestyle like “before”?
I was always putting everyone else’s needs before mine. I wanted to be the perfect housewife and mommy. My son was 14 months old before I decided that I needed to start focusing more on myself.
What were the feelings and factors that drove you to want improve your lifestyle?
I began my weight loss journey on February 19th, 2011. I was fed up with the way my body looked and my self esteem was suffering. I had fallen into that category that I hated… blaming my weight on having a baby. For the most part, it was true. I had become so wrapped up in trying to be the perfect first time mommy that I started to neglect me. I hated walking into my closet and not being able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I decided to get my butt back in gear after seeing my friend, Kim Brenton’s body transformation. Kim has been my biggest supporter and mentor through this whole journey. She is a great friend of mine that has never doubted me, a fitness competitor and most importantly, a mommy. Our babies were only 2 months apart and she was already training for her first bikini competition.
What did you do, eat, etc differently?
I started out logging all of my workouts on Facebook when I decided to get my butt in shape. I knew it would help keep me motivated because everyone would be able to see my progress and I didn’t want to look like a failure. I wanted to start my workouts off slowly, so I decided to try out “30 Day Shred” by Jillian Michaels. I knew this would help me progress at a slower pace without injuring myself by jumping right into a hardcore workout. I was completely out of shape when I started. I only worked out 20 minutes a day for the first 30 days and increased the levels each week when I felt strong enough to move on. I thought I was going to die the first few days!!! I also started watching my portion control with everything I ate. I was not strict on my diet yet… I wanted to take baby steps and do it right this time. I signed up with MyFitnessPal and started logging everything I ate and all my workouts. I did this daily. By the end of my 30 days, I noticed a huge difference in my weight, endurance, and flexibility.
I only worked out 20 minutes a day for the first 30 days and increased the levels each week when I felt strong enough to move on.
Once I completed the “30 Day Shred”, I decided to start hitting the gym. I contacted my friend, Kim, and she walked me through the process of eating healthy and training in the gym. I was clueless when it came to lifting weights. I was always the cardio queen and did mild weights. I started working out at the gym at 4:00 in the morning so I could be home when my husband and son woke up.
I began setting goals for myself to help keep me motivated. One thing I’ve learned during this whole process is that you have to be very disciplined. I decided to sign up for the Finish First Body Challenge on bodybuilding.com. The challenge was a 12 week program. I was so excited to join a group that would help inspire and motivate others to get in shape.
Once I started strength training, I fell in love with it. I immediately noticed a huge difference in my body. I was now following a clean diet, taking supplements, and working out 6 days a week. I carry a training binder with me to the gym so I can log my workouts. It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come in the last 10 months. I’m completely passionate about this lifestyle. I want to continue to inspire and motivate others and be the best example to my son.
I started eating clean and I allow myself 1-2 cheat meals a week so I don’t go insane. I do strength training 5 days a week and HIIT cardio 3 days a week. I love to stay active and switch things up as often as I can so my body is always guessing.
What advice would you give to people who want to make a change in their lives like yours?
You need to have the right mindset and believe that YOU can make the change. Plan out your meals and workout schedule for the week. Create small, reasonable goals and stick to it. You’re stronger than you think you are.