Martine was horrified when she saw photos from her cousin's wedding, in August 2009. She couldn't believe how heavy she looked in the green bridesmaid dress. That's when she decided to make a change.
Martine had no idea how many calories she was eating, so she started tracking her meals with the MyFitnessPal app. "It completely changed my food choices," she says. "One little mozzarella stick has 100 calories? Not worth it!" She soon discovered that she could eat healthy foods that satisfied her if she dined at home. Breakfast became oatmeal with peanut butter; lunch was often grilled chicken with roasted veggies.
Next, Martine committed to hitting the gym five times a week, experimenting with different classes like Zumba, yoga and indoor cycling. "At first, I was intimidated to walk into a room full of fit women," she remembers. "But they were surprisingly welcoming. I discovered that exercise can be fun, especially when you have supportive friends counting on you to show up." In June 2014, Martine reached 130 pounds. Now nothing can hold her back. "I'm constantly setting new goals to inspire me to stick with my workouts," she says. "I celebrated my last birthday with trapeze lessons!"
What Worked For Me
Boredom buster: "Dancing is my favorite way to exercise. Sometimes Zumba is so fun that it feels as if I'm at a club."
Smart snack: "Ants on a log [celery with peanut butter and raisins] satisfies sweet, salty and crunchy cravings."
Vacay motivation: "I got married last September. On my Caribbean honeymoon, I felt so confident in my bikini."
Stress fighter: "Kickboxing is the best! There's nothing like pounding the heavy bag for a few minutes."