Key’s to Dina’s Success:
- Having a good support system – health professionals and family alike. Dina has had her fair share of injuries and accidents (not all her fault) that have set her back, including falling while ice skating that did some serious damage to her shoulder which required surgery to repair. Having a good health professional team, like a Physiotherapist, Surgeon, and Personal Trainer (of course) helped ensure a speedy recovery and maintenance of her forward weight loss and fitness trajectory. In terms of family, her husband jumped on board both from a dietary and physical standpoint which helped her immensely – not like many of the “encouraging” husbands out there: “You can do it, I’ll support you” *Eats chips and drinks beer in front of them*. Her husband and her would each give each other 1 hour each night, where the other would watch the kids or make supper so the other could exercise. Further more, they both consciously tried to eat better and this was necessary for Dina.
- Note from Mike: Your social support network is one of the biggest predictors of whether a person will accomplish their goals – in all facets of life from business to weight loss.
- Convenience. Having equipment at home, like a treadmill and free-weights, her workout program on her smartphone (and her trainer at her fingertips), all helped reduce her barrier to go exercise; this also prevented her from making excuses not to exercise.
- Seeing the changes over time and getting comments from others complimenting her about her weight loss progress. Eg:
- Having to get new clothes and/or old clothes re-tailored – eg. the dress in the above picture had to get tailored from a 2XL to a L.
- Seeing the number on the scale and body measurements go down – yay, what i’m doing is working!
- Doesn’t have to wear a baggy shirt anymore – at least not if she doesn’t want to.
- Her improved food relationship. She used to placed a lot of value on food, now she doesn’t. Food is more of a means to an end; when she is hungry, she eats. One of her turning points: She went to the grocery store to grab snacks for an upcoming “night in” watching moves on iTunes with her hubby. She initially went and grabbed chips and other goodies, only to drop all of them and get fruit instead and then use the fruit to make a fruit salad when she got home. This was a big change for her, this is something she would have never done. Furthermore, there was no regret, she thoroughly enjoyed the fruit salad as did her husband.
- She credits part of her change with her relationship to food, being the education process. The on-going tracking of food and comparing and contrasting the calories in foods she liked, versus the amount of calories she would burn in a given workout – especially the effort she put in during those workouts – made her realize the momentary gratification she got from those foods just wasn’t worth it; especially considering a calorically dense option took moments to consume and a workout took much longer.
- Change of palate. Eating more vegetables and less sugary-type foods changed her palate. Certain foods started tasting sweeter and less bland. Other foods started to be too sweet, for example the Iced Cappuccinos she used to have almost daily. After a while she would treat herself with one here and there and she found that they actually started to make her sick and slightly nauseas.
One thing no one knows about Dina:
When Dina was a kid she wanted to be a ninja.
She is also an amateur symbologist. Ever since the Divinci Code came out, she’s had a sparked interest with symbols and what they mean in the context of different cultures and religion.
What is one dream or aspiration Dina wants to achieve in the next 5 years:
- She wants to get her Black Belt in Taekwondo and then shoot for the 2nd Dan Blackbelt afterwards.
- She also wants to take a cruise, she’s never been and would like to check it out – possibly the Alaskan cruise.
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