In the wake of the Ironman in Cozumel and the Maraton Pacifico in Mazatlan, Dancing Chef Stephanie shares her story about being healthy. We are very proud to present our $890 USD donation to Fred’s Team that was collected by LELA in October 2012.
Dancing Chef Stephanie’s road to the top
On January 8th of this year I took a decision that took me 22 years to take… that’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it??
I was born as a healthy baby with normal weight, but as a toddler I developed asthmatic bronchitis, this lead to several complications that took me in and out of the hospital several times as a kid. The doctor’s recommendation was no running or any kind of activity that will give me a good work out, plus lots of medicine that included cortisone. Those two of course plus the pampering of my parents took me straight to being an obese child.
During my adolescence I wanted to drop weight and look good, I tried several different diets but again very little to no exercise. I dropped some weight but never got to my ideal size. I don’t want to sound like weight was all it was in my mind, but as a child and adolescence bullying affects you psychologically a lot and makes your defects stand out every day. When I got out of high school I focused more in my schooling and let go on my strict diet which made me gain back the weight I lost.
This year I decided it was enough; I was not going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do something I needed to do for myself. I signed up at the gym without knowing what to expect and committed with myself to do cardio for 1hr a day, at least 5 days a week, which I did for the first 3 months. Those months were rough, I felt like my lungs were too weak, my heart was going to pop out my chest and my legs wouldn’t stop hurting ever. It was definitely a struggle every day to get out of my bed and go do it. I was losing some weight but my skin wasn’t going back to its place properly so after researching I realized I had to get a personal trainer to start doing weights. Well that was scary because all my life I thought that if I did that I was going to look bulky and my body will turn manlish. It happens to be totally opposite if you have a professional by your side that knows your problematic areas that you really want to work out and make firm, you will focus on that.
By April I started personalized routines with my trainer who is amazing. I’m not going to lie they were a totally different challenge from my regular everyday cardio, but I was focussed on what I had to get done and always felt so proud to go from the person on the couch watching TV to this very active person. I was feeling better, I had more energy and I noticed I wasn’t getting sick every month like I used to. About every month I had a cold, cough, allergies or flu, suddenly I was off any kind of medication.
In summer time I started having knee problems which I have always had, but I guess the regular work out made it more noticeable. I went to the doctor to check on that and his first recommendation was no more working out. “But why???” especially if I was feeling so well. He gave me medication and pulled me out of the gym for a week, which made me feel awful mentally and physically. I had a goal that I was managing to keep and again my health was going to stop me. Well, I called my trainer and she said she has had several clients that have been injured somehow and they just work around it, making sure that you don’t overdo that part of your body. So I got back to the gym and I haven’t stop ever since. I try to do 7 days a week but if I do 5 I feel like I’m still following what I was committed to.
My lungs are stronger, my attitude is more positive and I feel so proud of myself. If you are going to work out I would recommend you to get a personal trainer that will guide you through very good routines as well as take care of you while training. Just so you know I have not gotten to my goal weight but I’m sure pushing it every day to make that happen, I want stay healthy for myself and my loved ones.
Dancing Chef Stephanie