28 Weeks Later {A Weight Loss & Fitness Story}

Here I was updating you all nearly weekly with my BodyBugg/healthy lifestyle progress and then bam, I left you hanging. Bad blogger, but better to have been more committed to my fitness in real life than on the blog!

This will be my last BodyBugg themed post {but don’t worry, not my last fitness/weight loss/healthy living post}. Why? Well for a few reasons…I reached and exceeded my goal, I’m in a maintenance mindset now, and I don’t use the BodyBugg on a regular basis anymore. Wondering WTF a BodyBugg is? Read here.

Unlike the movie 28 Weeks Later, this story is not a scary one. It’s a happy one. A positive one. One where I realize just what I am actually capable of. A few months ago I felt I had reached a place where I did not need to wear the BB everyday. I knew what I needed to eat {and not eat} and I knew what my daily activity needed to be. That’s the great thing about making fitness, and healthy eating, a lifestyle; it just becomes, well, your life.

It’s been just under seven months since I survived my first {very hungry} day tracking my calories and wearing the BodyBugg. As hard as the adjustment was at the beginning I never thought of it as a diet…this was a makeover. I completely changed the way I eat and the way I work out…and now it’s just how I do things….every darn day.

Of course, exceeding my goal doesn’t mean the work is over. It’s  actually really only half the story. I know that my new lifestyle will be a constant work in progress. Not a day goes by that I am not conscious about what I am putting into my body and what I am doing to be active.

Lost 3o+ pounds {the scale stopped going down about 8 weeks ago, but I continued to lose inches}

Went from a size 10/12 to a size 2

Less than 15% body fat

In the best shape of my life…

…but you know what they say…a picture’s worth a 1,000 words…

My Top Tips {aka Brie’s Rules}:

Calories In

  • Drink TONS of water {I shoot for 100oz/day}
  • Make easy, healthier, calorie-saving substitutions {think feta instead of cheddar, salsa instead of fatty dips, vodka and diet soda instead of beer or wine}
  • Don’t drink your calories {stay away from juices, soda, certain coffee drinks. Most don’t add much/anything in the way of nutrition. Save your calories for actual food}
  • Clean eating is key {you’re calories will go farther with fruits, veggies, and unprocessed foods!}
  • Greens, greens, greens {leafy green veggies are your best friend. Think Spinach, Arugula, and different kinds of lettuces}
  • Measure out your ingredients and food {it’s really easy to over-indulge when you don’t realize how many calories you just consumed}
  • At first you WILL feel hungry while your body adjusts and that’s OK {stay strong!}
  • Really look at how many calories are in some of your favorite treats/snacks/indulgences {it may be just enough to scare you off of them}
  • Keep a food log {be completely honest and open with yourself about what you eat}

Calories Out

  • Ditch long, slow cardio for interval training {Switching up speed and intensity throughout your workout is much more effective than sitting on the elliptical for an hour at the same level}
  • Run, run, and run some more {The BodyBugg showed that no workout burned more calories per minute than a good old fashioned run}
  • Circuit train {this is CRUCIAL! Circuit training helps build key calorie-burning lean muscles, keeps you from getting bored with the same old thing, and provides a heart-pumping cardio workout}
  • Strength train {this goes hand in hand with the above. You need to build muscle.}

Mentality

  • Let go of all your pre-conceived notions about what you are, or are not, capable of {most of that is just bullshit we hold onto as an excuse for why we can’t achieve something….really it’s because we are not fully prepared to do the work it takes}
  • Take it day by day, week by week and month by month {don’t think about how far off the finish line to your goal seems. Just go step by step. Suddenly you will realize you’ve made it a day, then a week, then a month…soon you are half way there}
  • Make fitness and healthy eating a priority {don’t have time for the gym? Really? I know it can be tough with work, social life, kids, housework etc, BUT…how much of that is an excuse? Couldn’t you watch one less TV show, sacrifice 30 minutes of sleep, plan/prepare health meals ahead of time, spread out your chores better…?? Bottom line is MAKE THE TIME}
  • Take pride in getting in your workouts and eating right {that good feeling you get will be stronger than any craving or fatigue}

Need to catch up on the whole story?

Week 1 (including a full explanation of the BodyBugg)

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4 & 5

Week 6 & 7

Week 12

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and stuck with me as I chronicled this journey! Your encouragement has meant so much!

Comments

  1. Lauren says:

    Amazing job! You look great!

  2. Courtney says:

    You look SO amazing girl! I can’t believe you went from a size 10 to a 2! That is such a huge change! I get people around you are freaking out at how amazing you look! Such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story & tips along the way!

  3. Bridget says:

    Your version of 28 Weeks Later is MUCH better…congrats on all your hard work & dedication!

  4. Angela says:

    You look amazing! Congratulations!!!! I adhere to the same rules as well (diary/measuring/substituting).

  5. Kym says:

    OMG !! You look absolutely AMAZING! This is the first time that I’ve been on your blog, but I just went through your archived posts, and your results are unreal! I commend you for the level of dedication to your health, fitness and wellbeing! What an inspiration! xo

  6. OMG girl, you look AMAZING! What a complete transformation. Thanks for sharing your tips and rules. You have an amazing drive and commitment to improving your health and fitness. This is an inspiration to get my lazy butt in gear. Will you come to VA and keep me accountable, and more so make me workout?! :) Seriously though, great job!

    • Briana says:

      Amy, I’d love to come workout with you. I’m going to get certified as a personal trainer so I can help others too!!! Feel free to email me!!

  7. Caitlin says:

    I happened upon your blog and liked the fitness aspect and your updates. It wasn’t until the beginning of January and a switch went off in my head and I was like workout like you used to. Seeing your process and results has helped me realize I am on the right path and the sizes I never thought possible might be. Thanks for this post, I needed it!

  8. First of all… there is no way you were a 10/12 before. I don’t believe that. Second of all… you’re rocking it. I still can’t believe you go for those morning runs in this weather!

    I think you’re ready for bikini season. ;)

  9. Sarah P says:

    Awesome job! I know you feel as great as you look :)

  10. Jess Casey says:

    The fact that I started following you at the very beginning of this journey and watched your progress is so inspiring. Your amazing! I’m glad that you feel as good as you look! You rock!

  11. tara says:

    you look absolutely amazing!!!!

  12. Nikki says:

    I love this post! You are one hot mama with your little size 2 body! I’ve told you this before but you are SUCH an inspiration girl!! Sooooo proud of you!

    • Briana says:

      Thanks so much Nikki. As happy as I am with the way I look and feel, I am equally as happy that my story has resonated with other people. I’m so passionate about healthy living now and I LOVE sharing it with other people!

  13. Holy moly girl!!! All I can say is wow. Thanks for sharing your story and proving again that hard work does pay off. I might have to look into one of those body buggs this summer after I get this baby out of my belly. :)

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