Today’s healthy transformer is Michele Keating, a New Jersey teacher and mother of four. We met Keating last fall when she began Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation Challenge. We love her “no-excuses” weight-loss plan. It’s working!
Weight lost: 11 lbs.
Visible results: Has lost half an inch around the waist
Biggest hurdle “Getting enough sleep. With a two-year-old it can be difficult to get a full night of uninterrupted sleep, but I have been trying to get to bed a little bit earlier at least three nights a week.”
Most proud of: “Not allowing myself excuses not to stay on plan!”
Aspect of Transformation Nation that is working best: “Starting new fitness habits. After talking with a personal trainer, I added new more challenging moves to my cardio- and weight-training routines. I am scheduling my fitness for the week and not allowing myself excuses to skip a workout.
One change that has made a big difference: “Planning my meals for the week. I use the Weight Watchers points tracker online, and I track my meals for the week ahead of time.”
Exercise she is doing this most: Jogging combined with running stairs.
Secrets to fighting food cravings? “I plan healthy snacks during the day like laughing cow cheese spread on celery, carrots and hummus, fruit, hot tea and 1/2 Vitamuffin Vitatops.
What is driving her to keep going: “I want to be healthy and active to keep up with my children.”
Her mantra: “Excuse-proof your life!”
Tell us your favorite excuse-busters and how you’ve transformed!
Research by Cathy Poley
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