This is the first of a series of blogs written by our fitness professionals at MFP. Mirna Espari joined our team recently and wants to share her story of weight loss and weight gain. People often think personal trainers never struggle with weight, but that’s not the case. Sit back and listen to all Mirna has been through. – Jason Hodge
Bringing Sexy Back!!!
This blog is something I have wanted to create for some time now but with a new baby and a change in jobs I have been pretty busy.
The beginning of my fitness journey
I have always enjoyed being active and it all started in High school. I was on the dance team my sophomore through senior year and developed a very regimented workout program to be able to stay in shape all year long. After high school I joined a gym (24 hour fitness) to continue my fitness journey. I was excited to see my body changing with the strength program I had incorporated. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to see other people reach their fitness goals as well. I started off as a business major but my sophomore year in college I switched to fitness and human performance degree. It was the best thing I ever did!! I learned so much about the anatomy and how every bone, nerve and muscle is so important to keep our bodies functioning properly. I wanted to be able to help other people achieve a better understanding of their bodies and how to live a healthier lifestyle. A month after I graduated (May 2005) I applied at the Lifetime Fitness in Cinco Ranch as a personal trainer. I was hired as a Personal trainer and metabolic specialist and truly enjoyed working with some great clients and met some really great people!! I had always loved running and did the Houston Half Marathon in January 2008. In August 2008 I transferred to the City Centre location and took on a personal training management position there in 2009.
Taking my fitness to the next level
I always love a challenge so in January of 2010 I decided to enter a fitness competition. I had always been in pretty good shape since I ran around 3-5 miles every other day but I never had the definition that I wanted to achieve. A coworkers wife had already done a few competitions so I asked her and him to help me get ready for one. It was definitely an experience!!! I worked out 7 days a week. I did split day workouts and 2 days of high intensity cardio for an hour and 1 recovery day which consisted of a light 3 mile run. I was also eating very clean which was the hardest part of the process. I was eating 5-6 meals a day consisting of healthy carbs, fat and proteins. I cut out all dairy, bread, rice and ALL SUGAR!! The hardest part was the sugar! In 3 ½ months I lost 30 lbs and dropped 9% in body fat. I weighed in show day at 100lbs and 16% bodyfat from 130lbs and 25%!
What I learned from competing in the fitness competition
I didn’t place this show but I left there feeling such an accomplishment and knew that I had pushed harder than I ever had and learned that I could do without all the sugar I had been consuming. I felt so much better and way more energy than ever before. I did incorporate more calories and took an extra day off after the competition since I still wanted to enjoy some date nights with my husband and enjoy some wine at friends events, (after all I am human!) The biggest takeaways from my show was in order to change your body you will have to come out of your comfort zone, by eating more throughout the day and doing more weight training.
A Growing Family
In 2012 the hubby and I decided it was time to start expanding our family. February 2012,1 week after my 32nd Birthday, I found out I was pregnant. We were so excited and ready for the new little person that would be coming into our lives. Besides the usual morning sickness in the 1st and 3rd trimester, and sciatic pain that came along the last trimester I had a pretty smooth pregnancy. However I did stop working out after 6 months since
I was trying to be cautious and the sciatic pain didn’t help much. After my pregnancy I lost 12lbs of the 36lbs I put on during the pregnancy (pre baby weight was 120), but then the weight loss stopped. The scale was not budging. I could not get under 140 until after I stopped breast feeding and even then only dropped about 5 lbs afterwards.
The frustration of weight loss
This was very frustrating for me since I was always active I thought I would be able to jump back into shape by losing weight and look like I did. I also had friends who were able to get back into shape easily after their pregnancies which also made the process even more frustrating. My job was also very stressful at the time and I was spending too much time at the office and away from Ava (my daughter). I was also so tired with that schedule that I was only working out maybe 2 days a week, so I made a change that would positively affect my health.
My plan to get back in shape
I left Lifetime Fitness and started at Medical Fitness Pros in September 2013. I am now able to spend more time with my daughter and started working with clients again!!! This has been such a great change for me and I am able to focus on my worko
uts again. I will be blogging my workouts and nutrition daily so that you all can see what I do to get myself back to my original baby weight. I am currently 132lbs and 30% body fat, and would like to lose around 10 to 15 lbs and 12% in Body Fat.I want to achieve this by February 13th 2014. That will be my 34th birthday :)) This has truly been a learning experience for me even for someone who does this for a living and love what I do. It has been a struggle to get back into what I’m comfortable seeing in the mirror. However I don’t care to have the competition look that I previously had before I just want to be healthy and feel good about myself!!
I’m excited to focus on achieving my own personal goals again. I can’t wait to show you my after photos on February 19th 😉