POPSUGAR: When did you start your weight-loss journey? Donna Elle: I began my weight-loss journey 12 years ago. My goal was not only to lose the weight but to keep it off as well. I was introduced to D1 Training 10 years ago. At that point, I had already lost 40 pounds, and I was looking for something to keep me motivated. My D1 Training family helped me get to my fitness goal of losing 100 pounds.
PS: What made you decide to? Don’t rush. If you lose it fast, you can’t maintain it. DE: I was a woman with a big personality, and I was tired of being overweight. Throughout my life, food was my addiction, like alcohol or drugs are to some. I used to ‘smoke a pack of cookies’ every night. I believed there was more for me and other women out there. Especially as a mom of a young son at the time, I believed my son Brandon deserved the best me possible. The main thing that sparked my decision to share my journey and strive to motivate others was at the time my aunt passed from colon cancer. She gave me advice before she died that I needed to make women feel important during my classes and help them find their strength.
PS: How much weight have you lost so far? DE: In the past, I had lost weight and gained it back soon after. I have lost 100 pounds and kept it off for 12 years by taking D1 Training classes, doing half-marathons and marathons, and working out with my family. My biggest motivator is my mom!
PS: How did you do it? Did you follow a specific diet? DE: I began doing Weight Watchers. I initially needed someone to hold me accountable. I don’t deprive myself of the foods I like. My motto is moderation NOT elimination. I eat what I love and treat myself with a meal and dessert once a week. I mostly focus on keeping my diet within calories and find apps like MyFitnessPal extremely helpful.
PS: What are some nonscale victories you’ve experienced? DE: I have run 10 half-marathons, one marathon, and an unrecorded number of 5Ks and 10Ks, and I have motivated thousands of women nationwide. I share my story and journey as a public speaker.
PS: Any advice or tips for people on their own journeys? DE: Being healthy is a lifestyle. Everything you did to lose the weight you must continue to keep off the weight. For example, if you begin working out five days a week and eating in moderation, you have to KEEP that lifestyle. If you fall off, don’t be too hard on yourself! Find a workout routine that you LOVE. If you find a workout you enjoy, working out will be something you look forward to instead of dreading it. Don’t rush. If you lose it fast, you can’t maintain it. To keep it off, do it slow and steady. Have a team or accountability partners that will keep you motivated. I found this within my D1 Training family and my biological family as well. Focus on doing this for yourself. This is your new lifestyle, and you should have your family embrace it as well.
PS: Anything else you want to share? DE: I have been successful because I love helping and motivating people to feel their best, and in order for you to have a win in life, you have to be your best, then help others around you! I believe in surrounding yourself with positive people who will allow you to be your best.Image Source: Donna Elle source