I was never athletic and the only working out I had done was pilates and yoga. Two years ago I saw a photo of myself with my husband and realized that I had gained a few pounds over the last couple of years (about 50 give or take). I decided to take action. I bought DVDs, weights, books, etc.. and after losing 30 lbs joined the gym (yes I got in shape to join the gym).
Realizing how much I liked training and seeing the results I decided I might want to compete. I knew nothing of the sport, had never seen a show but figured (no pun intended) at 47, why not? After interviewing a few trainers, I began working with Joe Franco in February 2010. One of the first things Joe did was asses my diet. I’m vegetarian and have a pretty clean diet. What I didn’t realize is that I was not eating nearly enough nor was I eating properly. I was shocked to learn that my diet was made up of about 80% carbohydrates. I was eating low or non-fat everything, lots of veggies, wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, etc.. Joe asked me how much protein I was taking in each day. Protein? No idea. Joe gave me my first homework assignment — follow your current meal plan for one week and track your protein intake. Well, I think it was somewhere around 40 – 50 grams per day. First order of business, nutrition. Joe provided a macro breakdown (fat/carbs/protein) for me to follow. Within just a couple of weeks my energy level increased and I began to see positive changes in my physique.