I recently ran a 7-week weight loss challenge that was open to over 50 contestants. Contestants got to pick fun names, and the one gal who maintained a consistent lead through out the challenge was “Cielo Estrada.” Cielo lost 12.5% (15 lbs) of her total bodyweight, dropping from 120 lbs to 105 lbs over the course of the 7 week weight loss challenge.
For those of you thinking you can’t, you CAN. Cielo is actually in her 50’s (it doesn’t look it!), a mom, and a grandmom. So congratulations to her for her hard work. How did she do it? Let’s find out how.
Sumi: What did you do to shed weight? Tell us about what you did in the kitchen!
CE: Easy. I followed one of the meal plans that you sent me last year. A Sample day looked like this:
Meal 1: In the morning a smoothie with all greens.
Meal 2: 5 scramble whites w/spinach and 1 oz of cheese.
Meal 3: Cooked greens and a veggie salad with chicken and seeds or nuts.
Meal 4: repeat # 1 adding a 1 TBSP of peanut butter or with some egg whites.
Meal 5: 5 whites scramble w/spinach and some fresh Lime juice.
Sumi: Did you do anything differently with your training and exercise?
Or were the changes largely in the diet?
CE: It was largely diet.
Sumi: Mexican food tends to be very calorie dense. Did you have to tailor
any recipes to fit your daily calorie intake goals? Or did you save
Mexican food for treat nights?
CE: Mexican food is very high on calories, so I stayed off eating it. When I eat salad always added hot pepper then I satisfied my craving for Mexican food. LOL!
Sumi: Any tips for the moms out there or grandmoms?
CE: Sometimes as moms and grandmas, we are very busy taking care of our family. Sometimes it is not easy, but please don’t give up, do it for yourself!
Be creative in the kitchen preparing a meal, involve the little ones in helping you, do some exercise reaching food cans from the pantry, do lunges and squats if you dropped something, dance while cleaning the house.
Sumi: And there you have it! I LOVE that tip. Dance while house cleaning! We can’t wait to see what the sexy, svelte super mama Cielo Estrada will be wearing to the glamour photo shoot. So stay tuned for those photos! 🙂