Hi! My name is Angela Dimitrelias. I have two boys, Zach and Noah whom I love fiercely, I enjoy spending time with family, working out in my home gym, cooking meals for my family, decorating my home and helping to motivate others to start turning a focus to their own health and fitness journey.
My Health & Fitness Journey
You know that first time you look in the mirror and see something you don’t like? When does that start? For me, it was a fairly young age – I was in middle school. I remember feeling like the bigger friend even though I was never severely overweight – I was never happy with my appearance. I was the bigger girl on the cheerleading squad and remember, vividly, the first time I realized size numbers were a ‘thing’ at the cheerleading uniform fitting. So many of the other girls were size 0, 1 or 3. I was a 10. Now I realize in that moment, I had crossed into a new territory of self image. I wasn’t sure where to start or how to fix it, I tried to eat less at meal time but wasn’t eating HEALTHY foods.
My biggest issue – controlling my portion sizes. I was on the yo-yo diet – all through middle school, high school and college. I tried everything from fad diets, weightloss centers, the grapefruit diet, to diet pills (YES, Scary!) and always gained back any weight I lost and managed to pick up a few extra pounds. The picture to the right shows you that I was never BIG, but this was me in high school – poor nutrition, no portion control and low self esteem.
Fast forward to post college: I was invited to a Turbo Kick live class – I went and was HOOKED! I started working out at home with the Turbo Jam DVDs and later moved to P90X. I did the programs when I had time. In 2011, I was pregnant with my first son and continued to workout with my Turbo Jam DVD’s with modifications through out my pregnancy.
After my pregnancy, I found myself with 30 pounds of unwanted weight. My ex-husband and I were in the (stressful) process of moving, adjusting to life with a new baby, working full time. I was tired. Life happened, right? I saw a photo of myself when Zach was 7 months old. I was horrified. I cried. YES. Cried. (the photo of myself that brought me to tears is to the right – wearing the coral top.) I dried my tears – and I decided to make some changes. I got started on Turbo Fire and never looked back. I lost the baby weight and then some by November of that year, just before his first birthday. I also started running. I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon that winter – I committed to a training schedule and on race day, I finished without stopping. I was proud of myself. I was leaner than I had ever been.
A few months later, I found out I was pregnant again. I was determined to make pregnancy #2 a fit pregnancy. I ate healthy and more balanced meals and worked out and RAN during my pregnancy. I ran in FOUR different 5K races – one of which I was the top finisher in my age bracket! An icy winter soon brought my running to a halt. I was still able to work out, but everything was modified but continued to eat healthier than my first pregnancy, and still somehow gained 50 pounds – 5 pounds more than what I gained with Zach. Noah arrived at the end of March…a 9.5 pound baby – NO WONDER!!!
My goal: see how fast I could get my body to bounce back. I wanted to do it the healthy way – no starving, fitness and nutritious meals. I was nursing a new baby so making sure I was nourishing myself with the right foods was essential. I decided I was going to start with a new program by Shaun T called T25 (25 minute HIIT workouts) after getting the all clear from my doctor. One of my friends invited me to join a challenge group to help with accountability. The motivation was unlike any group I had been part of –I had a group of people holding me accountable to my health and fitness goals AND sharing tips they had with me.
Making Some BIG Changes
In May 2014, I decided to take my journey a step further by signing up as a coach as I felt this would add an extra ‘layer’ of accountability for myself. I dove right in – ordered Shakeology and stuck to it. Every day. I would not let myself fail. It was an investment in myself and I didn’t want to make a BAD investment. When I started the T25 program, I did a lot of the workouts with the modifier until my muscles got stronger. I got through Alpha Round and moved on to Beta. Loved it. Gamma round (round 3) was amazing – I felt STRONG. I couldn’t believe I stuck with the program – all 3 months. I had NEVER devoted myself to a program like that. I NEVER missed a work out and I always made time for myself to get it in – it was/is my ME time! I had also never worked out so consistently before! I lost over 20 inches and 11 pounds. I was thrilled but at the same time, I had worked REALLY hard and I wasn’t sure why I wasn’t seeing the drastic results I did on some other people doing the same program.
I decided I needed to start really focusing on my nutrition. Something I had never really done. I always ‘ate healthy enough’. I made excuses. ‘I am nursing still, I can eat that’ or ‘I worked out today, one more is fine’. NO NO NO!!! That mentality was derailing me and I didn’t even realize it!! I knew I had to do something.
Enter 21 Day Fix – A Focus on Nutrition
I had seen a lot of my friends and fellow coaches have a lot of success with the 21 Day Fix program – a program that really focuses on nutrition and portion sizes as well as 30 minute daily workouts. I knew this was my next step to get me to my goal. It was time to take a closer look to figure out where I was going wrong. I cut out anything that was not considered ‘clean’. I followed the plan. I learned about portion sizes and the number of portions I should be having daily for ME. It was truly eye-opening. After 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix, I lost 14 pounds and 13 inches.
In February, 2015, my friends and I ordered the 21 Day Fix Extreme when it launched. We got started and checked in with each other every day. We held each other accountable. We did not cheat. The workouts were more difficult and by week 3, I was no longer modifying. I felt strong. My body was lean. When I saw my after photos, I HAD ABS. Yes. For the first time EVER, I saw my abs!
In just 11 short months, I lost 26 pounds and 36 inches. GONE. All because I said YES. Yes to myself. Yes to my family. Yes to this new opportunity to help others.
What are your goals? Let me help you reach them! I have some fantastic challenge groups I would love to add you to. They are perfect places for motivation, support and recipe ideas all from others doing the same workout program you are doing! The formula for success!!