How Mother Daughter Duo Lost 115 Pounds with 100 Day Challenge - Reach Celebrity Status Again when George Takei Posts Video
The thought of starting on a diet doesn’t light up most people’s imaginations, but it can be fun and motivational with a buddy, especially when you do a mother daughter duo weight loss. That’s exactly what this mother daughter duo did on the 100 day challenge and lost a phenomenal 74 pounds total. They didn’t stop there and changing their lifestyle made them celebrities. Today they motivate others to lose weight.
Cheryl Shaw is a single mom who works long shifts in an emergency room. Her back, legs and feet hurt from standing for long periods of time in a stressful job. After topping the scales at over 200 pounds she was worried about her health. She decided to do something about it, but being an emotional eater was a problem and she found herself starting over several times, her weight ballooning up a little each time rather than going down until she found herself at 236 pounds.
Cheryl knew she could successfully lose weight but keeping it off was the problem.
She was experiencing bouts of depression from the weight gain and sciatic pain that prevented a lot of the activities she used to enjoy like riding a bike and running, but she didn’t give up. Cheryl made herself accountable and chronicled her journey with a facebook page which she called The Cheryl Shaw Project.
Sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before they get the inner strength to change. Not being able to fit into her uniform or tie her shoes had been the final straw. She was determined.
Cheryl identified problem foods that were causing weight gain. She cut out sugar, wheat, and flour. Once she started eating clean several things happened. She started to get her gut health back, she lost 8 pounds, and began to have more energy.
The next step was to figure out ways to exercise within her present physical limits that didn’t aggravate her sciatic nerve or exacerbate her foot problems. Cheryl started going to the Asylum Fight Gym and started with stretching and light exercise. She began doing 50 wall push-ups, 50 squats, and 50 girl sit ups followed by a quick run around the block which was a huge milestone and lost another pound. Rather than eating before her workout which is a weight loss killer she prepared foods she could eat after like Greek yogurt with blueberries. Eating after a workout allowed her body to make Human Growth Hormone which maximized her workout.
She also changed her exercise routine frequently to avoid exercise stagnation. Adding new exercise promotes muscle to keep changing and growing. Cheryl realized she could exercise anywhere and did push-ups off her dresser and added bicycle exercises she did on her bedroom floor. She started meeting up with partners to workout at the gym so she wouldn’t lose her motivation.
Cheryl rewarded herself and destressed by taking rides on her motorcycle. She started looking forward to activities she had been unable to do routinely like running but first she had to heal. At her trainer’s recommendation she started taking Epsom salt soaks.
As exercise became easier Cheryl started increasing her reps from 50 to 75 and continued to add new exercises.
Despite this success, Cheryl did what so many of us have done and yo-yoed. Each time she gained the weight back plus a little more she would feel both depressed and like a failure. A year after starting her journey she was at her max weight of 256 pounds.
Teaming up with Tessa – Taking the 100 day challenge
Nothing is as motivating as one’s children. Cheryl decided to do a program called Give It 100 and this time she asked her daughter to join her. She changed the name of her Facebook page to Mother and Daughter Duo. Within 2 weeks, Cheryl had lost 12 pounds and Tessa 5. She was once again not eating sugar, wheat or flour which had been successful in the past and she and Tessa committed to some form of daily exercise.
Fail to plan – plan to fail
A huge part of Cheryl and Tessa’s success was planning meals. Cheryl says, “90% of weight loss is diet. “ The two planned all their meals, taking time to prep food together and they kept each other motivated. In about a month, Cheryl was down 20 pounds and Tessa had lost 12, which encouraged them to keep going and this time she vowed to be honest with herself.
At about the 2 month mark weighing in weekly or so, Cheryl had lost 30 pounds, Tessa 23. The duo had hit their groove and began training for a race. On day 70 they started weight training also and Cheryl was participating in a weight loss challenge contest at her job. The two chronicled their progress in videos and before, during, and after photos. They had finally made a lifestyle change they could stick with; and eating healthy and working out had become habits rather than deprivation or work.
Within 90 days, Cheryl had lost a whopping 40 pounds. Tessa, who had started a week after her mom, had lost 31 at that time. At the end of her work weight loss challenge Cheryl had lost 42 pounds. Together at the end of 100 days they had lost a combined total of 74 pounds and GiveIt100.com did a video of them. Within two days the video had over 16,000 hits and three days later had nearly 100K hits!