SUCCESS STORY / Melissa Bachman, 45: From 199 pounds to 123 pounds
Former weight: 199 pounds
Current weight: 123 pounds
Pounds lost: 76 pounds
Height: 5 feet 2 inches
Age: 45 years
How long she’s kept it off: She started in January 2017. She reached her current weight in March 2018.
Personal life: “I live in Roswell and work as a health and welfare consultant,” Bachman said. “I took up cycling in earnest and raced bikes last year for the first time.”
Turning point: “I woke up one day and after not being on the scale for many, many months, it read 199 pounds and I was mortified. I knew that I had gained weight. I knew I was buying new clothes, but seeing that number was just shocking to me,” Bachman said. “To kick it off, I did a 10-day smoothie cleanse. … I did that for 10 days and I lost about 13 pounds.” She started working out on a stationary bike at home using online cycling programs. “I had been riding a bike since 2011, and so I used that as a way to kind of cut a few pounds off before getting with Mizelle Sarno, my personal trainer at SFX Fitness in Roswell, in mid-March of 2017,” she said. “In early April of 2018, I hired a cycling coach.”
Diet plan: She signed up for MyFitnessPal.com premium service. “I would fuel my body back with the calories I spent,” Bachman said. Breakfast is usually eggs, lunch is a wrap sandwich and dinner is grilled chicken.
Exercise routine: “I work out with Mizelle twice a week, an hour of strength training each session,” she said. “I’m cycling five to seven hours a week. Some of those are structured workouts my cycling coach gives me, and sometimes it’s a long ride with my cycling team. I would say normally five to six days per week, I’m working out. When I was in weight-loss mode, I would try to do something six days a week.”
Biggest challenge: “During this process, I did it in such a way that it wasn’t overwhelming for me,” Bachman said. “I enjoyed it so much I enjoyed the difference each period of time that I was adding new things into my regimen. I still enjoy it today.”
How life has changed: “My confidence, my relationships, my friendships … I’m a consultant talking to the C-suites on employee development, employee benefits, like their medical, dental, vision. … When you are going into a company … if you are not confident in what you are presenting, you are not going to be as effective,” Bachman said. “… I’ve done a 180 in my career due to my confidence and what I can bring to the table. I was so miserable with myself before all this. I am just a happier person all the way around. I have a lot of excess skin now, but I will take what I have over what I used to have. Last year, I hired a cycling coach and decided to give racing a shot — I’m forty-something years old and won some races, and I had a great team for support.”
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