Christina Cores Overcomes Adversity on
Her Way From 240 Lbs to a Trim 118 lbs
Sometimes the first step along
the journey to losing
is to set down all the emotional baggage you're
carrying. That's what Christina Cores learned as she embarked on the long, hard
journey from a miserable 240 lbs to a trim, vital 118 lbs. Exercise and proper
diet are indispensable to an amazing transformation like Christina's, but
taking a good, long, honest look at yourself and your lifestyle is usually a
good place to start.
You'd never know it to look at her
today, but the girl who now turns heads wherever she goes once had trouble climbing
a flight of stairs. Looking back on her life, Christina now knows that her
first steps toward the obesity that plagued her teenage years began at the
tender age of seven. That was the year her parents got divorced and the
aftermath of this emotional experience took a toll on her eating habits.
"For a while, I lived with my grandmother as things
were settling down," Christina remembers. "She loved to cook and she
could bake, too. Soon, eating became my escape, as I tried to fill the void
with food. I was steadily getting bigger and bigger each
Then, at age 15, Christina faced three
life-changing scenarios that would cause any teen with a history of emotional
eating to further spiral out of control: her father passed away, she moved to a
new town and she started high school. Upon reaching 240 pounds and finding
herself out of breath while walking up the stairs at school, Christina realized
she needed to make a drastic change to help herself before it was too late.
"Everything about being overweight bothered me,"
she admits. "The way I saw it, I could not do all of the things the other
kids could do, because I saw myself as being
So, Christina began her
transformation by educating herself on ways to lose
and change her lifestyle. After seeing the success of several
family members who were adopting low-carb
strategies, Christina became a convert to that methodology.
She eliminated as many carbohydrates form her diet as possible for six months,
switched from soda to water, limited her sodium intake, avoided processed foods
and learned to read food labels. Christina then began slowly reintroducing such
healthy carbs into her diet as whole wheat toast and oatmeal.
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course, the other half of the low-carb equation is an increase in protein
intake to support
the muscle growth
that makes fat
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"I was eating plenty of chicken, fish, and lean beef," Christina
recalls, "but it's important to have healthy proteins to snack on during
the day, when you're on the run, and bad carbs are calling out to you from every
fast-food outlet and mini-mart. Supreme
really helped me stay on track. They contain a
high-quality protein blend that feeds
, plus healthy
. And the taste is just terrific. Every shake is like an
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delicious flavors to choose from, I'm never tempted by empty-calorie carb
But Christina realized that while diet
alone might make her thin, it wouldn't yield the fit and toned physique she was
hoping for--it was time to add exercise into her weight-loss plan. So, in the
spring of 2003, she started a workout that combined cardio and
strength-training moves. Later, a women's workout center gave Christina a
regimen to follow, with variations she could swap in and out as she progressed.
She then joined a gym, where she was able to broaden her training program
without the limitations that at-home workouts placed on
"I noticed that working out
turned into a fun regimen," says Christina. "I had originally thought
I would be tired and fatigued, but it actually worked the opposite--it gave me
. Watching my transformation in the mirror gave me the
visual that reinforced everything I was doing."
Christina two years to lose the weight, but her scale has steadily read 118
pounds for five years. Now 22, Christina works at a fine dining restaurant in
, IL, that specializes in meals that have
under 475 calories
per serving. She
no longer needs to fixate on her caloric breakdown each day because she knows
how to listen to her body and make smart choices.
diet largely consists of chicken, yogurt, oatmeal, protein shakes, nuts,
multigrain, whole wheat bread, eggs, peanut butter, fruits and veggies,"
says Christina. "And again, I couldn't have done it without Supreme
They help me stay full longer and satisfy my sweet cravings. They are also
responsible for giving me that extra
I need at the gym. I don't get that sore feeling like I did
before I used them."
While Christina feels that she's
"basically" the same person she was before her transformation, she
takes pride in the fact that she's armed herself with the knowledge she needs
to keep herself in shape. "I can feel a strong sense of confidence as I no
longer take my body for granted," she explains. "It is now clear to
me that all of my hard work was for a reason. I am glad that with my
success, others are able to take tips and advice from me so that I can help
them with their transformation as well."
that's the direction Christina plans to take her career over the next several
years--she's hoping to find a job in the health and fitness field so she can
help others do what she's done.
Treadmill : Total of 30
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the next 8.8 min is split with the above format
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