Welcome to the How They Did It series, where we spotlight one individual and their body transformation. Learn what they did, and how they did it to succeed at their weight loss journey. Today we are featuring Pamela Drummond.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
My name is Pamela Drummond, I am 45 years old, and have been on my fitness journey for about three years. After losing about 50 lbs, I started competing in figure and bikini competitions in 2010, something that 3 three years ago I would have never thought possible. So far, I have competed in four competitions, and am currently prepping for two more this fall. However, my journey hasn’t been about achieving a certain standard or percentage of body fat, but about realizing my full potential. It is about the confidence I have gained and the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind to. And most importantly, it is about the inspiration that I can give to others to do the same.
What Made You Decide to Get Fit and Healthy?
After moving to Ontario from Alberta 7 years ago, I started gaining weight and my health started to suffer. My before picture was taken when I was at my all-time heaviest weight of 185 lbs. Every time I see it, I just want to cry. I remember how self-conscious and miserable I was. I didn’t like who I had become, and I knew I had to make a change. I cleaned up my diet, started working with weights, and incorporated cardio training. Over the course of 18 months, I succeeded in losing nearly 50 lbs and over 25 inches, and I did it on my own without the assistance of a trainer.
What is Your Nutrition Philosophy?
Get rid of the processed junk and eat real food, every 2.5 to 3 hours. I plan my meals in advance and make sure I take in adequate protein, fiber and water. I also take an elite-level multi-vitamin daily, and other natural supplements as required depending on my goals at the time.
What is Your Exercise Philosophy?
Push yourself hard! And don’t just do cardio! Weight training is what truly transformed my shape. Lifting weights was uncomfortable and intimidating at first, but I stuck to it and the pay-off was there. I am not a big fan of cardio, so I do as little as I can possibly get away with (depending largely on whether I am prepping for a competition or not).
What Was the Most Important Thing You Learned During Your Transformation?
I learned the two most important components to success:
– You have to really want to do it. Bad enough to make some very difficult decisions. Bad enough to make the extra effort and put in the extra time to make it happen. Bad enough to not care what other people think. Bad enough to never give up when the going gets tough.
– You have to believe that you can do it. Never underestimate yourself and don’t be afraid to push hard for what you want to achieve. Almost everyone is capable of doing more than they think. If this was easy, then there wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic. Never lose faith in yourself.
What Mistake(s) Should People Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight?
Be realistic. Real life is not like the reality shows on TV. Don’t expect to lose 15 pounds in a week. Don’t expect to look like a fashion model in three months. It simply won’t happen, and if it does, it will only be a short term thing and have disastrous effects on your health. Healthy and permanent weight loss happens at a slow and steady pace.
What Advice Do You Have For Others?
Find your motivation and inspiration. While losing weight and getting into shape is something that you must ultimately do for yourself, remember what your motivation is for doing it. This is what will keep you going when you are discouraged, so make sure it is something that you really want or believe in. I think Henry Ford said it best: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking!
Be sure to check out the past editions of How They Did It. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the How They Did It body transformation series, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’re interested. More details will be provided. Don’t be shy. Your story will inspire others!