In the early twenties, Courtney Hendon was like many women, playing a game of love / hate with her body and random numbers on a scale. Her weight rose and fell for many years, at one point hitting 200 pounds. He undoubtedly went higher, but she was so discouraged that she stopped using the scale.
Today Hendon weighs 122 pounds. Not only was the weight loss impressive, but the mental balance and freedom she gained was free. “I feel so free from all the worries and anxieties that I had, because I try to be my version of my very best, and not someone else’s,” she says.
Now, 36, Hendon looks, feels and lives better than ever before. She balances family life with a demanding career as a registered nurse, arguing that the ever-popular healthy lifestyle is not just an unattainable fantasy for moms like her.
Snapshot: Courtney Hendon
- Height: 5 & # 39; 4 "
- Weight: 122 lbs.
- Gender: Male
- Social links: Instagram
When did you first start to struggle with your weight?
As I recall, I was overweight and a very shy fact. Kids will bully me about my size. I was very active and played volleyball and softball, but my diet was terrible. I remember trying to lose weight in elementary school. These efforts continued into adulthood through many fancy diets.
What was the biggest fight for you?
A healthy diet has always been the most difficult for me. I will not eat for long periods of time and limit calories and carbohydrates to dangerously low levels to get skinny. Then at night I will drink any food on which I can take my hands. My mother visited me in the first year of college in 2002. We took a bunch of pictures together, and I was terrified to see how much weight — about 65 pounds — I really gained. I continued to try different diets, but I never lingered with any of them long enough to see any changes.
When did you first realize that you need to make a change?
Only in 2007, when I met my husband, did I enter the gym. My weight continued to fluctuate, despite attempts at diet and exercise. Then in 2008 I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. For those who do not know, Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the lining of the digestive tract. My doctor instructed me about lifestyle changes that were meant to remove me from remission and reduce the number of outbreaks.
What did these lifestyle changes look like?
I had to stop eating a lot of foods that I like, including those with gluten and dairy products. I had to stop visiting fast food restaurants and start cooking my own food at home. I started eating healthier foods, such as fiber-free eggs, chicken with beef and chicken, turkey, protein powder, green vegetables, and sweet potatoes. I also needed to reduce stress, lift exercise and lose weight.
You are the mother of two. How did the family affect you after you found out about your condition?
We had our first son in 2011. After birth, I was left with over 65 pounds and tons of stretch marks and loose skin. I was depressed and lost a bit of the confidence I gained. I did not want to go to the gym weighing over 200 pounds because I was afraid to be tried. I avoided family, work, friends, or anything related to leaving the house.
What was your moment?
When I returned to work after a maternity leave, I noticed that my colleague had lost a lot of weight. I asked her what she did for that. That's when she introduced me to Bodybuilding.com. I went home and spent a few days researching on the website, uploading training plans, nutritional articles and supplements, as well as amazing transformations of people who at one point looked just like me.
Was there a specific program that helped you make progress?
The first plan I did was Jamie Ezon’s 12-week training session. After completing the program I was connected! Over the past three years, I have been involved in many of the challenges of transforming Bodybuilding.com, including the $ 250K Challenge. Participation in these events led me to meet so many motivating and supportive people.
How has this created long-term change for you as your family grows?
Having a better lifestyle, we became pregnant again and gave birth to our second son in 2014. I gained over 65 pounds, but this time it was different. Thanks to Bodybuilding.com, I had all the tools I needed on hand to get back into shape.
What supplements did you start taking?
What would you say is your greatest achievement besides physical change?
It took me years to get where I am today. I am no longer obsessed with weight or junk food. I grew up to love the workout and eat the food that feeds my body. I can finally look in the mirror and love what I see. I pursue the strong, not the skinny!
How do all these positive changes play a role in everyday life and relationships?
I cook all my food and train six days a week. I am a wife, mother for two little boys, and I work as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit. So, I am very busy, but I also deserve to be happy and take care of myself. My husband is the best, always supporting me and helping me to achieve my goals. He loved me at all stages of my transformation. Despite the fact that he also works for long hours, like a fireman, he manages to take care of everything at home.
What is your favorite role in being Bodybuilding.com ambassador?
I am blessed with being Bodybuilding.com ambassador because he allows me to return the company that helped me to give an extra push to control my life and health. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to become an ambassador and I like to share my story.