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Happy Friday! Today we learn about instructor Sydne Sullivan’s weight loss journey. Currently at her eleventh month marker, she has made some great progress.

1) Tell us about your weekly routine at Burn.
I take classes when I can!  I end up taking class a few times a month.  I would take more classes if I could, but my schedule is pretty packed these days.  I love trying out other instructor’s classes to see what they’re up to.  I always get great ideas for my own classes and it’s a lot of fun!  Burn classes are great because you see progress really quickly.  For me I noticed improvement in my leg springs after a few classes and the arm springs/weights after a couple of weeks.  It’s such a huge victory when you notice you can step out a little farther towards the aisle or pick up some heavier weights for the first time!

2) What are the top changes you’ve made to get where you are today?
I drink a lot of water every day.  It keeps me hydrated, makes my skin look great, and helps me cut down on mindless eating.  I drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day, and sometimes if it’s hot or I’ve gotten lots of workout time in it’s a whole gallon!  The biggest change I made was meal prepping and planning every week.  When I eat food I make it in my own kitchen and feel so much better.  I notice a huge dip in my energy level now if I eat out more than once a week!  I also have shifted how I think about food.  Now that I take my lunch to work with me I can use my lunch hour to run errands or take a walk.  Food is fuel and it’s no big deal to eat pretty similarly every day.  Apart from special occasions or when I want to try a new recipe, I tend to keep things pretty simple.

3) Do you have any tips for anyone looking to lose weight?
My biggest piece of advice to anyone who wants to lose weight is to stop right there and think about what you really want.  All the other times in my life that I have attempted to lose weight I have failed because I was only focused on what I looked like and not what I felt like.  This time has been so different for me because I switched my energy from looking good to feeling good.  Eating more nutritious meals is not about fitting into a smaller dress size to me anymore, it’s about making decisions that make me feel good and help me accomplish my fitness goals—like running my first half marathon in October! Short term fad diets to lose 10 pounds for an event give you short term results.  If you want to make a permanent change in your body you have to make a permanent lifestyle change to go along with it.

4) What made you want to improve your health?
I was about to turn 26 last year when I started focusing on my health and I was already experiencing daily knee and hip pain.  I knew that I was putting myself at risk for diabetes and all sorts of medical conditions that I didn’t want to end up with if I didn’t change my ways.  I went through years of college and a masters program (7 years of higher education) and focused on my studies while neglecting my physical and mental health.  Being out of school has made me realize that my health needs to be a top priority going forward, and the other areas of my life are structured around it.

Weekly, Sydne updates her Instagram with progress shots and other daily fitness tips/routines. Follow her Instagram @fitfabsf to keep updated with her journey and learn more about her at her site @ http://fitfabsf.com.

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