Grimmway Farms & myself have teamed up to find some AMAZING weight loss success stories! Whether that is a 5 pound loss or a 200 pound loss…we want to hear your stories!
This week, our FIRST week, we have had the pleasure of talking to Clayton Mulford! He is an INCREDIBLE inspiration & has lost his weight & maintained it for a long time! Thank you so much for talking to me, Clayton! Hope you all enjoy the interview We can all learn a lot from this guy!
Courtney: When did you start your weight loss journey?
Clayton: I started my journey in May of 2010….. I was laying in bed one on night and I never watch the fox news at 9 but that night I did and that is where I saw the advertisement for the contest wealth for my health. I knew I needed to sign up that night! And so I did.
Courtney: What was the first step you took to begin? Do you remember the specific moment that it clicked for you, or was it more of a gradual process?
Clayton: It really set in when I submitted my application to be on the contest. Once I got the approval it was very exciting. I remember the opening night and getting paired with Marty Wolff, the first work out with him I knew this was going to be a very long journey but one that I needed to do for myself.
Courtney: Did/do you have a personal trainer or did you do it on your own?
Clayton: During the contest I met with Marty once a week. Once I started loosing more weight and realized that I could loose more than my goal of 35 lbs I started working out with Marty 4-6 times a week with him. Sometimes I would go in the morning and then go back at night. It was never one on one training but yet a group of us, sometimes a larger group of 20 or so and then other times it would be our pals group of just 4 of us. Once I started feeling comfortable I started going to my own gym and working out on my own as well. Now that I have lost the weight, I work out with Marty once a week and hit the gym myself 2-3 times a week.
Courtney: Can you lay out what a day of workouts/activities might look for you? Is what you do now to maintain similar to what you did to lose weight?
Clayton: To lose the weight it was a lot of cardio and just movement, some running laps, pulling marty around with a rope, flipping a big tire, lots of squats, push ups, sit ups, crunches and running. Marty just wanted us to stay moving and keep the heart rate up. Now that I have lost the weight I do still a lot of cardio but more of the stair stepper and bike, vs running and I do still my cardiovascular, sit ups, push ups, crunches and all that. I also do some weight classes to help tone up a little and keep fit as well. I still believe it just a matter of getting your heart rate up, so that is what I accomplish when I work out.
Courtney: What types of foods did you eat while losing weight? Are there one or two foods that are “staples” in your refrigerator?
Clayton: HMMMMM well I LOVE my veggies, must have a veggie with each supper! And I would say that fish and chicken are right up there as well. Those seemed to be the most of the foods that I would use to help loose the weight, and yogurt, it’s a great with some fresh blueberries and low fat vanilla yogurt.
Courtney: What keeps you motivated and accountable?
Clayton: Just the fact that I have put soooooo much work into this that I can not let myself go back. I have made this journey so public that I would not want to let my friends and family down by gaining the weight back . They all supported me while I was doing this and now I need to prove to all of them that I can keep it. I do still struggle with the feeling that I am “fat” so I just have to remind myself where I came from and remember to keep food journaling and to not waste my calories. Yes I do still food journal…… That and measuring my food to make sure I have correct portions are two of the biggest things I recommend!
Here are a few more things that Clayton let me know about his journey! I felt as though these things HAD to be added here
How do you handle stress and emotions without turning to food?
Clayton: If I don’t buy it, it’s not there. I don’t allow myself any impulse buys. When it comes to grocery
shopping, I make a list and stick to it. Be prepared. I can still abuse the healthy stuff (protein bars, etc.)
so I still have to make a conscience effort to stop myself. If I am hungry at night, I allow myself one
healthy snack. If I am still hungry, I make myself wait 20 minutes to allow my body to register the food
I just ate. If I don’t buy it, I can’t abuse it. I pay at the pump and don’t enter convenience stores – too
many temptations. I have gotten in the habit of avoiding temptation; it’s hard to give into temptation
when it doesn’t present itself!
What has helped you sustain your healthy lifestyle?
Clayton: The fact that I made my journey public. I shouted from the rooftops (of Facebook) that I was
starting this journey. I didn’t want to let anyone down. Now, I am continuously pushing for more and
encouraging other people to join this journey with me. There became a day where I was pushing my
trainer to try new activities and was competing with him. I have found my internal drive to NEVER settle.
I am always pushing myself, reaching for more.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along this journey?
Clayton: I learned that if you want something bad enough, it’s ultimately up to YOU to go after it.
Dedicate yourself completely and you can have anything you want. But be careful, you can also
sabotage yourself right out of success. I have been able to apply this to other areas of my life as well.
I wanted to obtain my real estate license. Nobody could do it for me… I had to do it. I set a goal, I
followed through and now I am a licensed real estate agent!
I LOVE Clayton’s last answer!! It IS ultimately up to you! Take self-responsibility and start TODAY! Thank you so much for your time, Clayton! We appreciate you so very much and on behalf of myself & Grimmway Farms, we are SO proud of you!
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