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My Weight Loss Journey

An Idea is Born

My name is Estee Ratliff and I’m a 30-something born, raised, & still residing in Philadelphia, PA. I’ve constantly had battles with my weight since the 4th grade. In the 10th grade, I blew up to a whopping 26/28, 280 lbs. At that time I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disease.

At age 19 I started exercising 5 days a week. Doing that for a few months, I lost 20 lbs, became a size 22/24 and my Fibromyalgia went into remission. I started going back to school and enjoying my adult life.

Getting Started

At the age of 21 I started working out on my own again and I was happily getting into a size 20. It didn’t take too long for me to become lackadaisical and slowly creep back into a size 22/24.

At the age of 24 I finally decided that I couldn’t do this anymore! I was out of breathe and out of shape. I watoo young for that! It just clicked one day and I started going back to the gym in July 2006. I figured out that I wasn’t really a “gym” person, as I was easily swayed from going to the gym everyday, so I started my love of workout dvds and my ‘home gym’… my living room and dvd player!

Home Workouts

I lost 50lbs doing home workouts and cutting my food portions. I then hit a plateau. I found and Turbo Jam. I love to dance, so that was the best workout program for me to lose weight. 

I started Turbo Jam on January 20th, 2007, secured her full collection of Turbo Jam workouts and lost 30 pounds in 5 months . I LOVE them all and kept them as a staple in my daily workouts

After hitting another plateau, I thought it was time to “switch it up again”. I heard that Chalene Johnson was coming out with a new workout series somewhat like P90X. I figured it was time for me to tone and hoped my final residual weight would go with my muscle toning.

In my first month on ChaLEAN Extreme I lost 13.4lbs and 8.25 inches all over.By July 2009, I lost 22.6lbs with ChaLEAN Extreme & forever changed my love of “lifting heavy”.

Gone but never forgotten…

In September 2009 my Mother passed away. I became the caregiver of my Father with Alzheimers. In January 2012 my Father passed away. I gained back 55lbs of the 100 I lost… 

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Do You Even Lift, Bro?

In April 2012, after being asked to be a bridesmaid in a Barbados wedding, I got my new jolt in life. I began P90X in August 2012. 

By November 2012, I needed a new boost so I began a heavy lifting program at the gym. I found 3 Female Training videos on the Physiques of Greatness (POG) YouTube channel. Heavy lifting not only changed my entire body structure, it has change my LIFE! I absolutely fell in LOVE with it!

By February 2013, I was down 40lbs again.

VIDEO: Losing & Maintaining an 100lb weight loss… (pix & vlog)
VIDEO: 100lb Weight Loss (includes April 2013 pix)

From November 2012 to December 2015 I continuously kept up my heavy lifting program “bro split”. I added in new exercises & ideas I found via YouTube, Instagram, blogs, etc to keep it fresh & new!

VIDEO: 7 months, 30 lb weight loss, 90 lb strength GAINZ: DEADLIFT comparison
VIDEO: #TransformationTuesday of an 100lb weight loss
VIDEO: FAQFriday: Voyage to 100lb #weightloss AND Female #WeightLifting

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Calling In The Coach! #2016NextLevel

Since I’ve been doing this weight loss “game” for so long, mid-2015 I decided to try to fix my metabolism. I “bulked” until I hit 200 lbs. in September 2015. I tried to start a “cut” but unfortunately I couldn’t get my numbers back down. By December 2015, I got up to 208 lbs. I decided to give myself the best Christmas present ever. I hired 1 year of professional fitness coaching help! I’ve been a fan of Chris “BeastMode” Jones since 2012 so I thought it would be a great idea to make him my online coach! I loved every minute of the journey! The lowered stress, the constant feedback, etc, were worth every penny!

VIDEO: Honest BeastModeJonesCoaching Review – Day 121 (MONTH 4 of 12)!
VIDEO: Physique Update: 6 months with Chris Jones’ coaching

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Support System

With an amazing mate by my side, I am able to keep not only myself encouraged, but to help encourage others to keep going – to keep striving – and that it IS possible!

Please believe, the path can be bumpy – but the road to success always will be. Once you reach your final destination – the rewards will be so sweet! This – I can wholeheartedly promise you!

My #SwoleMate

As I continue to reach for my goal, I remind myself that life is not only about macros, meal prep, & exercise.YOU MUST LIVE LIFE! If not, then what’s the use in getting healthy if you don’t enjoy it?! Here’s a quick snippet of the fun I had in 2015/2016 finding my balance because THIS IS A LIFESTYLE FOR ME!

fun I had in 2015/2016 finding my balance

Thanks to my continued success in living a healthier lifestyle, I am honored to be a brand ambassador for the PHILADELPHIA HEART ASSOCIATION

Click here for more details on my ambassadorship!

American Heart Association Ambassador

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Help Me Help You

If you would like someone like me in your corner, cheering you on, answering your questions, and guiding you through one of the most emotional battles in life, feel free to contact me

If anything, I can always say “I understand”, and “I know what you are going through”. Sometimes, that is all you need – someone that understands; someone who GETS YOU! I will always know what struggles you are going, have gone, and will go through. I will be there for you every step of the way as I have traveled the same road as you.

For exercise & workout ideas, head on over to my YouTube Page. I always like to keep my workouts new & interesting; WeightLifting, HIIT, Cardio, CrossFit, Dancing, etc.

Daily Gym Selfies & quick workout videos are available on my Instagram page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

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