LaDawn played sports growing up, so she burned off most of the excess calories she was consuming. When that wasn't enough, she began wearing loose clothing. But at a certain point, it became painfully obvious that LaDawn Latawiec was overweight.
After an eye-opening joke about weight gain from her uncle during a family Christmas gathering, LaDawn's self-esteem took a hit. After a night of Netflix and food binging, she finally came to the realization that things needed to change. Signing up for a Bodybuilding.com challenge in 2015 kicked off her journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Despite several life hurdles and roadblocks, she managed to stay the course.
This is LaDawn's story.
Why Did You Decide To Transform?
I was sick and tired of being uncomfortable with my body. I'd felt that way since childhood and all the way through my four years spent in university. I never felt fit enough to wear a bikini or a tight dress. In tenth grade, I remember saying I wanted to get in shape and lose my tummy, but it took 10 years for me to make a change. Once I did, my whole outlook on life changed.
How Did Things Change?
People around me started to look up to me for being the fit one, which I loved! I had friends and family ask me questions about how I was achieving my goals, and I loved sharing things with them! The confidence I gained once I learned what to do in a weight room was amazing. I feel better now than I ever have! I no longer worry about having that slice of pizza because I know the occasional cheat meal is okay. I don't worry about being invited to the beach, because I know that I can rock a bikini. The best part about being confident is always smiling!
How Did You Accomplish Your Goals?
Once I decided to change my life for good, I made drastic changes. In January 2015, I entered the Bodybuilding.com transformation challenge. That was the first time I stuck to something for 12 full weeks. I meal prepped every Sunday to prepare for my long work week. I was working six days a week for up to 12 hours a day, so preparation was key!
I also dedicated my evenings to the gym instead of spending time on my couch or with friends. I even spent two or three mornings a week doing fasted cardio before work. I wanted to quit so many times during those 12 weeks, but every time I felt that way, I watched an inspirational video or read articles online. I would also talk to some people on Bodyspace to get my butt back in gear, but a lot of my inspiration came from my dad! He's been lifting weights his whole life.