Barry’s Babe: Kelly Benini

CURRENT STATS

AGE: 23 YEARS OLD

HEIGHT: Standing tall at 5 ft. 8 inches.

BEFORE: 211 pounds on December 2014

AFTER: 155 pounds, February 2016

HOME BASE: Barry’s West Hollywood

ABOUT ME:

I grew up on the East Coast, and went to college at Syracuse University. Two days after graduation, I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles, CA. I am currently pursing my dreams by working in the music business!

Q: How did your Barry’s journey begin?

A: I heard about Barry’s through a celebrity gossip magazine. I subscribed to the Barry’s list serve when I first moved to LA, but didn’t engage until they sent an email about a 90-minute class that was going to be hosted by Adrian Grenier. As a massive fan of the TV show Entourage, I had to check it out!

At the 60-minute mark, the class changed format to include a partner. One of the activities was to complete one mile as fast as possible with your partner. My partner and I had rotated every 90-120 seconds, but I ended up with the last rotation. I was STRUGGLING to maintain a jog/run/sprint speed. I noticed everyone else was done and a crowd had formed around my treadmill, cheering me to the finish! I knew this was the type of community I wanted to be involved in.

Q: How has Barry’s changed your outlook and mental health?

A: I routinely attend Seth Gee’s Monday and Wednesday classes at 8:15. There have been two quotes that have stuck with me since training at Barry’s: “You already possess everything you need to change your life,” and “If you want to see change, you can’t keep doing the same thing.”

I’ve always possessed a great motivation for my career, but never a consistent focus on building my mental and physical strength. I thought I would be stuck with the body composition I had, and would suffer with disordered eating for the rest of my life. Barry’s has helped to make me physically strong, and through the support of Seth and my Barry’s 8:15 crew, mentally tough!

Q: How has Barry’s changed your body?

I had never worn a bikini in my adult life, and would avoid sleeveless shirts at all costs. I now proudly wear both!

Q: How has losing so much weight changed your life and relationships with your loved ones?

When you lose a lot of weight, you no longer have the crutch of emotional eating that you once had. You have to face emotions head on and figure out how to handle them. I am lucky to be surrounded with friends and family who have been supportive of my journey. Through this journey, I’ve become a much more positive person, and I now prioritize my own happiness.

Q: Do you follow a particular diet? If so, which one?

I track my caloric intake through the application, MyFitnessPal. Aside from calorie tracking, I look at the macro and micro nutrients that different foods provide. This is to ensure that I am eating to maintain optimal nutrition.

Q: Any advice for others who are reading your story and contemplating losing weight?

1. You need to make changes that you can stick with. Any changes that you make you need to be comfortable with doing for the rest of your life.

2. Nourish your body with nutrient dense foods and do work outs that keep you entertained or have you striving toward a bigger goal (e.g., a half or full marathon).

Q: What are your health goals?

After completing my first full LA marathon this month in 4 hours, 26 minutes and 21 seconds; I plan to work on increasing my pace to eventually run a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
I plan to lose another 10-20 pounds, but I am in no rush since I am extremely proud of my current physique. THANK YOU, Barry’s Bootcamp!!!

Follow Kelly’s continuing fitness journey here:
Instagram: @KellyBenini
Twitter: @KellyBenini