When I was little I was always told to “finish my food” before I could leave the table.
When I was in high school and my first boyfriend broke up with me my dad offered to take me out to eat, whatever I wanted (picture Portillos chocolate cake shake, bacon cheeseburger, and large cheese fries).
When I was 22 I was experiencing chronic heart burn for 2 weeks straight. I looked up causes and it said foods such as: alcohol, pizza, chocolate, etc. can make it worse. All the things I was consuming! I was consuming them in rotation due to going out every weekend and getting blackout drunk and then nursing my hangover with pizza.
It took gaining weight and teetering on the verge of 200 pounds for me to realize I needed to shift. Shift my focus, mindset, physical well-being, everything.
I had always been an active kid and did cheerleading in high school so I was always in shape but I didn’t understand what I was putting in my body and the effects it would have on me in the long run. It’s not my parents fault or anyone’s fault but what I started to realize was my mindset on food was sabotaging my progress.
I started a nutrition program that helped me see the errors of my ways and taught me how to look at food differently. How to combat emotional eating when I was stressed and how to properly fuel myself so that I was losing weight every day. Beyond that I was learning how to handle my stress in a way that was positive and I wasn’t turning to food for comfort anymore.
Just so we’re clear I still eat pizza and haven’t given up a single carb!
What I’ve also learned from this program is that I’m not alone. I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: I’m not alone. I’m part of an amazing support system that I couldn’t have lost the weight without. The women in the Facebook group I’m in share recipes, tips, NSV (non-scale victories), obstacles when we’re having a tough day or hitting a plateau. I’m not even kidding, every time I’ve posted that I’ve been stuck at the same weight or having trouble reaching a new goal, as soon as I post it in this group I lose the weight the next day! We’re not witches but the power of positivity is real!
Speaking of NSV (non-scale victories) here’s just a few of mine:
– No more sciatic nerve pain
– No more shin splints
– No more heart burn
– No more thighs rubbing together
– Went from a size 12 to a 6
– Fitting back into clothes I didn’t think I could wear again
– My waist went from 38″ down to 25″ (13″ overall)
– I can lunge with 75lbs
– I cut down on drinking in exchange for a healthier mindset and body
– I developed a better relationship with food
– I stopped drinking soda
– I have found alternative forms of treats that don’t include food
– I have a more positive mindset and outlook in life
That’s just to name a few! I love how far I’ve come in my journey and I know I still have a ways to go. I’m still working on toning and tightening my body and learning about my body every step of the way.
That’s just it – it’s a learning process.
What works for me might not work for you. I stopped eating Chipotle because of all the sodium. Instead, I make my own version:
I never thought I’d be the person to meal prep weekly but I find that it keeps me accountable throughout the week and I know what I’m putting into my body.
I’ve also developed a gym routine that I find helps ease my overall anxiety and makes seeing my progress that much more enjoyable. Working out with a trainer has helped me correct my moves and develop muscles I didn’t know I have. That in combination with my nutrition has helped me accomplish new PR (personal records) with weight lifting and even get down to a 7:53min mile run!
I love the journey I’m on and I would love to connect with people who are stuck or just need help taking that first step!
Here’s the link to my nutrition program I follow! There are so many videos to watch to give you ideas for what to eat at each meal and WHY. If you have an event coming up, how to mentally prepare so you don’t over snack on finger foods. If you’re taking a vacation how to treat yourself (it doesn’t have to be food)! I could go on but I’d love for you to consider the program for yourself and reach out to me if you have any questions!