This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for awhile. Sometimes the longer you put something off the harder it becomes…<deep breath>…here goes…
First know this, what you see is what you get with me. I am the same person at the PTA, gym, bible study and in sharing my health and fitness story online – aka my blog and social media channels. I always try to share my heart, small wins and slumps. I’m not afraid to share the deeper more vulnerable parts because I know it’s God’s story – not mine.
When I began my journey to get in shape after having 3 kids in 4 years I shared my progress initially on my personal Facebook page. It was so hard to share photos of myself in a bikini for all to see but I really needed accountability. As I progressed, I found a desire to help others NOT feel the way I had been feeling for so long.
I shared how I started with the 21 day fix, an at home workout coupled with portion controlled clean eating. Over the course of 6 months or so using the meal plan, workouts, other Beachbody programs and running I lost approx. 25 pounds.
As you can see in this before and after photo I lost the weight, but I also lost a lot of muscle. In the beginning I was hungry a lot but over time my body became used to eating less. There were times when I would go off plan on the weekends, parties, vacations. During those times I would feel shame/guilt if I overate or ate off plan. It never came easily for me. Making the choice to eat clean and smaller portions was a daily battle.
Looking back and knowing what I know now from personal experience and research, I followed the weight loss part of the program for too long and didn’t learn how to healthfully increase calories. As time went on and I started eating more foods and adding in old bad habits. Can you guess what happened? Yep. I started to gain back the weight.
Couple those choices with my Hypothyroid disease and anxiety I started gain more and more…
Then began the cycle of committing to a new program for 30-60 days followed by eating off plan. I was struggling with maintaining. It was like 2 steps forward 3 steps back.
I would up my cardio but in turn up my cheats and treats. In my mind “maintaining” meant I wasn’t concerned with losing anymore weight so that meant more room for more food right? Well, yes and no. As you can guess I continued to gain body fat/weight back…
I am so thankful for what I learned about portion control and clean eating while following the 21 day fix !! This program truly SIMPLIFIES the process of counting macros into color coded containers. You have clear lists of what you can and cannot eat. I highly recommend the program for someone who wants to eat more nutritious food, start a balanced exercise program and learn about portions/macros!!
It’s still the program I will continue to live my life by and help my clients with. It’s still the program I will use as a guide as I maintain eating whole nutritious foods as well as learning how to be more flexible at times without shame or guilt. <INSERT> Flexible dieting/Macros.
Long story short, as humans we are always evolving. The exercise program and eating habits that worked for us when we were 20 won’t work when we are 30. What worked for us when we were 30 won’t work when we are 50. Everyone’s body is always changing and we have to keep learning, growing and adjusting our exercise and meal plans according to our personal goals.
So, what’s my plan moving forward? In a nutshell it is to always strive to eat the best foods I can. Listen to my body. When I’m craving sweets, LISTEN! When I’m craving rest, LISTEN! Drink my Shakeology daily. Eat fruits, veggies and healthy fats. Try to keep processed foods, sweets, treats and alcohol in check by tracking my Macros/Flexible Dieting.
I plan to lift weights at least 3 days a week, include 1-2 HIIT training days, include the occasional run (gasp! Coming from this ex marathon and half marathoner I feel cray cray) and practice Yoga AT LEAST once a week!!
I am so excited about what’s to come!! Be sure to stay tuned and never hesitate to ask questions!! I love nothing more than to help other ladies feel and look their best so they can give their best to this world!!!
Thanks so much for reading and following my journey. Thank you for your love, patience and kindness. I am so thankful to everyone who has been apart of the last 2ish years since I decided to share my story and help others. Without you, I would have given up!!
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