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One year wrap-up in 905 words ^_^

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So today marks one year since I started this weight loss journey and decided to change my lifestyle to a healthier one FOR GOOD.  Though I did my first 21 Day Fix workout on February 24, 2014, I have to backtrack a little bit to when my challenge pack first arrived.  There was one bigger book with a whole lot of colors and lists, and like three little pamphets, plus three dvds, a bunch of containers that seemed so tiny, a shaker cup and this giant bag of Shakeology.  I was very nervous and trepidatious at first, because everything else I had been trying hadn’t worked.  I’d lose some weight then gain it right back the second I looked at chocolate cake or pizza.  It was logical to be skeptical right?  But then I sat down and started calculating.  TWO THOUSAND CALORIES.  The program had me eating five times a day and 2000 calories.  Sheyeah right.  I had literally been shooting for 1200 ever since I could remember…but I decided that I had to give it the three weeks and put my trust in something unknown to see what it could do.

My coach had added me to a private online accountability group and we had to check in, and show pictures of our food, and take sweaty selfies, and share our experiences with each other.  Not only had weight loss and fitness been a pretty individual thing for me up until that point, but a lot of the other challengers didn’t have much to lose and I felt like the token fat chick.  But I quickly learned a lot of things about myself and others in just those three weeks.  The first thing I learned was, just because someone is a size 2 doesn’t mean they are happy with their body.  I was confused why someone so small would want to be doing a diet and exercise program.  I had assumed that everyone did Beachbody programs because they wanted to lose weight.  Little did I know that the nutrition plans that were provided with the programs not only could help someone lose weight, but could assist in maintaining and even GAINING weight!  And the workout programs all have a modifier to make things lower impact, while there’s always some over-zealous person on screen to amp things up a bit, too.  And I was also participating in this group with some ladies that were very comfortable with their size 18 bodies, but just wanted to be healthier wives, moms, lovers, etc.  I quickly learned that everyone is on their own journey, and you should never compare your journey to anyone else’s.  We all have different steps to follow, and even missteps we will take along the way.  We have different reasons and motivation that push us in the directions we go, and temptations that will drive us backward if we let them.

Those little containers weren’t so little after I realized how much food you really could eat when it was fueling your body for optimal nutrition and health.  Long gone were the days of starving myself on purpose, eating 1200 calories without taking into account the workout I did for the day, or chain-smoking to keep myself from overeating.  This was a much more advanced way of thinking but strangely simplistic and easy to follow once I got the hang of it.  The workouts kicked my ass, but in all honesty I hadn’t really put forth the effort I needed to start burning fat and raising my metabolism to help me from the inside out.   And 21 days later I was 6 pounds and 9.5 inches smaller and on my way to being healthier, happier, and more confident.  It was then that I made the decision to become a coach because I had found a solution that works and it was like the Fountain of Youth…I just needed to share it with everyone so they could see results, too.

Fast foward to today and here’s a quick recap of my accomplishments over the past 365 days, of which I’m pretty darn proud…

–I completed three dedicated rounds of the 21 Day Fix
–I nailed the 14-week Focus T25 program (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma)
–I dabbled in a TurboFire/PiYo hybrid while training for the half
–Oh yeah…I trained 12 weeks for and completed a half marathon (with no walking)
–I am three days from completing the 60 day Les Mills Combat program
–I am about to start 21 Day Fix Extreme on Monday, March 2nd
–I now coach 133 people and lead a team of 11 coaches
-I have lost 49.1 pounds and 36 inches.
-I went from a size 18 to a size 10; XL to medium.
-I have more confidence, I’m healthier,  I have plenty of energy to complete my tasks, my body is able to handle more than it ever could, and I’m happier.

And my journey is not over yet. No, I didn’t quite make it to fifty pounds before my one year, like I had imagined, but with everything else that I’ve gained (and lost) this year, I could hardly be disappointed in myself.  I’ve worked really hard, but played really hard, too.  I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  And I’ll be the first to admit that some of the choices I make still aren’t the healthiest.  But I make it work and I know how to reel it back in and get back on track.  This isn’t just a diet or a 21 day program…it’s a lifestyle.  And I’m never going back.

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You are what you eat!

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One of the questions I get the most is, “What have you been eating?”  And you’d be surprised how much I actually do eat!  It’s a common misconception that you have to eat LESS to lose weight…when in fact you need to eat so much MORE than you ever expected!  The difference is WHAT you are eating/drinking!  So here are some of the main things that have worked for me…and will hopefully work for you!

  • Make sure to have a balanced diet that is nutrient-rich, including fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats.  Try to spread the food you eat over at least 5 meals a day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks (though, what times you eat them will vary with your schedule of course!).  Eating meals/snacks 2-3 hours apart increases and maintains your metabolism, allowing for better fat burn.  Take a multivitamin to help for any areas that are lacking.
  • Try to stay away from overly processed foods.  The less ingredients listed on the back, the better.  Also try and make sure you can pronounce them all!  I know it’s difficult to always eat fresh or personally prepared foods, but processed foods are normally loaded with sugar and sodium and it makes it harder for your body to handle.  Just be aware of your labels!
  • You also need to pay attention to the portion sizes of foods and beverages you are consuming.  Many places you eat outside of your home give you DOUBLE if not TRIPLE the portions of foods you should eat.  If you can’t eat at home or plan your meal ahead of time, try to share a meal with another person or ask for a box right away and cut your portion in at least half to have for lunch/dinner another day.  Many menus now have healthier choices offered, so those are usually the better choice, but watch sauces and dressings as they can add unnecessary sugar and sodium.
  • Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water PER DAY.  Better yet, drink half of your weight in ounces.  Water helps to flush your system and keep you hydrated, especially if you’re working out or being active.
  • Rid your home of as many empty calories as you can (soda, cookies, candy, etc.).  If you don’t have the temptation around, it will be harder for you to eat/drink it.  That doesn’t mean eat it all in one day so that you feel your worst before starting to feel your best…give it away, donate it, or just simply throw it out.  This has been the BIGGEST thing that has helped me.  I know it’s harder if those you live with aren’t participating in the same changes, but at least try to put them out of view if possible.  And who knows, the others in your household might follow suit!
  • Keep track of what you eat and drink.  You can use a journal, a piece of paper, or a phone/tablet app.  I personally use My Fitness Pal.  You can find just about everything in their database, including restaurants, homemade items, and more.  There’s even a barcode scanner within the app to make things a little easier.  Seeing what you eat/drink written out puts everything into perspective.  You might be surprised how many calories you’re actually taking in…many times too much but sometimes too little!
  • And finally, even with the above being said, don’t deprive yourself of EVERYTHING you want.  Allow yourself to have a treat every once in awhile.  But give yourself just enough to satisfy the craving, not dedicating an entire day of eating/drinking poorly just because you had 6 days of eating/drinking well.  And remember, no workout can undo a bad diet.  If you’re only working out so you can eat more calories, you’re not putting yourself at the proper deficit to lose weight.

Honestly, the biggest thing that has worked for me is the introduction of Shakeology into my daily diet.  It has satisfied any craving I have for sweets (especially chocolate), gives me more energy, helps my muscles recover after my workout, eliminated PMS symptoms, and satisfies my appetite for 2-3 hours when I’m on the go.  In the past, I have just always been hungry and wanted to eat anything in sight.  I haven’t had that problem in MONTHS, plus I haven’t gotten sick or had an eczema outbreak since I starting drinking it daily.

I titled this post, “you are what you eat,” and I couldn’t agree more with that common phrase.  If all you decide to eat is nutrient-lacking foods full of fat and empty calories, you are putting your body at risk for weight gain and health problems.  Everyone is different, so find what works for you.  Some of you will be able to make all of these changes all at once…some need to take it one step at a time.  I recommend baby steps, because taking on too much at once can set you up for failure.  Make changes at a pace you can handle to try and lead a healthier lifestyle.  Don’t think of it as a diet as much as a lifestyle change…you’re becoming a better you!

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