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Depending on how long you have known me, you have seen me at not only many sizes, but many different levels of fitness and weights too. Back in 2008 when my consciousness came alive to the fact that I was killing myself “not so” slowly with food, alcohol, cigarettes, and a sedentary lifestyle, I started making changes. First, I cut back on ONE thing. Then I added/subtracted things to improve my health SLOWLY over the next several months. And over the next 2 years or so, I lost 148 POUNDS! I was quite literally HALF my heaviest weight! At that point, I was running a lot, and had not fully found my love of lifting. When I did, I put back on 15-20# of lean muscle over the next 2 years while dropping another pant size! And I felt GOOD!
I maintained that within about 10# for the next 2 years. And to be honest, I never in those 6 years really felt like I was on a diet. Then we get to 2014. Life got tough! And in 2015, we lost Dad and it got tougher! I seemed to be on a downward spiral emotionally and my weight seemed to be on an upward climb. Then came the wonderful season every woman looks forward to hating…..menopause! And with it came MORE weight. And even MORE frustration!
2018, I thought I was once again getting a handle on it. I started the year losing 19.6# with a great program, and then. POOF! Pain. Stress. Life. It was all back! And it brought friends!
That brings us up to today. Although I have kept up my fitness as best I could through all of this, my nutrition has suffered. I am an emotional eater. Always have been. And I feed ALL of my emotions! But I have been doing a LOT of reflecting about this the last 2 weeks, because while I was SICK AS A DOG and not fit to be around other humans, I was also going through the DEEPER work of a Master Coach Certification for a new Nutrition Program, and I realized something.
What I realized, was back when I was doing GREAT, I was following a balanced diet. I never took out my “beer and pizza” date nights with my hubby, or the occasional party with friends. I just ate in a balanced, nutritious way and kept track of my calories so they didn’t get out of hand. And I never felt deprived. It didn’t come off fast, it took me about 2 years to lose 148#, but it came off and stayed off until I ALLOWED some self-detrimental JUNK to inch its way back in and take over. AND THEN, when a few pounds crept back on because I had slacked, instead of reeling it back in, I started going on DIETS!
Yup! And that is where my Downward Spiral really took off! And the more I tried to stick to this diet or that diet, or try to figure out what I was doing wrong by changing up this and that and eating weird food combinations and even taking some new “fat blasting” supplements, and eliminating whole food groups! Everything that I KNEW was wrong, but allowed the media and questions from clients about different diets sway me to give them a shot!
So, WHY do I need a “NEW” nutrition program, if I already know what works?
Here’s a secret……
It ISN’T a NEW concept!
BUT…….I do need something to help me while I reestablish those habits and ways that I had learned that DID work for me! Which sounds easy to do, RIGHT? Just do what you did before. Well…I am 10 years older and with all the keto this, paleo that, Intermittent fasting, juicing, macro counting, calorie counting NEVER EAT ANOTHER PIECE OF PIZZA AGAIN, and on and on out there, it is hard for a “Shiny Squirrel” kinda girl, like myself, to NOT get caught up in it.
So, basically I am returning to MY BASICS! It will just be structured a bit differently while I use these new TOOLS to relearn the GOOD habits that I have lost and remove the BAD habits that I have picked up. I really like how this program has really made me do the DIG DEEP work that it takes to get me to SEE what I have been doing to myself, and that ONLY I can fix it!
So, now that I have DIETED myself up about 50# from where I wish I want to be. Yep! 50 POUNDS! I am happy to say that I feel like this new program is going to help me with the confidence I need to take back the reigns from my out of control nutrition habits!
Do I expect those 50# gone by summer? YUP! Summer 2020! 😉
But seriously, of course I hope it comes off a LITTLE faster than that, but if not……I will just keep consistently doing what I KNOW works, and it will come off eventually. If you want to follow my journey back to better health, or better yet, JOIN ME, come find me on Facebook and Instagram.
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Maybe you could even join me for a workout at Phoenix Fitness with Body By BrendaT in Fowler, IL!