I gained 30 pounds in college, lost 15, gained 10, lost some, gained some, lost some, gained some, lost some but never fully satisfied -- does this sound familiar to anyone else? I never thought I was a yo-yo dieter until I realized how unhealthy and abnormal it was to "eat healthy" during the week and go all out on the weekends. Then I would spend the next few days (during the week) trying to lose the bloat, puffy cheeks and extra water weight from the previous weekend just to do it all again in a few days.
In 2016, I felt like I was sick more than I was healthy and there seemed to always be something going on with my body that made me not feel well (either sick, bloated, sore throat, stomach aches, fatigue, you name it). At then end of the year, I ended up getting my tonsils removed and also getting a fibroid removed. After not being able to work out for weeks after the surgeries and eating ice cream and whatever I wanted - lets just say, I wasnt feeling my best and had gained an amount of weight that just needed to come off no matter what. After New Years (as cliche as it sounds); I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change. I had been following certain food and lifestyle bloggers for a couple months and was enthralled by their lives and the foods they ate. They inspired me. Ive always been a cook at home type person and ate healthy but I decided to take it to the next level. I tried out a few of the products I loved them and things just spiraled from there. :: I spend my Sunday meal prepping for the week, trying out recipes for myself and others to try and continuously trying to find new and healthy ingredient based products.
I stopped reading the nutrition labels when it came to "carbs" and "calories" and started reading ingredients. You don't realize that some of the basic "healthy" products/brands you've grown up buying such as ketchup, marinara sauce, peanut butter, just to name a few have SO MANY added processed ingredients, sugars and chemicals/additives so why put that in your body when you can buy the same thing with pure/real ingredients. I noticed after making this change that I felt WAY better, my body felt calm, strong, and healthy.
When it comes to working out; I always have to remind myself that no matter how much you work out, you must still take part in a clean/healthy diet. I struggled with this over the past few years. I also tried every work out possible, I feel. I tried running religiously, training for the half marathon, random gym classes, did Crossfit for 3 years, joined a Hot Yoga (only) studio for about a year, went to the gym and did random machines. At one point, I belonged to Crossfit, 2 gyms and a yoga studio; clearly I had no idea what I wanted, what I liked and none of this felt like it was working. I knew I needed to find something I was passionate about. In the Winter of 2014 I took a random barre class at the gym I belonged to at the time and loved it. I kept going back to that class week after week and then soon after, I heard that there was a HOT Yoga&Barre Studio opening very close to me. I knew I needed to give it a shot. I was one of the first members and decided to give it my all and join for a year. From day 1, I was hooked. I figured out what worked for my mind, body and soul. I belong to The Hot Yoga Barre in Richmond, VA and take part in yoga about once a week and 4-5 barre classes. I will be partaking in Barre Teacher Training over the Spring and hopefully will be teaching there regularly come the Summer.
Thanks for reading and getting to know a little about me and my fitness/weight/health journey. If you ever have questions, etc; shoot me an email, I'm always willing to chat!