I have always been really good at losing weight. I really suck at keeping it off. I mean really suck. It’s my way to describe “yo-yo” dieting, but I don’t think calling myself a “yo-yo dieter’ even scratches the surface. As a result of majorly struggling with this for the past 30 years, I made myself the ultimate expert in every single diet plan out there – you name it – I’ve done it.
I recall reading an article with Beyonce recently where she was saying she is now going vegan because of her struggle with her weight and how she weighed 180 lbs when she was pregnant. Well, ya know what Beyonce, BITE ME! I can just look at a dessert and the scale goes there so seriously, stop your whining! I hardly call losing your 30 lbs after having a baby “weight problems”. Now don’t get me wrong, anyone who gets her ass back into her jeans after pregnancy, I’m giving a huge high-five and you should be so proud and happy because it’s not easy that’s for damm sure! – I guess I just have a different definition of what having “trouble with their weight” really means.
The emotional component and mental anguish of associating your-self worth with the scale. Being an emotional eater and all the struggles that come with that – is what comes to mind when I think of those who have struggled with their weight. For me, being pregnant was the one time that I got a break from beating myself up for how I looked. For me, its not about the weight I gained during pregnancy (I weighed in at 231 and 237 with my pregnancies by the way)… but rather, the rest of the day in and day out of trying to get and stay in shape. For us emotional eaters, you know what I mean.
I had a tough time finding a picture of me the year that I was going through my divorce because of course, you don’t exactly jump in front of the camera when your 50 lbs overweight. This was the best I could do.
This is probably the best place to pick to share my story as it’s the place where I was at my rock bottom. This girl in these 2 pictures was a hot mess in 2011. Drinking and eating my way through adjusting to divorce and then when I decided enough was enough, I had no idea where to turn. I had actually tried a Beachbody program but had no idea that I could also have a coach and a great meal plan and superfood shake, so I fumbled around trying to do this workout alone in my living room and then quit after a day only to then turn to a SUPER EXPENSIVE local gym. I thought that was my only option… I thought “well, if I spend a GAZILLION DOLLARS, then this HAS TO work” So I got out my credit card and got started. I don’t totally regret it because at that time in my life, it was what I needed to get reacquainted with taking care of my body. I specifically recall doing my initial consultation with the Trainer and he asked me how many drinks I had the previous weekend and when I told him, he said that I drank about 2500 calories in one night and if I was going to continue doing that, then I may as well quit now because I was wasting my money. I needed to hear that… I really did.
Did this crazy expensive private gym work for me? Yes it did. I went on to lose 45 lbs in 2012 and felt absolutely amazing….
But looking back on the whole thing – I ended up paying literally THOUSANDS of dollars for a Trainer for 30 min 3x a week and a meal plan, nothing special, just the basics, and I had to weigh in every week… hmmmmmm does that sound familiar?
Damm…. if I would have known then that all of that was at my finger tips with Beachbody for a TINY FRACTION of the price, I would have lost the weight, with more money and time for ME and then after realizing how great this program was, I would have become a coach back then too!
During this time I also took a very honest, real look back at my weight loss story and where I fell short because now I have some additional factors that made it crucial for me to finally find a way to get this thing right. I have had asthma my whole life and then suffered a pulmonary embolism in 2012. It was the scariest thing thats ever happened to me. I didn’t want to be only 42 years old and on blood thinners for the rest of my life so I decided then that I had to do everything that was in my control to take care of myself and what I put in my mouth and how much I moved my body were two things I could ABSOLUTELY control
Now, I don’t know about you but as I made my way through all these different plans over the years, I started to see a common theme in all of them. Somewhere in the latest diet craze of “eat this, take this pill, wrap that” that I was about to start, I would be devouring the instructions with the hopeful excitement that “this time is was going to work” and then, there – in the fine print at the verrrrrry bottom of the disclaimers of “xyz diet plan” there was a sentence that read: while on this plan, be sure to drink plenty of water, cut out sugar, processed foods, alcohol and all the other junk for the best results “. Hmmmmmmm? In my quest to be honest with myself, I had to wonder, am I losing weight because of this plan or because of these other things that are recommended?
It took me a long time and a lot of money and disappointment to finally ask myself this question “What if I stopped doing a crazy plan, or taking a supplement that I couldn’t pronounce the ingredients to and just did whats in the fine print?” What if I just started doing what I know is the foundation of eating for health which if applied consistently, WILL result in losing weight and feeling great.
So thats what I did. I found success in losing the weight the good old fashioned way – clean eating and exercise – but I KNEW I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT continue at the uber-expensive gym anymore. I reconnected with Beachbody again and met up with my great coach and continued on my path except this time, it’s for a mere FRACTION of the price, with tons of women from all over the country who are like-minded. Aaaaaaaand I’ve started to help others down the same path by being a Coach which just excites me so much!
So, thats where I am right now in this journey… and its definitely a journey… its not a start a diet plan on a Monday morning – I am the queen of that by the way – have a carefree food and drink weekend and start fresh MONDAY then stop a diet plan – that’s what I used to do and what has gotten me into trouble and my title of “expert yo-yo dieter?” My life has changed so much for the better over these past few years – to the point that I don’t even recognize that blonde girl in those pictures from 2011. I’m happy, staying healthy and working on losing a few “love pounds” I’ll call them, hehe – that my new Hubby Kevin and I have seemed to put on over the past year or so – but I’m having a blast doing it in the company of other peeps who have the same goals!
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