For years I have been obsessed with watching people transform as they eat better and train right. I love seeing before and after pictures, and ultimately seeing people be happier. I believe I have only shown one transformation picture on here, and it was simply maybe a 1 month progress picture after completing a Paleo challenge at CrossFit. I have always wanted to be a success story like them.
I have changed a lot in the past year, physically, emotionally and mentally. In all three areas I have improved, but I honestly feel that the latter 2 ; emotional and mental, improved because I started falling in love with my body.
My body has transformed drastically over the past year, but I didn’t realize it until about a week ago when a picture I was tagged in from a year ago at CrossFit was “liked.” It was one of those “on this day last year” Facebook alerts. I looked at the picture and was immediately embarrassed. I was cringing over how large and in charge I let myself get. I never felt that overweight and beefy at the time, I just knew that I had a lot of fat that I wanted to lose. I was confident, but not as confident as I am today.
Here’s the picture:
So what did I do differently from last April to now? Well, in the fall I ran a 10k, and during that training I cut back a lot on CrossFit. Once my 10k was done, I still struggled to make it to CrossFit and instead, started using a workout regime that my coworker gave me from a girl who was a figure competitor. It was just the basic leg day, back day, bicep/triceps, etc. I followed it and within 2 weeks I started seeing more definition in my back. So I kept at it. Between November and December, I maybe made it to CrossFit 3-4 times. I never made it to CrossFit in 2015; my last day at CrossFit being probably 12/28.
I miss my CrossFit peeps so much, but to be honest, I don’t miss the intense workouts!
At this time I started dating a great guy. He was into lifting and supported me 200% with the IIFYM lifestyle. That’s “If It Fits Your Macros.” This is where the monumental changes started taking place. While in this relationship, I lost 15 pounds. FIFTEEN POUNDS!!! I have always struggled to find something that worked for me, and then once I actually adhered to a plan, the magic happened. (Update: I am now 18 lbs down).
For probably 2 years before meeting my ex, I had done IIFYM with my current coach, but I never truly followed my macros. My coach Ashley of Grit Health gives me a certain number of carbs, fat and protein to consume each day. Every Tuesday I email her my weight, and depending on my progress, she either has me stay with the same numbers if I’m losing, or she’ll minorly change the numbers if I’m stalling. Every month I send progress pictures in a bikini to her, and again, she uses this to track my progress along with my weight.
Before my ex, I honestly bullshitted my macros. I’d go over a little here and there, pretty much every day, and it was a miracle if I hit them spot on. And then I met a guy who wanted to cook healthy meals and he never made fun of me once for tracking meals, and instead, he would track with me. That was huge for me. He also gave me a workout plan to follow that helped me get stronger and more toned. I had 3 things that are important to success in losing weight and toning up: support, eating on point and training right.
Support is so so so necessary when it comes to making a lifestyle change, whether it be with workouts or eating. Not having support from family, loved ones or friends would make it a lot more challenging, but I’m blessed to have family that 500% support me, a best friend who tracks macros too, and coworkers that know I will always bring my own food to events. I gained all of the weight while dating a guy that only wanted to go out to eat and drink. We did that and I gained a lot of weight. Well, crap.
I had the support, and now I just needed the dedication. And when that boy came into my life, so did the motivation. I started following my macros to the T and the weight dropped. Who would have thought? <– haha. I figured that if I’m paying my coach $75 a month, that I better do what she says. This was my ah-ha moment. Listening to coach and seeing the results.
Week after week the pounds dropped, my clothes fit better, and new muscles were emerging. I was on cloud nine. From the end of November 2014 until now, May 2015, I have been dedicated and busting my booty in the gym and with my meals. And you know what, it’s showing. I’m proud of all of the hard work and focus that I’ve had. I’m not perfect every day with my macros and that’s okay, because life is too short to say no to a cookie or a piece of cake if the celebration calls for it.
I’ve not once felt deprived with the IIFYM lifestyle. Okay, maybe a few days here and there, but we all have those raging days where our appetite is uncontrollable. 95% of the time I am happy with the food that I eat and never feel the need to binge. <– That’s huge!
I used to binge on jars of peanut butter all of the time. Now, I have 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter a day, and sometimes 3 is too many for me. That’s even bigger! I feel in control of my body, my mind, and my self-esteem. I want to show my arms off, and I want to wear jeans that are tight.
Not everyone believes in eating based on macros, and you know what, that’s okay! We are all different. I can eat bread and my body is fine, others can’t. Amy of The Little Honey Bee rocks Paleo because it makes her feel healthy and energized. Go Amy! Karey of Nutty About Health follows a Keto lifestyle because it works for her. I love that these amazing ladies have found a lifestyle that works for them. Paleo made me feel really good but fluffy, and I don’t think I could survive keto.
My point is that we are all different, and when we find something that works for us, keep at it. KEEP AT IT! I eat products that Karey lists on her series called Frankenfood Friday, and that’s okay, for me at least haha. I actually love that series because I learn so much!
So anyways, enough of this ramble. You remember that above picture from April of 2014? No, okay here it is again. Zoomed again.
And this picture I took at the gym last week because I’m all about the gym selfies now! #HelloConfidence
And when you put them side by side. Holy kaboom! Where did I go!?
I owe my success and confidence to motivation, dedication and support, but mostly training right and sticking to my macros.
I gained weight dating a guy. I lost weight dating a different guy. Now I’m dating myself and I cannot wait to see what I can accomplish with my own motivation and sass! I get to rock a bikini this weekend and for the first time in forever, I CANNOT WAIT!!! 🙂
Do you have a success story? I want to hear it!
Do you eat Paleo, Keto, macros, or whatever you want?