As you can see from the timeline above, I have had many struggles with weight and health myself. In the first photo, my son is 2 – now he is 13, and my other son is 14. During that time, I tried many different diets, and they all worked for a little while, but I ended up gaining most or all the weight back and then some many times. I remember counting points, calories, and macros. I remember thinking 100 calorie snack packs were a healthy option – they are healthier than eating a whole bag, but not consuming them all the time. I have been active most all my life, but marriage and kids set in on my body.
I hit a low point in 2012 and was ready and willing to change. At this point, I decided to go all in with CrossFit. A few clients had been talking about it, and I decided if that didn’t work, I was destined to be obese for the rest of my life. I am so glad I jumped in. If I knew then what I now know, there are many more reasons that CrossFit worked, and it wasn’t necessarily the CrossFit at all. I need a little help and a push to get on track. I started moving but was still eating whatever I wanted. I joined in a paleo eating challenge. We learned the basics, and I dug in and gave it my all. I lost a little and started to change some healthy habits.
Over the next couple of years, I had a few significant life changes – my father died, my marriage ended, I moved, and then moved again. My weight was up and down many times. I kept some of the habits from the paleo challenge, had read some new books and tried to learn some new ideas and ways to get healthier. I kept up with CrossFit, ran a few 5ks and 10ks, and started back at volleyball. I dug deep into many books, blogs, and online courses. Slowly over time, I implemented one healthy habit after another, and now I am living I wanted to when I started. Yeah, I still have a little way to get to my ultimate goal, but I am so much healthier and happier.
I have lost 60+ pounds, 5 pounds at a time, lost body fat, and improved all my bloodwork. I feel more confident and capable. I have hit many personal records working out via running and CrossFit. Physically, I feel like I can do so much and keep up. I have made many new wonderful friends along the way and learned so much.
Now, I have my daily nutrition down with some habits. I eat mostly real, whole foods – chicken, ground beef, salmon, fruits, lots of vegetables, sweet potatoes, and some healthy fats. I grew up on a small u-pick fruit farm and love my fruit – can’t get enough blueberries, peaches, and blackberries. It is incredible how the body responds when you get back to eating real food.
My takeaway points:
- Start today! Pick something and do it consistently.
- It won’t happen overnight. Pick small goals and focus on them.
- Eat real food – not processed fake food.
- Move your body – doesn’t have to be CrossFit, get going with something you like.
- Get a coach or accountability partner – this helped me big time over the years.
I want to help you tap into your inner strengths to enhance your health and wellness so that you can live a healthier and wealthier life.