I used to think in order to get my “dream body”, I had to work out extremely hard every single day and drastically restrict my diet.
I would feel guilty every time I have a cheat meal to the point where I wouldn’t enjoy the foods I love.
I woke up at 5:30 am to workout before work regardless of what my body told me to do.
I watched the scale and would freak out when my weight went up.
I cleansed multiple times a year to “remove all the toxins from the unhealthy food”
I was not listening to myself at all.
I was taking life so seriously.
It felt like maintaining my body was an ego trip.
Most of all, I had the body I desired and still hated my body.
I sacrificed seeing my friends and family because of the dietary differences.
I spent all my time working, studying at IIN, exercising, and cooking.
I was so exhausted, I had my first burnout.
I had no energy to do the things I loved, which then I made the excuse of being too tired to do anything.
I was actually losing weight to the point where I was barely above 100 lbs.
Some friends I lost and some I went almost a year without seeing.
This has been something I have still been working through as I continue to refine what is a healthy plan that works for me.
I am redefining my relationship with my mind, body, and spirit.
I love my body more than ever and what it has done for me in the past 27 years.
I do the 90/10 rule where I eat gluten and dairy free 90% of the time due to the gut-healing benefits it provides me with.
10% I splurge and indulge on my favorite treats with no restrictions.
This helps me remind myself that I don’t need to be deprived of my favorite foods all the time.
I get to eat them in healthy moderation in order to avoid overindulging later on.
Here’s what I’ve learned from the experience:
It’s not easy to maintain the body you truly desire at first, but it is doable if you are fully committed to yourself for the rest of your life.
If you are fully committed to yourself, it becomes more of second nature and you don’t think about being healthy anymore. It becomes a natural part of life.
It’s okay to splurge without feeling guilty afterward because you won’t gain weight from eating the unhealthy food once in a while.
You don’t need to work out super hard all the time in order to manifest your dream body and maintain it. If that’s for you, go for it, but I promise it won’t last forever.
Body weight workouts are extremely effective and can be done at different intensities. After I burnt out, I started doing more recovery work and refining all the parts of my body that are tight in order to give them more mobility and stability. This helps my body feel more connected as I do my exercises.
I feel stronger than ever and have been injury free for years! This new way of exercising thanks to Twice as Fit Squared is a great way to mix up your workouts without ever getting bored.
Eat in a way that nourishes your body and gives you energy. The more you listen to your body, the better you feel on all levels.
Since ending doing cleanses, I have gained 10 lbs and have felt more energy. As a result, my body looks even more defined now than it did at a lower weight.
I’m okay with not being perfect with my diet all the time because it’s completely unsustainable.
I love my body no matter what and this is a huge lesson in self-love.
I get to teach my clients about my experiences and ways to eat healthy without going on a diet.
It gets to be fun.
It gets to feel natural and flowy.
You get to have your “dream body” and stop feeling tired of being in your own skin.
You and your body are worthy of love no matter what.
If you are not seeing your friends because you don’t think you and your body are good enough, I would love to talk with you.
Your ticket to a happier, healthier life starts now.
PS: Voodoo Donuts in Portland was amazing! I highly recommend you get an old dirty bastard! (pictured below in the video) ;)