Hey there, I’ve been out and about all week prepping for work engagements but thought I would take a time out and send you a message. During the week you can get so busy with work, life, or whatever else is on your honey to do list. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and say hi to a friend, ya know?
I told you at the beginning of my fitness model journey I would give you updates on my program as I go. Today I am only at the latter end of my second week but it is a good time to reflect. Here are some valuable lessons I have learned so far. I hope these help you with your own health goals.
1) sugar is addicting. This one you probably already know about but it needs to be said. It didn’t come off to me like an addiction at first but I realized as I crave FOOD how hard it really is to stay away (I’m still struggling). The crazy part is sugar is in almost EVERYTHING. Which makes a lot food dangerous to your health if you consume a lot of it.
2) Food is fuel. Nothing more. Now when I eat it’s not for pleasure. I eat what I need to in order to give my body the fuel it needs and that is it. It is interesting, when I took away the pleasure of food as something to do, it made me think about what I like to do for fun besides eating with friends. It made me reflect on my other joys of life, made me dig a little deeper. Taking away the “overeating” from my social life has changed things around personally and socially, which reminds me:
3) Social events…not the same. Going to BBQ’s, a birthday party, or just a night out with the girls is completely different. You can no longer linger by the food area if you don’t want to talk to a certain someone (we’ve all done it) or used food as an out from holding an actually conversation. (sorry, my mouth is full.) It has led to a deeper sense of connection with the people around me.
4) Real food doesn’t linger. In my program I am not allowed to eat 3 hours between every meal. The food I have been eating is a lot of food, but by that 2.5 hour mark, I’m starving. I eat A LOT now an yet am super hungry when my next meal comes around. I feel bad for those closest to me at times. I literally told my boyfriend one time when he was in the fridge “please get whatever you need to get from there and move out of my way.” (please excuse what I said to you when I was hungry)
5) Nutrition is KEY. As you know I’m a trainer, and have been working out basically my whole life. This program has made major connections for me on health and weight management as well as weight loss. In 11 days I have lost 7 pounds.
6) Food plays a part in skin treatment. I’m 28 years old now and I have struggled with acne the better part of my life. I have battled it FOREVER. I’ve tried every kind of acne cream you can: home remedies, doctors creams, over the counter, everything. Nothing has worked. Changing my diet around and getting rid of sugar has totally cleared up my face. it’s amazing.
7) This. Is. HARD. I’m not going to lie, this may be one of the hardest things I have ever done. It is battling my will, my discipline, my character, my decision making skills, my very lifestyle. It is a complete change that makes me feel I am pushing against a wall of full force gravity. Some days are okay; others, not so much. Being in this program is teaching me a lot of skills. Some of which are to keep focused and my eye on the end result, slow progress is still progress, character building in keeping with something, and pushing forward even when I dearly want to give up. It’s a daily struggle, and its a daily triumph. I’m learning to keep my mind on today’s steps and not on three months ahead.
I want you to know, the main reason I stay with it is for you. When I want to quit, when I want to cheat, I remind myself of you reading this right now. Watching, rooting, and being there to see what it’s like. I want to show you that you can do whatever you set your mind to as well. I’m just a normal girl working to make dreams and goals come true. If I can do it, so can you. Thank you for being my accountability partner in this. Since you are mine, I’ll be yours too.