My Weight Loss Story
In my experience ultimate change comes from consistency and having a strong vision to help fuel you forward. It is challenging your old ways of thinking and believing change is possible.
My personal journey with health and fitness is unique. It includes being overweight for most of my early life, a significant weight loss of 80lbs, becoming underweight which lead to new health issues, and navigating my way to a sustainable and healthy weight.
My Weight Loss
Weight has always been something I have struggled with my entire life. I was always the chubby kid growing up and never understood why I was always so much bigger than all of my friends. It was not until I was 15 years old that I began to play sports and started to lose weight, however over the years I gradually would gain all of the weight I had lost back plus some. This cycle would continue for years. Finally when I graduated college I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been, almost 200lbs. I knew I needed to make a change.
I started working out everyday and 4 months later I had not made any progress. I became beyond frustrated and hopeless. I was working out everyday, so why I was not losing weight? I felt deflated and started to just accept that my body was just destined to be heavy.
It was not until five years later when I had my epiphany. It was New Years Eve 2010 and I had decided to pass on a night out with friends because I did not feel good enough about myself to get dressed up and go out for the night. I went to bed crying and it was in that moment I decided I was no longer going to let my body be a reason to hold me back from living my life. That next morning I started the journey that changed my life.
Over the next 6 months I lost 60lbs and by the end of the year I was at 70lbs.
A year after my weight loss I continued to lose more weight. It wasn’t intentional, but at this point I was addicted to exercise and was working out 7 days a week. When I felt 1 workout a day was not enough, I started to double up. I would go for a 6 mile run then hit a 60-minute spin class right after. If one workout was good for you, then two had to be better right? I would count every calorie I consumed being vigilant about not go over my allocated calories. When I finally let myself enjoy a food treat it would lead to binge eating because my body was so excited to get more food in it.
At my lowest I hit 112lbs. At this point I lost my period, was irritable, cranky, and obsessed. I constantly thought about food and exercise. I limited time with friends and family, never allowing myself rest and recovery.
For years I kept this up, maintaining 112lbs-115lbs. I prided myself into thinking how healthy I was and completely ignored my body’s signals. You can only ignore your body for so long before it makes the choice for you. And that is exactly what my body did.
My Regaining Weight
One day my body just tanked. It was not slow and gradual, it was a steep and fast change. My energy plummeted, brain fog overtook me, and within 3 months I had put on 20lbs without any change to my exercise or food routine.
It has taken me years of working with a functional doctor to really understand all of the health issues my body faced that lead to this drastic change. I learned I had major gut dysbiosis, HPA axis dysfunction (aka adrenal fatigue), hormonal issues, toxic mold, and I was consuming foods that were inflaming my body.
Finally it all clicked for me. Our mind and bodies are connected. The importance of sleep, stress management, food, movement, time in nature, it can all have an impact on our health.
The significance of listening to our bodies, giving our bodies what they truly need, and how important having support along the way really is. This journey is what lead me to become a certified functional health coach, with an emphasis on overall health and wellness.
In order to make change getting that initial support, guidance, and accountability from a coach is critical to make long lasting changes in your behavior, lifestyle, and overall outlook on life. After 10+ years of experimenting on myself I have finally reached a point where I feel truly balanced with my health, weight, and exercise routine. I have learned so much over my journey and I am beyond excited to help others reach the very best versions of the themselves as well!