I don’t remember a time without knowing healthy living. Growing up on Fitness has shaped who I am and what I do everyday as a fitness coach.
Once I hit 7th grade, girls started crash dieting and dying to be skinny….but the words “fitness” or “health” were never used. Luckily, I didn’t fall victim to peer pressure. My mom, Kim, was a huge role model and taught me about healthy foods and shared with me the happiness and confidence she got from fitness whether than stressing over calories.
By 9th grade, I could bust out the best of moves with Tamilee Webb’s fitness DVDs. My metabolism allowed me to eat just about anything I wanted, but I tried to stay healthy with “Baked Chips” and Subway almost every night. Then, my outlook on fitness and food changed again.
I read Joy Bauer‘s 90/10 Plan. She helped me see chips weren’t the equivalent of an apple even if it was low calories and not fried. I started following her 1400 calorie diet for my Junior prom and dropped 6 lbs. I still LOVE the book (it’s like $3 used on Amazon too! Click here to view it) and use it when I get a little too umm..free in my diet. My favorite part besides incorporating “whole foods” is that she allows you a 250-calorie treat each day–thats a BAG of M&Ms…not 5 or 6…not even a handful–a BAG. :)
I never crash dieted or gained the Freshmen 15 at college. My weight and fitness habits have remained about the same since I was 16. The only person I have to thank is my mom. She never let me get out of control with fitness or calorie restriction, and she has suffered through so many “Do my arms look fat?!” “My jeans are snug!” “My hips have spread!! I just KNOW it!” talks over the past 10 years I am embarrassed to admit it.
So, have I set a goal? Have I met it already?
While I have always been a size 0-4, I have always found myself wanting to not just be normal and healthy but FIT. This desire to be fitness queen, or at least a role model for someone intimidated by fitness, has been a huge goal for me. HOWEVER–my confidence in my “decent looking & healthy” body and strong love for cupcakes…like 700 calorie Gigi Cupcakes…have kept me from achieving it. I think I am also a little afraid–what if I get to be fitness queen and I still want more, what if I work out and give up my 1-2 day splurges (along with my 10% treat each day) and my body doesn’t change, what if I get stressed over something I enjoy right now…etc.
I am fighting all of these thoughts and promising myself to just try to put my heart, belly, and mind into fitness for a month. I will workout (which I love) to ChaLEAN Extreme & TurboFire at-home fitness DVDs and keep to a strict whole-foods diet (with a 250 calorie “treat” on some days) for a month. I have to know what it feels like to be that strong and reflect how important fitness is to me in my outward appearance. I say a month because it’s short enough I can focus in and see the light when it is hard, but it is also long enough for me to find a habit.
I NEED fitness and nutrition habits to make this a part of my lifestyle.
I am going to try & do this “blog thing” in hopes to show others fitness isn’t miles away–it’s a step at a time & can be practical for anyone…even a cupcake crazed 22 year old! Also, I feel like it will be a great place for me to share my success and struggles with other people interested in fitness–because sometimes “Fitness” and “Vanity” can be confused & I don’t want to add that to my fears list. ;)