As we round the corner to the halfway point in this journey, I figured it was time to tell you that I am more like you then you may realize. Some people look at me and think “oh she has always been athletic and fit” or “oh it must just be in her genes”. FALSE! The reality of it is, I use to be a big girl. So sit back and relax because this might be a long one.

Growing up I was always into athletics. I played soccer for nearly 10 years, tried out track and field, basketball (for the briefest blink of an eye – much to every coach’s dismay) and my true love, volleyball. In high school I was enrolled in every p.e. class allowed including p.e. athletics, strength & conditioning and even regular p.e. if I could get away with it. Following high school I was awarded a scholarship to play college volleyball in Saskatchewan. I played here for two years before deciding I needed to focus on my studies. And this is right where it all fell apart. After spending so many years in full blown physical activity, I quit most everything cold turkey and continued on to live a very sedentary student life for approximately 1 full year. During this time I touched a dumbbell maybe all of about 3 times and gave zero cares to what I put in my body. What followed this was a sad spiral of semi-dieting, semi-binge eating, and spurts of gym going that consisted of around 20 to 30 min of elliptical and some casual weightlifting. I went from being a very healthy lean individual to a heavy girl real quick. To put things in terms of numbers, I am 6’1 and at my heaviest it was estimated that I weighed in at around 210 lbs. I say estimated because I truly had no idea. You could not get me near a scale. The highest number I recorded ever seeing when I dove into discovering my best self was around 207 lbs. The “Freshman 15” was real and multiplying at warp speed. At this point I felt so disappointed when I looked at my reflection in the mirror. I would think to myself, “how did I get here?” I was desperate for a change.

Fast forward to December 31st, 2015. It was new year’s eve and here I was thinking to myself, something’s gotta give. I am in school working towards becoming a Kinesiologist but I don’t even look the part. How could I possibly be taken seriously in this field? It was this feeling, mixed with the high emotions of self dissatisfaction that gave me a new found motivation to change. So January first, just like every other new year’s “resolutioner” out there, I was in the gym working my butt off to find a better me. It all started with a workout plan and diet restrictions. My husband (a fellow kinesiologist and lifetime athlete) and I came together and created a work out plan for myself and wrote a list of diet restrictions so that I felt as though I knew what my boundaries were. No calorie counting or weighing and measuring of food. It was simple and clean – just eat basic foods in their most natural state that you know are good for you in quantities that bring you satiety.That was it.

After about 6 months of fairly strict exercises and moderate to strict eating, I found myself at the gym staring at a scale that was placed ever so casually against the wall. I hadn’t weighed myself in a few months as I found the slow drop to be a bit frustrating. So I had no idea what I actually weighed any more. I worked up the courage to step on the scale, just praying that my weight wasn’t higher than I last remembered. As the scale balanced out (it was old school) I looked at it in pure amazement. All I could think to myself was “shut the front door, girl you’re in the 180’s now!” That was a whole 10lbs less from when I had previously weighed in months before, bringing my weight loss total to around nearly 25lbs! I was shocked but so excited.

After this point, months went by and I continued to maintain this weight. On occasion I would try to cut from my diet here or there doing mini “no junk july’s” or healthy eating months but nothing ever stuck. I always came back up to around 183-185 lbs. It was like my body thought this was it’s happy place; or at least that is what I thought. However, after working at Vaughan’s Fitness for a while I thought it would be a neat idea to try out one of our nutrition programs to show all of our clients that the proof is in the pudding. Sitting here typing this today I am so glad I gave it a go. I use to be one of those people who thought that I had limited potential. Whether it was with weight loss or athletic potential. I always thought I was meant to just be mediocre. I am slowly learning that my personal potential is endless. I have already lost 11lbs on this diet plan at only 4.5 weeks in when my goal for 10 weeks was 10lbs. That means I am not even over halfway through this journey yet. The sky’s the limit! I want this to be an encouragement to all of your out there. No matter what point in your journey you are at. Please know that there is always a little bit more you can give. You can always push a bit farther. You have SO much potential. Never doubt yourself. Weight loss or muscle gain is not something that happens overnight. You have to work at it for potentially years! So don’t lose sight of the prize.

For me, weight loss has come and gone in stages. I have wrestled with it for a number of years now. However, if you are out there reading this and identify with anything I have said, I want you to know that you are not alone. We all go through tough moments within ourselves where we battle with our inner voice that shouts negativity at us. The minute you take action you are telling that voice to shove it! I wish I had done that sooner. However, I cannot change the past. I can only continue to live out my best self now. I want this for all of you out there too! Find ways to push that negativity out and chase after your goals! You’ve got this!

If you want to try the program that I am following, give us a shout through our contact page or call 604-379-1144.  Our nutritional package is designed just for you and includes meal times that work with your schedule, a shopping and grocery list, and foods that fit your personal eating and life style preferences including vegan, gluten free, etc.  As my blogs show the mental battles that one can encounter, this nutritional package sets you up for a sustainable approach that allows healthy habits to form leading to great long lasting results.