Do YOU see a difference?
Both pictures are the same person, the same weight, the same year....however, there's a difference
The bloating is gone, the yo-yo diet is gone
The poptarts, gummy bears, hamburgers, cookies, brownies, and doughnuts (for the most part)
are gone. I still have my weak moments but for the most part the person on the right is much healthier than the person on the left.
Back story- On the left, I was about to complete an Ironman. I was a strong, endurance athlete that ate pretty terribly. Having the idea that I was going to be on a bike for 7-8 hours at least one day a week, swimming an hour 3 days a week, and running at least 2 hours a week I had the mindset "I can eat whatever I want, I'll burn it off". I ate poptarts, gummy bears, pb and J, HUGE smoothies, and was eating nonstop. Granted, I was burning a lot of calories, the 10lbs I gained in 4 months wasn't just purely muscle. I had gone from thinning down to almost 12% body fat in January, back up to 16% just this past September, not healthy at all. When I was 12% I was dizzy lifting and my long runs suffered. Unfortunately I went the complete opposite direction when I started training for my Ironman. I went from the lightest I've been, in my adult life, to the heaviest I've ever been. Obviously I had an issue that needed to resolve.
When I began a new career path at my new Health Performance Gym, I saw this as a new opportunity to get my career, nutrition, and running on track to have another amazing, athletic year. Shortly after I was hired we started a new "Whole Life Challange". We began with a Body Fat water displacement test, began tracking our daily routine of exercise, nutrition, hydration, and mobility, and I revamped my Arbonne business. We also began a weight lifting/strength cycle, another great measure of gains and weekly progress.
Along with the Whole Life Challange, I began the Arbonne 30 Day To Healthy Living Challenge. The products help clense your gut of unpure items. You gut affects your body way more than we realize. It's where your immune system lives, where the fat cells are stored, and it's where a lot of our vital organs are. Think about it, what we put into our body sits there and then it broken down into these systems.
The picture on the right was taken yesterday, Day 6 of my Arbonne Challenge, Day 40 of the Whole Life Challenge.
I think one of the biggest take aways from this whole process is reintroducing myself to what food really is.
Ironically, I had a REALLY bad day, two days ago. I binged on food I haven't had for a few weeks and I was left what I could only describe as a sugar hangover. It taught me, I can't eat like this, EVER. The day after I downed liquids, had a light salad, and then a really light dinner. It wasn't until the 2nd day I felt better, back to whole/real food again. The best thing is, I don't crave any of this AT ALL.
It's just been an amazing process and I'm so excited to experience and share it. I've been in this constant Yo-Yo state with weight on, weight off, weight on, weight off and I'm sure many others have experienced it.
So many people tell me "don't focus on the outside, focus on your performance"...and I do. Being healthy and FEELING healthy are more important goals. The performance comes with the proper training and nutrition.
Stay tuned for a post on what a day on the challenges look like.
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