I jumped deep into the game of calorie counting the summer before my junior year and it worked. I figured out how many calories I could eat to lose weight and I stuck to it. I was obsessed. By the beginning of my junior year, I had lost the weight I had gained and a few pounds more. I liked the comments I got from friends and the attention. Only, I wasn't happy deep down. I didn’t like the way I felt about myself. Calorie counting was a vicious game that had sucked me in and consumed me. I thought about it all the time. Looking back, I feel sad for the girl that I was at that time.
Running also inspired me to eat better. It was the first time I really started to think about the food I was putting in my body and how it would help me as a runner. I worked as a cashier at the local grocery store in college and runners from the college cross country team would come through my checkout line. I paid attention to what foods they were buying. My mindset around food was starting to change. It wasn't all about calories now, it was slowly becoming more about nutrition.
I love to cook and bake new delicious recipes. I've got a stack of probably 30 cookbooks that I'm constantly flipping through to try something new. I thank my plant-based diet for a wonderful pregnancy and a quick recovery after having my son. I thank my plant-based diet for keeping me strong and healthy during those early months of serious sleep deprivation after having my son. My baby boy is quickly becoming a toddler and I want to always be able to run around with him. I want him to look up to his mama and embrace food and fitness as he grows up. I want him to know the joy of food and never fear it.
My Shakeology arrived today and the CIZE fitness program is in transit. I’ll be sharing my adventure every step of the way. I would love if you'd like to join in! We can go on this beautiful journey together. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested or if you’d like chat more about what I can offer you on your journey.