Celery Selfie!!!I grew up with Little Debbie Cakes being the snack of choice. You cleaned your plate at every meal, and sweating was my least favorite activity. I was obese all throughout middle and high school. But one day at the ripe ol' age of  17  I had this life changing idea... I HAD to lose weight.  I wanted to look like the other girls my age and feel comfortable in my own skin.  I began my weight loss journey and continued all through college. I struggled a great deal with the change my body was making and  accepting  my body as it was. While at times I still struggle with this acceptance, I have realized that being overly critical of myself will in no way shape or form help me progress  or allow me to reach my goals.

                After  hitting a plateau with working out and needing  more motivation after college  I found myself at Bodyshop X. My time at Bodyshop X has been filled with personal records, increased strength, and a huge boost in self confidence. Now after months of riding a plateau, I have decided to kick it up a notch, and make a change.  I have now embarked on a 6 week nutrition journey. I am hoping that with an increase in cardio and a change in eating I can continue to progress. The plan comes in phases, every two weeks what I eat changes. To start off, Week One and Two have me eating protein, veggies, and good fats throughout the day. At dinner I can eat what my family is having - I was told to "not get crazy".... that means no double cheeseburger and chocolate shake for me. While the plan is fairly simple and totally doable, I am devastated I will be without my steady supply of fruits and simple carbs for these next few weeks, (I have also learned that vegetables can be classified as carbohydrates).... but I am sure I will survive.

            Fast forward to now..having survived my first week and a half of this nutrition plan, I feel great! I am eating every 2-3 hours so I do not feel deprived of food in any way. My day of food consists of scrambled eggs and spinach for breakfast. Snacks are made up of a combination of cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, and veggies and hummus. Lunch is usually cooked veggies and chicken. Dinner is a balanced healthy meal that dabbles in each food group.   Water and milk have become my beverages of choice and to keep life interesting I will add a Crystal Light packet to my water every now and then.

            Over all I feel wonderful! My energy level is up and I feel that my body is being properly nourished. Thus far the biggest has been training myself to eat on a schedule and being mindful of what I can eat.  I do miss my morning banana and almond snack! (However, I know that's only temporary) My sweet tooth cravings have subsided and I am no longer in a sugar craze. Stay tuned for the next installment of this continuing saga.....  

A few things I've learned this week: 

Vegetables supply carbohydrates

"Carbs" aren't bad

I have to eat to make my body work correctly