I’ve often been told by friends and acquaintances that I’m naturally thin and fit or had them say comments like, “Oh, you don't eat those kinds of foods” or “You don't have to worry about having chocolate in the house!” Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ll admit I was given some pretty incredible genes as I’ve been blessed to have all four of my grandparents into their nineties. I have a tiny Mom that stood 4’9 when she married my Dad, a burly, 6’2 high school football player. I guess you could say this put me somewhere in the middle at 5’4 with a medium build but seriously there isn’t a worse ethnic combo that indulges in food/drink quite like a french, italian. Healthy eating and a fit lifestyle has not always come easy.
Throughout college my go to foods were goldfish crackers, Progresso soup, french onion dip and chips, Cold Stone Creamery Ice cream (especially at exam time) and lots of alcohol on the weekends. YIKES, no wonder why I felt drained with no energy. I was a junk food vegetarian because healthy vegetarian meals didn't mix with college life. During my early nursing career common eating habits became beer and wings on the weekends and prepared foods (canned/tv dinners) for nursing shifts. I probably made it to the gym 2-3 times per week for a fast paced walk on the treadmill and didn't know what a balanced, healthy diet looked like.
I share because learning a different way is possible. I’m not a “health nut” or “fitness freak” I’ll save those stereotypes for my husband…LOL. It would be easier for me to choose junk foods if they didn’t effect my physique and vitality but I’ve found a better way that keeps things balanced, allows for optimal health and overall gives me a sense of wellbeing that I hadn't understood before.
The pictures to the left are me 7 years ago when I weighed 25 lbs more and was 3 clothing sizes larger. My wedding picture to the right is after my first 12 WEEK TRANSFORMATION!