I have the honor of working with AMAZING clients! We all come from different walks of life, and all have a story to share. When a client is ready for TRUE CHANGE, that is where the MAGIC happens! Meet one client and her story:
I've always been an active person. I'm always wanting to try something new in terms of fitness. I can remember going to step aerobics, kickboxing, some spin class and some weight training. I even took up running in the middle of a very humid summer in Houston! So when I did travel assignments on the east coast, I was still pretty active, but the toll of working night shift and the night life didn't agree with my metabolism. Let's just say I gained 20 lbs while I was on the east coast.
I then ended up on the west coast. The weather is beautiful and I took up running again and even did a half marathon. I was back to my usual weight and I even lost most of the weight that I had gained during my traveling years on the east coast.
Fast forward, then came marriage and having a family. I was actually in pretty good shape when I got married. I was going to the gym on a regular basis with the help of a personal trainer and I was still running so I was able to maintain my weight, but I've always struggled with the nutrition aspect of my training. My husband and I are home bodies so we love making food at home! We also like to try new restaurants and live life.
Next, babies came in the picture. I had my daughter in 2010 and I was able to lose my baby weight due to lack of sleep for 8 weeks! With our move in 2012, I also found CrossFit. It has been a major part of my life. I was doing CrossFit on and off around the addition of my boys in 2013 and 2014. After I was cleared to go back to working out, I knew I needed to be consistent and really work on getting my fitness back on track and work on getting my body back as we were done with our growing family.
I was back going to CrossFit almost everyday and felt great at first, then I started really getting fatigued often. I was so afraid to eat more because I was thinking it defeats the purpose of working out. I needed to lose weight. The pressure was on because my 40th birthday was months away. I lost the weight before my 40th, but as soon as I started eating again, I gained it back. My nutrition was not dialed in, so I was getting frustrated. That was when I sought the help of Misty Smith. She was talking about a nutrition program and the "macros" way of eating. She offered a nutrition challenge at the gym which I participated in and had been very successful.
I've been doing this type of nutrition plan for over a year now and I've really enjoyed the process. It has been exciting and frustrating at the same time. Every new thing that you do there's always a learning curve. With this way of eating, planning is the key! I've achieved my goal weight and my performance at the gym has improved tremendously. In the last year, Misty and I have worked on several goals and my macros were adjusted accordingly. Now, I'm not saying that I've always been consistent in adhering to my macro plan, and there were days where I've had major slip ups, but the beauty of this plan is you get to start over the next day. I'm still sticking to this type of nutrition plan currently, and I hope to continue doing this for the rest of my life. I can eat everything just as long as I can fit it in my macros. For me, it's basically just about eating in moderation and making healthy choices. I'm a dessert person so if I want to eat dessert, I take that into account and plan for it. We like to go out to dinner, so again I try to plan my food intake accordingly. The same thing goes when we travel or go on trips. It's hard because you are out of your element, but you just do your best. Again, you can always reset and get back on it! Life happens and you need to enjoy it!
In addition, the macro planning helped educate me in understanding nutrition labels and information. I think we've become a country of big portions and we're not really eating a serving size unless you weigh it!! I want this to be my lifestyle so I can be an example modeling a fit and healthy lifestyle for my family, for my children, and the people around me.