It occurred to me that I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever shared my personal weight loss story? You might not even know I ever had weigh to lose? In short, yes I have lost weight and have now kept it off for 7 years. Yahoo! As I build out the 2016 Break the Diet Cycle Program, I’m collecting data to further understand people’s past success and struggles and what is really missing for them to not just lose weight, but keep it off for good and let go of the “dieting” mentality. Reading the responses is fascinating and I can relate on so many levels. Now seems like the perfect time to share my story…
As a Kid and into my Teens…
There is a lot to genetics that shape your body and I am defined by my DNA as a small person. For that, I am incredibly grateful, but in a way it’s a little troublesome because it’s easier to get away with being unhealthy and still remaining small. When you’re young, you don’t know better and I was left to my own 4 for a $1 candy bar habit (remember when candy bars were $.25?!) and nobody paid that any notice because I was small.
In high school, I wasn’t an active teenager. In that I played ZERO sports and in fact, nearly missed graduation for lack of PE credits. Can you believe that? I’ve run 14 marathons (including 2 Bostons) since but literally almost did not graduate high school because I was so inactive. So let’s just say fitness is not a part of my DNA. But again, because I’m small by structure, my weight really didn’t matter.
In my 20’s…
This is the sad part for me. I spent this entire decade, a time that you could and should look and feel your best because you have age on your side. I spent all 10 of these years in a body I hated. And the most bitter irony of it all is that I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Nutritional Science at 24 and joined Jenny Craig and worked there for 14 years. Even with that foundation, this is where my “diet cycling” really kicked in. I was always trying to lose 15-20 pounds.
This is when I started running marathons and I thought that would help me lose weight. Not the case really, and that’s an entirely different story. But here is where I would eat frozen food out of a box and drink diet coke and think that would get me to where I wanted to go. Blah! I wish I could go back and shake that girl. But again, because I’m small, nobody really knew that I was 30% body fat and everybody thought I was healthy.
Oh my, 30 Hit! Turned out to be a good thing…
The best thing about hitting 30 for me was that my weight finally became an issue and I really started to feel awful and it was affecting me socially. I had a very small network of friends the first part of my 30’s and a boyfriend where we would stay at home and bake and eat cakes. I’m not kidding. This is also when I took my running hiatus and didn’t really exercise at all. This is when I got my biggest…33 years old and there are very few pictures to prove it. This was also the time I transitioned to digital film and before Facebook. So where all of those pics are (if there are any) is a mystery.
At 33, I wrote SkinnyTinis and it was published. I realized I was going to have to be in a smoking body if I was going to promote a book with Skinny in the title, so I had the motivation to take things seriously (I also lost the cake eating boyfriend — phew!). My weight loss strategy was simple: 1400 calories, 5 servings of veggies, 3 servings of dairy, 30g+ of fiber and 60g+ of protein per day and I got back into the gym. That was all I tracked and I had little paper trackers that did it. I kept a running tally of my caloric deficits and in 4 months I’d lost 20 pounds, 12% body fat and was running faster than I ever dreamed possible.
As I approach 40…
I am so happy. I don’t weigh 112 anymore and I’m not running as fast as I did 5 years ago (although, I haven’t completely given up hope, I have a good feeling about 2016!) but I wake up every morning in a body I love. I haven’t counted or tracked anything for years (unless I’m testing a new program, I am my best guinea pig). Sometimes I feel puffy, and I eat light or go on my 3-Day Detox before things get too out of hand.
I pretty much eat whatever I want, and that’s because I want to eat pretty healthy things. I’ve successfully retrained my pallet and veggies, whole grains, real food and green juice look amazing to me. I crave them. It took me 33 years (and 4 months) to figure it out, but I did. And now I’m done, I just get to keep doing it. I’m healthier on the inside because of the food I eat and the exercise I do. The way the outside is shaped is really just a bonus 😉
My point in sharing this is…
Everybody has a weight loss story. Almost all of us have “dieted” at some point in time. We’ve felt the initial optimism of “heck ya — this is going to work!” We’ve had strong starts, moved the scale needle and felt so proud of that. Then, for whatever reason…it ticks back up. We push the scale behind the door and pretend it’s not there. Until we feel so bad again that we look for that new solution and find the initial optimism again…and the cycle continues.
I want to help stop the diet cycle — for GOOD!
I’m launching my first ever coaching program in January: Break the Diet Cycle. It’s a 12-week program where we will dig into what is really going on. What has worked for you, what failed and how can we make those mindset shifts that allow you to let go of restriction and frustration. This course is 20 years in the making. I expect participants to walk away from this experience with a stronger understanding of how to properly fuel a body for optimal health, know their triggers and exactly what they need to do daily to find long term better health and more happiness.
I’m not saying or preaching that what worked for me, will work for everybody. But through the course material, participants will be guided through a series of exercises and lessons that will lead to life changing, personal insight revelation. I’m so excited!
Sound Interesting to you?
If so, here’s what you can do now:
- Take the weight loss success and struggle survey. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Teresa Marie Wellness Gift Certificates.
- Sign up for the VIP waitlist for registration details and early bird registration discounts.
Don’t want to wait until January to start learning about long term weight loss?
I do have a DIY membership program that will be threaded throughout this coached program. It’s my Simple Secrets Digital Health Coaching program and it’s designed to help guide you through the process of healthy lifestyle change through video lessons and email follow up. It has an additional 10 part Weight Loss Specific, Audio Coaching series.
Year End Weight Loss Coaching Special!
I’m running an end of the year special right now and everybody who signs up for a year membership to Simple Secrets ($99), can get the weight loss coaching for free ($39 value). This is a DIY platform, so you can start and stop whenever you’re in the mood 🙂 Just use discount code FWC39 at checkout.
Have you experienced your own weight loss struggles? Probably, most of us have. Whether you take advantage of this special now or wait until January for the coaching, I can help you, and it will be fun!