About a year ago, I came to the conclusion that I was a Food Addict. I would eat and not feel full, go out of my way for a doughnut and cry for things I couldn’t have. I knew I had a problem and I tried everything to stop it, diet after diet, nothing worked. One morning I got on the scale and realized that I weighed 215 pounds. Weeks prior I was below 200, convinced the digital scale was broken I took it back to Wal-Mart. When she asked the reason for my return, I simply said that it was inaccurate. After my return was complete, I marched straight to the scale section and placed a good old fashion analog scale on the floor. I stepped on the scale hoping that it would be more forgiving then the digital option, but to my surprise, it wasn’t. I stood there for a minute almost in tears and decided that, that was the night I was going to change.
For the past few months I have been writing about what’s been working for me and some of my successes. To a general reader it may seem that everything has been easy peasy for me but it hasn’t. I struggle every single day to fight off old habits while I create a new way of life for myself. I get in arguments with my husband, I cry and there are days that I feel like giving up. Sometimes I dream about all of the things I would binge on if I had the chance, but then I come back to the life I have created and realize that it wouldn’t be worth giving up for a slice of pizza or order of poutine.
Today I have come to the conclusion that all addictions are similar. In fact, a study done on food addiction recently revealed that eating highly palatable foods has similar effect on the brain as cocaine and heroin. The study showed that once a food addict experiences pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain, they quickly feel the urge to eat again. The more the person experiences these feelings, the more they develop a tolerance to food. This then leads to a decreased level of satisfaction, encouraging the addict to overeat and in some cases become obese.
This blog and my ENORMUS commitment to Team Beachbody is my “rehab” and I appreciate having all of you as my support group.
There is something to be said about someone that inspires others, it is my goal to be that someone.
I’m sure many of you have heard about Michael Moore and his “virtual walks” and if you haven’t, you need to read about it here. On March 18, 2012, Michael decided to go for a walk and America decided to join him. By the end of the week there were thousands of people in hundreds of cities and towns walking with Michael. Night after night people wrote… Michael asking to walk again and feeling obligated, he did. The reason you may ask? There was no reason at all, no prize at the end or specific goal to meet. They did it because they could and the benefits that came along with it were priceless.
Michael’s story inspired me and it was one of the many reasons I have decided to host the From Flab to Fit Accountability Group on Facebook. Starting April 14th we will encourage each other, work out together and share our ups and downs for a total of 15 days. It will be the perfect way to jumpstart your body for bikini/Speedo season!
I personally will be doing the ChaLean Extreme program but I invite you to use any Beachbody program suited to your needs. Note: if you have questions about which Beachbody program is right for you, just ask! I’m happy to help!
As your Coach, I will provide you with:
• An invitation to my group on Facebook where you will have access to amazing resources and ideas to keep you fit and healthy
•Unlimited guidance and motivation via phone, email or text
•Access to nutritional information/recipes
•Fun prizes along the way
How to participate:
• Must have or purchase a Beachbody program.
• Sign up for your FREE Beachbody membership by clicking here
• Create an online profile to track your results and before/after photos
• Log your workouts online in the Supergym for a chance to win prizes.
• Share your results with the group- this includes the good, the bad and the ugly
Think this sounds like fun?! Join me today!!
Note: For those of you that wish to continue you beyond April 29th I will be hosting a Challenge group and there will be some MEGA prizes up for grabs.
Whooohoo! I’m down 20 pounds and I have lost a total of 7” from just my waist and hips alone.
Now that I feel in control of my food/meal planning routine, I think it’s time to up the ante with a more intense fitness program. I have done some research and decided to order Chalene Johnson’s ChaLean Workout Program.
The program was introduced to me by a Beachbody coach by the name of Kelli Hulst. Kelli is hosting a challenge that starts on April 8th that I have also decided to be a part of. I’m really excited to see where Beachbody takes me and I hope that it will inspire others to join along in my journey.
By purchasing a work out program I was told that I could have the sign up fee to become a Beachbody Coach waived, how exciting is that?! I figure that if I’m going to share my journey I may as well help others along the way right?! I am happy to say that I’m now a proud Coach of Beachbody’s Team Platinum Legacy.
Life is great right now and I’m so excited to embark on this new adventure! I know there will be hard days, some tears and challenges that my body will face, but that’s okay. That’s what a great Beachbody team, husbands and epsom salt baths are for right?!
Today more than ever, I’m so excited to share the rest of my journey From Sin to Thin. XO