I’ve always been very active but I knew nothing about nutrition or portion control. I ate lean protein, fruits, veggies, healthy carbs, etc. – no fast food or much for packaged foods – but I had a huge sweet tooth for chocolate and homemade desserts. I didn’t know how to fuel my body properly or how much of each food group I should be eating.
On May 30, 2016, I decided to turn that around. I joined an accountability group and mastered portion control, losing 20 pounds in a matter of a few months. I was eating a clean diet but I wasn’t feeding my body enough. I was eating 1,200-1,400 calories a day – that isn’t enough for the active lifestyle that I live. I was constantly hungry and I stopped seeing results. I wanted to tone and I wasn’t getting any stronger or faster. Something had to change.
Fast forward to the end of 2017 when I started hearing about timed nutrition from my favorite trainer. She stressed that food is fuel – you have to eat enough to see results, otherwise your body holds onto the food that you eat and the weight that you have because your body doesn’t know when it will get fed next. I started listening to my body and on January 15, 2018, I went all in again and I started increasing the amount of food I ate – I needed to eat more. I continued to eat clean in proper portions with my containers, but I also slowly increased my intake based on my goals and activity level. My body started responding immediately because I was fueling my body for performance! I lost 20 more pounds, built lean muscle and completely transformed my body and mind!
I now see food as fuel. I eat to RUN. I EAT to PERFORM. I EAT TO LIVE! That’s what nutrition as an endurance athlete taught me. It taught me HOW to fuel my body properly for my individual goals and activity level. It helped me overcome food and sugar addiction and emotional eating. It made me dig deep within to find my WHY, and it changed my life!
It is my OBLIGATION to share how nutrition has changed my life! How saying YES to myself and taking my health seriously changed my body, my mind, my running game, my relationship with food, my career path, my happiness, and my LIFE.