By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment.” 💞
For most of my life, I’ve viewed healthy eating and working out as a way to lose weight and get skinny, and that was it.
Anyone who knew me back in the day would tell you I was a straight sugar addict. I tried “eating healthy” from time to time but only temporarily. I’d done a wide variety of extreme FAD diets with my mom and failed at every one of them.
They all left me feeling WEAK, SUPER exhausted, deprived and out of control. It led me into a binge eating downward emotional spiral. 😬
I just couldn’t stick with it long term and it made me question what was wrong with me. I always ended up having so much guilt when I “messed up.” You see, I come from a family that has been overweight for generations. Most people don’t believe me now, but I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food and my body all of my life.
My family has always celebrated, rewarded, and comforted ourselves with food. 🥘
In fact, every year for my birthday, all I wanted was to go to a buffet (TRUE STORY). I would compete with my siblings and friends to see who could eat the most and guess who ALWAYS won? That’s right, this girl!!!! I CLEARLY remember laying in the back of my mom’s van after eating 8 PLATES of food and feeling so sick. I could barely move and I was proud of myself! 😳 Food was my everything... It wasn’t until after I had my first daughter that I realized I needed to change my ways. I felt SO exhausted everyday, highly anxious, insecure, and depressed. I didn’t feel encouraged or empowered in my body and it affected my relationships.
Then one day, I made the DECISION that I wanted to be healthy and strong, not skinny and underfed. I started to switch from a “Diet Mindset” to a “Healthy Lifestyle Mindset” and I never looked back. 💫🏃♀️ I learned more about each food group and how it benefited my body. I still see food as enjoyable but also very purposeful.
I reminded myself that working out is a privilege that not everyone is granted. It became my therapy and a way to burn my stress and anxiety.
So proud of the 20+ girls doing my End Summer Strong Bootcamp with me! 💗