I initially began my true “fitness journey” in college. I competed in cross country, swimming and track (long distance) in high school and qualified and competed in States multiple times in each sport. When I got to college, I tried out for the Duquesne cross country team, but sadly did not make it as my heart just wasn’t into competing anymore.
In my first years of college, I drank, and gained a heafty freshman 20+ and ended up tipping the scale at 165 lbs.
Terrible picture quality, but you get it. I was uncomfortable, pudgy, and unhappy. This was right before I met my soon to be husband, and around my second/early third year of college.
At the end of the third year, I knew I had to make a change. I restricted my calories, set up a Spark People page, and started working out again. I did around 30 minutes of cardio and zero weight lifting. In the end of my third year and into the summer of my fourth year of college, I lost 20 lbs and hit my lowest weight of 148 lbs. I was ecstatic!
I started dating my now husband at the time and felt really good about my weight. I dabbled in some marathon running and completed 5 marathons over the course of the next 3-4 years.
I kept the weight off but soon realized that I wanted a more “toned” (oh how I hate that word now) look and went on a mission to “get lean”. I started lifting weights, saw minor progress and started flexible dieting. This all occurred about 2 years ago. I started on my own but saw very little progress.
I hovered around 150-160 lbs when I started flexible dieting, but had NO idea really what I was doing. So I hired an “internet coach”. I stuck with him for about 2 months and lost…maybe…5 lbs. I got down to 153 which was my lowest in a while before I thought about dabbling with reverse dieting to build my metabolism back up. I also started Crossfit, and my coach didn’t have a great idea about Crossfit style workouts and how my nutrition should be planned around that.
I went on vacation with my family, thought that I looked pretty decent, but soon had a bit of a self realization after reading a pretty motivating book at the beach.
I came home from vacation more determined than ever. I switched Crossfit boxes to one that would provide me with a more competitive path and better coaching, and I also was set on improving my overall physical body composition and leaning out. I finally decided to buck up and hire a company to do my nutrition programming. I started with them in September.
I documented my journey in my “Weekly Updates” section and successfully lost 15 lbs with them and completely changed my body composition.
I recently found out that I have a spinal condition called spondylolisthesis, which has been a complete game changer for my workouts and Crossfit. Although it was a blessing in disguise, it has become a little bit more challenging mentally to deal with this injury. I am currently taking my nutrition to a different level and have started the process of reverse dieting, and slowly adding in more calories.