My Journey to Naturally Fit Transformation Contest
This transformation did not happen over night. It had been stewing in my head and heart for as long as I have been an adult. The feelings of knowing that I had been a varsity athlete in high school and what I turned into were disappointing. I have spent most of my life as the “bigger girl.” Sometimes it was tough to hear but I managed it because I was still an athlete. Once I hit college, I decided to focus on things other than sports. Of course my party life was a top priority and with that came horrible eating habits and lifestyle choices. I had made gradual changes and commitments to working out but eating properly was impossible. My doctor told me that I was fine now, but in a few years that I would be diabetic.
The best decision I made for my health was walking into Woodward Crossfit last year. I knew I was ready for a challenge, however I was unaware of the positive impact it would have on my life. It’s funny to look back and remember that I would throw up every day during workouts but always come back for more. Unfortunately, my nutrition prohibited me from seeing the results I desired. This concept of the Paleo diet was completely foreign to me. I would do 30 day challenges, lose weight, get excited, then go right back to old habits and gain it all back.
My coach/nutritionist, Emily Talley, and I talked about my goals and entering a figure competition was one of them. I wanted to sign up for this because I knew I needed accountability, and walking on stage in a bikini was motivation. The question was how was I going to be successful. Emily suggested that I set up my support system over the Holidays. I think this was the best strategy to take on this goal. I let everyone know at work, my friends, and family that I was embarking on this journey and to please be on my side. I will say my relationships changed as I altered my habits and relationship with food.
Seven months into my journey, I have lost 52 pounds as well as drop 5 dress sizes!!! I am so proud. This transformation was not just physical, but mental and spiritual as well. When I look in the mirror I see someone that I love, and when I love me the world reciprocates how I feel about myself. My progress has entered other areas of my life. I am more disciplined with my finances and my work ethic is stronger then ever. I am so grateful for this opportunity to prove to myself that I can do anything. This is only the beginning. I plan on competing in a figure competition this fall and hope to become a competitive crossfitter someday. I wake up every morning to the affirmation that I love myself enough to make everyday count in the gym and the kitchen.