When I was a little girl I was a little chubby and then that turned into slightly overweight and then just overweight. I don't remember life when my mom wasn't on some kind of diet and it just seemed like the norm of my family was just like that.
I loved my parents, but they both worked hard and I am now realizing that we simply didn't know about nutrition... we bought into the box dinner lie. I grew up on Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee and Kraft Mac and Cheese. In fact, a good meal was steak and potatoes or going out to a mexican restaurant. My only vegtables came from a can and consisted of corn, green beans and peas and when we had salad it was ice berg (not so nutrious). I also loved cookies, chips and fastfood and noone told me differently.
We just kept going up to the next size in clothing and I just figured this was who I was. Inside, I felt strong and fast and atheletic, but on the outside I was just a chubby little girl who wasn't very fast. Add to this fact that I was smart and funny, then you have someone who didn't want to try things that she didn't know how to do too well... I am thankful that video games were a new thing to my generation and not all that good, so I still spent lots of time outside, running and playing with friends.
From an overweight kid... to an overweight teenager to an obease adult.... I just kept shopping at different stores and not really understanding why I would exercise but never lose weight. I wasn't a binge eater nor a binge dieter. I have been on maybe 3 diets in my entire life... most of the time rejecting them and being frustrated that I couldn't just eat like my skinny friends and not care about food. As an adult, I worked too much and never really learned how to cook until I gave up everything and moved to Africa.
My whole life I have waited to start learning what I have been learning in the last 5 years or so... while in South Africa, I had to learn to cook if I wanted to eat. It wasn't really a choice. I found that I actually liked cooking and that I LOVE vegetables.
Then when I moved to Nashville my friend told me about Kale. Don't laugh, but I had never heard of Kale before. I started out slow... added it shakes. Then I would try to buy more veggies...use olive oil to start with. From that day more than 3 years ago to this day, I have learned SO MUCH about nutrition and my body.
I have learned more about organic foods and why grass fed beef is important. I have learned about the woes of diary and gluten...though it wasn't an easy lesson to learn because I fought it most of the way.
Then this year I tried something new...
I took a challenge with my friend... the WHOLE 30. It is a 30 day eating challenge where you cut out DAIRY, GRAINS, SUGAR and LEGUMES (and Alcohol).
When I finished my 30 days, I had lost 8 pounds and was feeling really good. So, I added in activity to my goal and now my daily goal is to eat well and MOVE everyday. I learned while doing the Whole 30 how to plan and cook ahead of time and how to get creative. So I decided to keep eating the same way for the most part... and the pounds have been coming off quicker... well, I started moving alot so that helps!
I am finding my inner athlete because every day I am getting stronger and I can work a little harder. I hope to talk a little more here about the journey because I honestly am having FUN! I should mention that I bought a FitBit and am having fun competing with friends to keep up my activity everyday.
So... since I have found this inner athlete I have decided to try something I have never done....a Sprint Triathlon.... that is .25mi swim, 12 mi bike and a 5 mile run. So, I am "training" now and believing that I will be ready come July!
Have you found your inner athlete?