1. What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?

I have always been a person to appreciate life and all that it has to offer…sometimes a little too much in the food/drink dept. ha! Nutrition, exercise is something which has always been a part of my life & on my mind and I have done probably every diet known to man… The problem is I am a yo-yo dieter..& I would lose weight to eventually gain it back again (this has gone on for a good portion of my life)… I would put nutrition/exercise as a priority for a certain period of time & then when I would “cheat” I often just derailed to the point of starting all over again and never getting results I wanted. If anything it made me feel worse, unhappy, etc… which would eventually cause me to go into this downward spiral (emotional eater). I knew it was not where I wanted to be and I deserved better & would tell myself “tomorrow” but did not stay accountable to that “tomorrow”.

2. What made you decide to make a change?

Over a year ago I went gluten free (or depending on the day 80%-100%) and that really started this “fitness/health” journey for me. I did see some positive results & felt a lot better but still wasn’t where I wanted to be. I knew I needed something more, something to just help me get to my end goal/ journey (as I had the vision but just needed help to get me there). As luck would have it, a couple months ago, Nickie had posted info on Facebook re: a challenge & was looking for people to partake…so I ended up reaching out to her. I KNOW now that was one of the BEST things I have ever done in my life! I have seen more changes in the past couple months then I have seen in years. I am a happier, stronger, healthy me and love that feeling. I also love the feeling of going to a gym where there is so much positivity & inspiration from the other members and the trainers/instructors. It really motivates me to want to do better & continue to push myself. So I thank you for that!

3. What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc.)?

One of the biggest things which has changed is my focus on really wanting to succeed on this “fitness/health” journey. I take the time to prepare food, setup my schedule for the week (for exercise and balancing that to whatever else is going on) and I stay TRUE to that. The accountability thing is huge in the overall success and I have now formed the habits necessary to help me stay on track & be accountable. That is not to say I won’t cheat here and there but the difference now is I am COMMITTED to my fitness goals & overall health which almost make me not want to cheat but rather continue to “Stay The Path!”