Reaching for Optimal Health Every 2 – 3 Hours…

Reaching for Optimal Health Every 2 – 3 Hours…

Carrie is someone who has LIVEFull Body Picture in officeD the story of Optimal Health we talk about with everyone. She has been on the “Journey” and knows both the process and the success that can be found by following a “common sense” program with massive support from our Health Coaches. Her story is not unusual. In fact, it is very common – especially the result of transformation. Most of our members start out by waking up and realizing they are unhealthy and possibly overweight because of it. This is decision time. Do you ignore it or do you do what Carrie did and “build the discipline” to change it. Read her story and you can see how she made the choice to change, and what a rewarding choice she made…

“In the beginning…

Carrie Big - croppedA few years back I was in a state of being big and sassy. I did not think I was really all that big but I did think I was curvy and voluptuous and pretty cute. In January of 2010, I had a wake-up call. One morning, I looked at myself in the mirror, sitting on the edge of my bed, and I saw a big fat woman sitting there. I cried. Now, I was not obese at all, but to me, my worst critic, I was.

My next day off, I went to join a gym and go talk to someone about my weight. The gym was easy for me. There was one just down the street from where I worked. However, as far as choosing who to talk with regarding my weight, that was a different kind of decision. If I tried anything for just a little while, I knew that I would not succeed. I wanted to be kept accountable for my actions every week for at least a year, up to two.

My transformation…

The biggest contributor to my transformation was the building of my discipline. Here is where I made a promise to myself to reach for optimal health every 2-3 hours. Seriously, eating several times a day is what it takes to keep the motor running, so to speak. I remember telling myself, after eating breakfast at home, to eat in between 9 AM and 10 AM. After that snack, then I would tell myself to eat in the 12 PM hour. When someone would ask me when I wanted lunch, I would respond with 12 or 12:30. Again, I told myself after eating my lunch, next time to eat is about 3 PM. That is usually right about when I got off work, and would head to the gym. I ate a small snack and then went to work-out for 1-2 hours. I did the meal planning and timing daily and I would do the gym about 3-4 times a week. After the work-out, I would head home and wait to eat for about an hour. That ends up being about 3 hours later then the afternoon snack. Now I like staying up fairly late, so I had to slip one more mini meal in there between dinner and bedtime. I would grab a fruit, which usually is sweet enough to give me that dessert feeling. I also met with my coach every week and when she asked how my week went, I would tell her everything. One thing I really liked was that my coach would ask about anything that was coming up. That sure helped me focus on foods during and around those events in my life.

Warning….

OnceCarrie 1 year after weight loss - cropped you are on your way, you will need to buy new clothes, and then buy them again. I am a jeans kind of girl and as I was losing, I had to purchase new pairs of jeans and then a few months later, purchase new jeans again…that was fun. I went from a size 14 to a size 6. I also had to purge my entire closet of large or extra-large tops. One of the best days ever. One tip for you, find a good tailor and save yourself a little money that way.

My 40th Birthday…

It had been a long time since I had that healthy feeling all over my body and when I turned 40 I wanted to really celebrate being healthier. A bunch of friends of mine took me out to dinner. I had maintained my health as well as being able to manage my weight for just about a year. And over that year, I met with my coach about once a month.

Today….

I love that I can show and talk about my process with everyone…it changed my life. When people see my past and present pictures, they can hardly believe it. I want everyone to know that there is a deep understanding in me, and I hope that every person I meet and talk with will feel that understanding and be encouraged by my story. I know that I went in to great detail, but I know that some people may need to do the same thing in order to stay disciplined and keep on track. All this to say that reaching for optimal health is not a lonely road…there is a community behind you as well as the most amazing coaches. But the absolute best part is how this is such a great experience and an exciting journey that brings about great things in a person’s life. I hope everyone gets on their own Optimal Journey and has the opportunity to Experience Healthy…it’s the best thing that’s ever happened.”

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