WonderNatarella Posted July 13, 2013 Report Share Posted July 13, 2013 Hello Everybody, I spent the past 3 days reading pretty much everything on this blog and I loved everything about it! I decided to join the rebellion because it made great sense for me and I like the idea of being part of a huge community sharing same values! Here's my story: I am French of African descent, living in a country most of you probably have never heard of : Belgium. Being in a " it's complicated" relationship status with my body and weight. Lots of diets effective and not less effective. I love food. I love cooking. 2 years ago I had a serious health problem I lost 20 lbs by changing radically diet A year ago, I decided to search, read info on nutrition, exercise, cardio etc in order to get fitter and stabilise my weight... I've read plenty of things, my mind started to change, I manage to integrate new habits (protein and good fat breakfast). However, that was not enough.To be honest, it is only recently (over the past 2 months) that I got a breakthough and knew what I needed to do : commit seriously about it. Because I wanted to lose weight, I started in feb 2013 to spend time at the gym, doing cardio mostly. I loved it, it enabled me to be sporty again, get a good endurance level. However, I was frustrated at the fact that I was not really losing weight, the scale said I was gaining some and my clothes said the opposite.... Then I travelled to Asia for 1 month. For some reason, I lost 6kg (about 13 lbs). I took 3 back after I came back and thanks to a coach I started to track everything that went to my mouth. I was still exercising a lot (cardio). I realised that even if I thought I was eating healthy (vegetables, proteines, cut off gluten sources)... there was lots of sugar loads associated with frustration, anger or sadness. I knew I was addicted to it, but I realised that it is for me an emotion management tool.I decided (mi-June) it was enough and that I would weight 160 lbs (I am 5' 8''), get fit and would do what it takes to reach that point. First thing was : cut carbs off. I didn't really manage to keep it sustainable. However I knew it was the thing to do ( to cope with other annoying health problems). Another important breakthrough : "time to build up some muscle Princess! ". I didn"t know where to start and I wanted to be able to train on my own the mornings (because I love working up on mornings!). I bumped into a former colleague that told me she 'd lost 10 lbs thank to having a personal trainer at the gym. I took an appointment with the PT's wife, and I decided to start with her. She changes the exercices at every session, I realised that it was a "cross fit for beginners" kind of training that I was doing. (Actually I found the site by typing " CrossFit for begiiners" ) After my six sessions (3 with her, 3 on my own) I went from 192 to 185 lbs in 2 weeks. Let see how the coming weeks goes. I think the " 80% of success will be built on your diet" will become my power sentence! It is very likely that right diet was what prevented me for reaching my goal! This blog is really complete, after having created my Super hero (Natarella), I intend to follow challenges here in the community and wish to be able to publish by October 23rd (my b-day ) a series of before and after pictures! (sound like a goal, isn't it?) That was a long introduction, but it enabled me to increase my motivation! Hugs from Brussels, Belgium! 1 Quote Level 2- Panthera AssassinCHA 4 - WIS 3 - STA 4 - STR 2 - DEX 1 - CON 2 Why is Natarella here?Steps to greatnessFirst challenge !!Second not-so-good one ..Third challenge Jan 2016 challenge... long time after Link to comment
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