So what’s all of this about?
Do any of these apply to you?
- Have you tried to lose weight many times, and failed?
- Have you tried to lose weight because you were unhappy with the way your body looked?
- Have you ever wanted to lose weight so you could be accepted?
- Have you ever binged, emotionally or just “because?”
- Have you ever felt powerless when it comes to food?
- Have you ever felt pressured to lose weight just because of society’s expectations?
- Have you felt overwhelmed by your goals?
- Have you ever felt pressured to lose weight just because of someone in your life?
Let me go first and say YES to all of the above.
I have had so many struggles with diets and trying to fit a mold that obviously wasn’t made for me. I’ve always struggled with what I looked like, as most people have.
But fortunately, I broke through that self loathing stage of my life.
I have found freedom when it comes to food. I have found a way to exercise that makes me happy and that I really enjoy doing. I eat whatever I want (within reason) and maintain a healthy weight.
And I want to show you how to do the same.
It IS possible to lose weight and get fit without depriving yourself.
It IS possible to fall in love with a healthy lifestyle.
It IS possible to achieve any goal you set your mind to.
It IS possible to accept yourself just the way you are and take baby steps toward improving your health.
And it is all possible to be done by you.
Let me tell you a story about a girl who suffered “serial yo-yo dieting syndrome”. (Totally a thing, not like I made it up just now.)
Hi! I’m Ariel. I’m from North Carolina.
My favorite thing to do is hit the beach with my favorite people, my boyfriend and my son. (& soon to be daughter! 2/19)
My passion in life is health and fitness. But it wasn’t always that way.
Yeah, I get it. I “wasn’t even that fat.”
But I wasn’t healthy either. Far from it.
I used to have an unhealthy relationship with food. I loved it, yet hated it.
I would go on a diet, work out at home, lose a few pounds, get bored or frustrated with the process, and just give up. It was a constant battle with about 10 pounds. Lose, then gain. So frustrating.
I was not happy with myself or the way I looked. I struggled with self esteem issues and feeling like I was never good enough.
I could not be happy while I was trying to get fit simply because I hated doing it. I loved learning about it, and educating myself, but actually trying to apply that to myself was crazy hard.
I wanted so badly to succeed in achieving my dream body, I became obsessive over it. I counted calories and would restrict or forbid certain foods for a little while, until I made myself so crazy that I ended up binging. So in order to make up for that binge, I restricted even more the next day. I felt undeserving of food, and that’s no way to live. I was stuck in a vicious cycle and I didn’t know what to do. It seemed as if I was never meant to be fit.
So I gave up.
And I started again. The same “diet/binge/diet” cycle. I was miserable.
So, how did I break through?
I found quite a few things that worked for me. Losing weight is not a “one size fits all” type of thing. Here is what kicked my booty into gear.
- Body acceptance
I completed a round of Whole30 and kicked my soda habit for good.
IIFYM showed me that I CAN enjoy my favorite foods and still lose weight.
Weightlifting made me feel unstoppable.
I am a huge advocate for the phrase “find your fitness”. So what did I do? I found my fitness.
I joined a gym and began lifting weights (with the help of my boyfriend) after being terrified if the idea. I fell in love with it. And to think I used to be super embarrassed if another human being saw me exercising. Yeah, I was the one doing Insanity behind a closed door.
Once I began doing an exercise that I LOVED, the eating healthy part started to become easier. I was finally able to apply what I learned about eating healthy to my life and have it stick.
I definitely didn’t want to undo all of my hard work by eating junk!
And the last breakthrough, body acceptance, well that was the hardest one of all. I’m a curvy on the bottom type of girl. Pear-shaped. Bootylicious, if you will. I used to hate it. I thought I was so unproportioned and weird looking.
Nowadays, I embrace it.
Don’t thick thighs save lives?
If you’re curvy, own it. You are beautiful, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
There is about a 4 month difference between these photos. The left one, I just began lifting. And the right, around 4 months later.
I’m still not perfect! I’m not an Instagram model, nor do I try to be. I still have flaws, like my hip dips. They’re not going anywhere, I’ve just got wide hip bones. Nothing wrong with it either.
Same goes to you. I’m sure you’ve got flaws, but that makes you unique. You don’t have to look like your version of “ideal”, because it is not you. You are you. Embrace yourself.
Find out what you love doing to stay physically active. Sure, it may take some trial and error, but you will figure it out. And I would be more than happy to help, that’s why I created this blog!
Once you fall in love with the process of getting healthy, it will be one of the most fulfilling things you have ever done!
So what are you waiting for? Today is the day. Start now. Helping people achieve their dreams of getting healthy is what I love to do.
Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email if you have a question, I’d be more than happy to help!