I just wanna ask a few questions so we can get down to business. Sound cool?
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 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 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.
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.
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?
- 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.
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?
Whether you’re curvy or slim, own it. You are beautiful, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Want to see what happens when you just do you? Forget about what other people think, accept your body for what it is now, and make changes only if you want to.
Check out this progress photo.
There is about a 4 month difference between these photos. The left one, I just began lifting. And the right, around 4 months later.
See those little hip dips? Well they’re part of me and I accept that. There’s really nothing I can do about how the bones are shaped inside of my body. I used to hate them. I tried so hard to round out my hips a little more. Once I realized there are going to be some things that I just can’t change about myself physically, life became better. I was happier.
I learned how to eat healthy, exercise, and be okay with who I am and how my body is shaped. I learned how to be happy during my journey. I didn’t just focus on the end result because I fell in love with the process. Once you find your groove, you will do the same.