QUICK STORY! A 23 year journey!!!
1st-4th pics: High School Senior Year 1995 – College in 1996
5th-10th pics: Ultra marathon, weight lifting, life-changing colon surgery, living my best life!
In 1997 while in college, I joined Jenny Craig (JC) because at 5’3”, I weighed about the same as my 6’4” boyfriend. I lost 45 pounds in 7 months and although I reached my “goal” weight, I was a hot mess.
I was exciting on 800 calories per day doing excessive amounts of cardio.
The scale weight dictated my entire mood for the entire day if I did not lose weight and much worse if I gained.
I was fearful of strength training because JC said don’t lift because muscle weighed more than fat and all we cared about was the number of that dam scale.
I became unhappy, irritable, stressed and grumpy because my ENTIRE LIFE revolved around not eating, eating pre packed JC meals, starving, and cardio. I would not eat before weigh ins. I would compulsively exercise before weigh-ins. And I would be sure to use the bathroom right before a weigh in, wearing as light as clothes as possible. I was obsessed and it was making me BONKERS!
My AHA moment or wake up call when was I finally reached my goal weight. I thought I would be SO HAPPY and that life was going to be so PERFECT. When I felt as bad as I did stepping on the scale, despite seeing my achieved goal weight, I knew the healthy decision was to cut my ties with JC and start my own journey.
If you’re feeling like the Lee-Ann of 1995, it’s time to make the change. I help busy and stressed women love the body they are in! I offer the gentle nudges necessary to implement positive and healthy lifestyle changes that are sustainable. It’s not about perfection. It’s about progress. All the little steps you take result in big changes over time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, huh?
If you feel my jam, join my tribe. Shoot me a message and we can get you out of the cycle.