August 10, 2019
High fat, low fat, no carbs, all carbs, one meal a day, 18 meals a day…MAKE IT STOP! In a world full of resources It seems like there a thousand options for what “works” as far as weight loss and nutrition is concerned. I got to a point in November of last year where I wasn’t concerned anymore with what the scale said. I didn’t give a rip if I had to size up or down and I REFUSED to let the fashion design industry (which is wack by the way) have any say in how valuable I was. Let’s get that out there first!
I had a sweet girl named Kristen approach me in December about this nutrition program she wanted me to try called the FASTer Way To Fat Loss. She said It would be 7 weeks and I could still eat donuts, gluten and dairy so I said SURE WHY NOT! I didn’t start It with the intentions of losing a ton of weight because, as previously mentioned, I wasn’t too concerned about that. But what I did know is that I didn’t FEEL good…at all. I was tired, sluggish, foggy-headed and bloated pretty much 24/7. So if that could change, cool! But I was TERRIFIED I couldn’t do It. I never had success at anything like this before. Whole30 was about a Whole6 for me and Keto was a KetNO. But I figured I would try one last thing, It couldn’t hurt and if I paid $199 for It that would for SURE be motivation to make sure I stuck with It and didn’t lose that money.
Here were my before photos:
I was still ME. I was Anna and I loved that girl, every square inch of her and the strength she had. And that’s exactly why I did this program, BECAUSE I loved her.
I had a MASSIVE freak out moment in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s the day before prep week started. “What in the HELL is a macro?” “I can’t cook.” “I don’t have time to meal prep.” “I don’t want to sacrifice my love of food to get healthy…FORGET IT” “I CAN’T DO THIS.”
Doubt, fear, insecurity, you name It…they all happened. You know why? Those things love to show their ugly heads right before something amazing is about to happen. Right before you’re about to do something big.
THREE DAYS IN and the hardest part was the fasting. I was always the type to need to have food an hour after my feet hit the floor or I was going to throw up. I would have my coffee every morning and the second the clock struck 12 I was breaking my fast as fast as I could. The eating was actually easy for me. I did a lot of pre-packaged meals from Trader Joe’s and ate out every meal for lunch so snacking is what really helped me round out my macros every-day.
I was doing It, I was actually DOING IT! Counting my macros became a part of my morning routine and something that I loved trying to get near perfect. I noticed I wasn’t reaching for the afternoon coffee because I didn’t hit an afternoon lull. My clothes were starting to fit loose and my rings were spinning around my fingers.
FOUR WEEKS IN and this was normal life at this point. I had tacos and margaritas with my girlfriends, I ate cinnamon rolls, Chick Fit A and I didn’t feel deprived. In fact most days I was eating what felt like too much to meet my macros. I decided to take some progress pictures to keep track of my work and was SHOCKED when I compared the two.
What I learned through this program is that nutrition (and life) is about BALANCE and balance creates sustainability. FWTFL was sustainable. I wasn’t counting down the days for It to be over or having dreams of foods that I could finally eat again. The entire program is about what you eat, how much of It you eat and WHEN you eat It. It guides you through all of that. You don’t have to be a nutritionist or a gourmet chef to do this but you HAVE to do It. Stick to It and don’t make excuses. If you do those things, your results will be INCREDIBLE because It is your body responding to you taking care of It.
It would’ve been ridiculous for me to go into this wanting to be a size 2 because my best friend is a size 2 or because all of the bloggers I follow are a size 2. I AM NOT A SIZE 2. That wouldn’t be ME. I’m a size 6-8ish because when I’m feeding my body exactly what It needs and taking care of It…that’s how It responds. Let your body respond how It needs to and listen to It! If that means that you’re a size 10 when you’re taking care of yourself, honey you better WERK that size 10, because it’s YOU!
I’ll save the sermon…for now. If you never do these things, I’m telling you because I did It, you can. It’s easy and life changing. Two things not often used together. And if you ALWAYS try things like this, you can also do this…because it’s different than everything else, I promise.
The next round starts August 19th which means prep week starts on August 12th and we are only accepting 30 new clients so grab your spot! That’s your practice and learning week so don’t freak out that it’s in a few days…you’ve got this! Sign up here and be sure to put Kristen Mills as your coach, because not all coaches are created equally and she is the MVP (literally number one in the company) and for good reason!
After: Down 18 pounds in six weeks and feeling better than EVER.