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Was ich falsch gemacht habe und was ich wieder tun würde [in my health journey]

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Hello friends! How’s the morning going? I hope you’re doing well so far! Today, I’m cleaning up all the patio furniture and getting it ready for the swimming season. Let’s do this! I’m also looking forward to attending a yoga class in between customer meetings.

In today’s post, I want to share more about my initial journey towards better health. Newer reader friends (Hello! Hello!) may not know that I lost 40 pounds in college. That was long before I became a group fitness trainer, personal trainer, or Integrative Health Practitioner… and I had to learn everything the hard way on my own. That was also back in the old days when blogs weren’t a thing yet. Everything I learned (good and bad) came from fitness magazines and stacks of health books I bought at Barnes and Noble.


When I think back on my initial weight loss journey, I remember the panic (like when I felt sick after eating a pack of cooked chicken and a can of cold black beans, lol), but I’m also proud of myself. I stuck with it, wasn’t afraid to pivot when things weren’t working, and I did a lot of things right.

What I did wrong and what I’d do again [in my health journey]

Here are some of the things I did right and that I recommend as basic habits to all my clients:

– More protein and whole foods. I started focusing on protein in my diet and avoided processed foods. I used to eat almost exclusively processed foods (except for dinner), and eating foods from the earth felt much better. I was still a broke student, so I had a tight budget, but I chose affordable options like apples, yogurt, frozen vegetables, bananas, jerky, and wraps I could make at home.

– Incorporated walking into my routine. Walking made me feel almost instantly better, plus I benefited from the sun and improved my mood.

– Started strength training. I had NO idea what I was doing, but my friend and I hired a personal trainer from LA Fitness. He gave questionable nutrition advice but taught me the basics of strength training.

– Focused on balanced plate and portion control. I learned that my plate didn’t have to consist only of carbohydrates and could actually be satisfying, so I started eating more of it.

I think it’s easy to remember that the classics are classics for a reason – they work! Simple changes that you can maintain over a long period will make the biggest difference.

Mistakes:

Here are some things that were challenging for me, and it took many years for me to unravel the damage of some of them.

– 3-5 hours of sleep per night. It was not uncommon for me to go to school all day, teach at the dance studio until 8 p.m., drive to the school library, study until 2 or 3 a.m., drive home, nap, and repeat. I practically did this throughout college. Weekends were for work (I juggled between two or three jobs), studying, and partying… no sleep for this girl. It’s no wonder I was exhausted, hormonally stressed, and constantly craving sugar and caffeine.

– Ignored stress. I was under significant stress and unaware of the impact stress could have on the immune system, hormones, hunger, skin, sleep, and well-being. Stress management is crucial and can often help prevent changes in body composition.

– Fear of fats (even the healthy ones). „Health magazines“ taught me that consuming fats leads to weight gain, so I avoided them for a long time. Nowadays, it’s forbidden to eat a whole avocado.

– Took hormonal birth control. I now know it was a terrible fit for me and masked many of the hormonal symptoms I had. When I stopped taking it, it felt like the clouds were lifting from my life. (<-- Read this old blog post to see how short they used to be and the terrible pictures there are. But you have to start somewhere!)

– Didn’t focus on fiber or digestion. I might eat one vegetable a day.

– Hopped around without a solid plan. For friends looking to change their lives, this can be one of the most challenging things. There is SO much conflicting information, and what works for one person may not work for someone else.

– Consumed many artificial sugar substitutes. I ate so much Splenda that it makes me shudder to think about it.

My body composition has changed since then, but I also feel much better! Before I did anything for my health, I had no confidence, deep acne on my cheeks, slept poorly, and had digestive issues. I no longer have any of those issues now.

It was a learning journey – you can read everything I had to do and change last year! – but it’s always interesting to look back, assess, and plan for the future.

So tell me, friends: How intricate was your health journey? What are you working on right now? If you’re curious about collaborating at the beginning of summer, let me know (gina@fitnessista.com), and we can schedule a free consultation.

xoxo

Gina




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