I grew up on diets. I grew up being teased about my weight and struggled for years bouncing up and down on the scale. It wasn’t until my aunt and my mother had joined this club and started doing all these insane fitness events that something finally stuck. They were running half marathons and accomplishing other seemingly crazy feats. I borrowed my mother’s copy of Burn Your Fat Pants by De’Anna Nunez and instantly became inspired and soon after became a member of The Mind Body Fit Club: a club founded by Nunez with the mission to “Empower women across the globe to ditch diets and live fit through improved nutrition, exercise motivation, and by adopting new life-thriving skills that rally personal passion, confidence and self value.”
I’ve never been one to exercise and eat healthy growing up. I had this bad relationship with food and exercise. As a kid, exercise was treated like more of a chore than a good choice and food was not only a way of coping but also a forbidden luxury. Of course upon becoming a young adult I saw it as my chance to eat whatever I want and never exercise ever again. The rebellion of it was fun for a while, yes, but then one day I looked in the mirror and hated who I saw (more so than just through my depressive outlook lenses).
In April of 2012 I weighed 227 pounds.
May 2012, I had decided that I needed to change my life and you can read more about the life changing part here and for specifics, I’ve kept a detailed weight loss blog here.
What The Mind Body Fit Club gave me wasn’t some meal plan or quick diet plan. De’Anna gave me the tools to figure out that I was using food as a prop. The club is not a meaningless membership, but rather it is entrance into a club full of amazing inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds. There are weekly check in conference calls with all the ladies and invites to all over the map to join other members for various events. I’ve made some amazing friends through this club and have learned so much about myself.
I changed all of my unhealthy habits and while I may still abuse food as something more than a source of energy occasionally, I have learned to keep it in moderation because now I’m aware of my thought process behind it.
Today, I weigh 189 pounds and am only losing more as time goes on. In less than two years I lost 38 pounds. I did it without a diet, but instead a complete lifestyle change.