You know what they say.. the Sombrero (Camera) adds a few pounds, right? The picture on the left, was posted to a friend’s Social Media Account while on a Bachelorette in Cabo in June 2017. I was MORTIFIED when it was posted, to the point that it put a huge damper on the rest of my trip. You can filter anything you post, but you can’t filter what others post and a true image of how I looked, was right in front of me. “Oh you look fine..” is what others said.. Well what are others going to admit that you could afford to lose a few pounds? Absolutely not! I had to accept it myself - things were really put into perspective. Something had to change, but I didn’t know what it was. I went to the gym every day, I was eating Salads, which are “healthy” right? Wrong. It took me a good 6 months after that trip, to January 2018, when I finally approached Jenna and knew that I had to change my eating habits & she was my “go-to-gal!” I was scared, of course – does anyone want to admit they need help? No. But it was necessary. I was an Athlete my whole life, worked out but never really had to pay close attention to what I was fueling my body with. I work from home, I have a very flexible schedule, so I eat when I want, I work out when I want, but I wasn’t necessarily giving my body the pre & post workout nutrition that I needed. This, I needed help with.
My initial conversation with Jenna was a fresh of breath air! I was I guess comfortable with how I currently was, but also was ready to take the next step and I knew that if there was anyone to hold my hand through the process, it was her. The things that Jenna opened my eyes to: my eating habits, portions, proper food groups, times to eat, what I was lacking, what was excessive in my diet, etc. were honestly life changing. They opened my eyes to my nutritional intake (or lack thereof) more so than that picture posted did. The meal plan that Jenna designed for me to follow, was easier than I expected. She was extremely detail oriented and took the time to really focus on something that was tailored to ME, with ME as the focus, which was extremely important to ME and my Goals. The likes, the dislikes, the suggestions, the substitutions, it was all right there in front of me, fool proof BUT the next step was, I had to follow it.
Jenna’s expertise, professionalism, positive attitude, encouragement, lightening quick responses (just to name a few,) and most importantly, her personality, was what made the start of the weight-loss, healthy eating journey an easy transition for me. I felt that for two completely different people, two different (yet similar) lifestyles, two different body types, we related in so many ways. I felt so comfortable and it was so easy to speak with her about my struggles, my successes, my weight loss, my feelings, my life! I know from being a Coach, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing results, and seeing the results of someone you’ve helped coach to achieve their goals, and I constantly felt that Jenna was my Coach, my number one motivator, to help me achieve my goals. I was honest with her, and she never once made me feel like I was slacking, or that I was off-track (when I might have been) but was quick to give me a swift kick in the.. to get me right back on track. There’s something about her presence in a room, her bubbly, outgoing personality that just radiates through those around her and often reminded me mentally & physically, that I’ve got this!
It wasn’t easy, it still isn’t. It’s a lifestyle I’ve adapted to, but wouldn’t have been able to do it alone. I haven’t made a solid “Salad” for myself or ordered one off a menu, probably since February, because of all this journey with Jenna and her guidance. Don’t get me wrong, I still “cheat” here and there (in moderation) & I laugh at myself every time I pull out a GG Cracker at the dinner table and everyone around me gives me awkward looks, because she forewarned me that would happen. People ask how much weight I’ve actually lost and I couldn’t tell you. I don’t own a scale, haven’t stepped on one since my last Doctor’s visit over a year ago, but based on the fact that my pants are literally falling off, I have more energy throughout the day, I sleep better at night, I LOVE to food shop & cook (& oddly enough read nutrition labels) I think I’ve lost a fear, some misconceptions of “healthy eating,” and gained the confidence to be proud of how I look, and a life-long friendship with Jenna, which I am extremely thankful for. As someone once told me & I kind of now believe it.. “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels..” but while that beer in the picture on the right, taken May 2018 (11 Months later) did taste pretty good, it felt even better to post & really put into perspective my body transformation all thanks to HappySlimHealthy! <3