In the past 8 months, I’ve lost ~35LBS! Although my weight loss journey began just that, a weight loss journey, it has turned more into a Wellness Journey.
I’ve never been an athlete, or even really interested in working out or nutrition. I grew up playing the typical grammar school(3rd grade-8th) sports: volleyball, basketball and soccer; then in high school I ran cross country for a year. After high school, I did yoga and Zumba(which I still LOVE), here and there, and went on the treadmill.
My third year into college, I left for Italy on study abroad. There, I had a mindset of ‘I’m only here for a short time, so may as well eat this gelato for breakfast!’, and within three months my jeans were much tighter. I don’t regret those bowls of pasta, but I do regret neglecting to take care of my body.
I never really was able to tackle that 10LBs or so weight gain, well because I was lazy and didn’t care. And I’ve always loved food.
Three years ago(and three years after my trip to Italy), I attended culinary school in Ireland. During culinary school, I just had to sample everything more than once. Instead of two cookies, ate ten. Instead of just one plate of dinner, I almost always went back for a second helping.
I knew I was going to gain weight in culinary school, it’s almost a given. What happened after culinary school is what sent my health out of my control.
I couldn’t land a job for several months, now, this was my decision. But the amount of peer pressure I got while job hunting/choosing internships over ‘real’ work, combined with my own pressure, made my anxiety creep in. I turned to food and alcohol as a coping mechanism.
After almost a year of hopping up and down Ireland taking part in internships in kitchens, I landed a head cook role! But a month into it, I slipped and broke my ankle. Breaking my ankle shattered my self confidence. It took me so long to land this job, a job where you have to be on your feet for 10 hours of the day.
The months following the break, unemployed, drained physically and mentally, I felt lost and felt like a failure. I turned to food and alcohol more than ever. I gained a ton of weight, lost all of my esteem, and was on the road to some serious health issues.
I decided to move back to San Francisco, back to my siblings and parents. I was so sick or feeling sick, and at the end of the day, my family are my biggest supporters. I hired one of the best trainers in the Bay Area. It was really hard at first, and I doubted I would stick to it more than a couple of weeks. WhenI changed my nutrition it got much easier(tips to follow!). And even though I still struggle some days, fitness and feeling good has become part of my day to day routine. Hiring a trainer was/is the best decision for me. I have accountability and my trainer is such an inspiration.
I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist/dietician. But I hope my story, tips, and facts will inspire you!