For my entire life I’ve struggled with believing in myself; thinking I wasn’t good enough and never pushing myself to be anything better. Over the years, I’ve fluctuated with my weight and had major body image issues. During my first two years of college, I was told I was ugly and fat every day by a group of girls that I thought were my friends. Eventually, after having your “friends” tell you that over and over, you start to believe them and allow the negative comments to take over. I truly thought I was worthless, ugly and fat, so I became really depressed and my anxiety got so much worse. Everything in my life just seemed wrong and it got to a point where I ended up in the hospital because I was at an all time low with my depression and anxiety. I knew things had to change, but I wasn’t ready. I’m also one of those emotional eaters and eating just seemed to be the only thing that made me feel okay. So, as you can imagine, I gained a good amount of weight at this time in my life. I eventually left that college and took time off from school because I wasn’t in a good mental state.
Fast forward a few years, I still didn’t feel any better about myself, and I was probably in the worst shape of my life, both mentally and physically. In 2015, I decided to make the decision to join the greatest gym I’ve ever been a part of – KFIT Bootcamp. I started strong and worked out like an animal multiple days a week, so I thought I’d definitely start to feel better soon. Turns out only working out wasn’t cutting it for me. I was still lethargic, had only enough energy to get me to the next cup of coffee, and I still wasn’t happy with myself in any way.
Last year, I chose to make a commitment to myself and my well-being and go back to school. I was ready to build myself back up. I started again with school in the Fall of 2016 and got back into KFIT on a regular basis. Things were better, but still something was missing. The nutrition aspect of my life was what I was lacking. My family owns a seafood restaurant and it’s pretty hard to not want to eat everything in sight there, so this had a tight grip on my poor eating habits. Thanks to Kerrie, Ally, and a bunch of the girls at KFIT, who had previously done or were on meal plans, I decided to give this Designed to Fit Nutrition thing a go. I was nervous about how it would affect my social life since so much of it involved going out and having drinks, but I knew I needed to put my early 20s on hold for a bit to get my life on track. I knew I didn’t need to give up social drinking all together, but any of you who know me know that I like to have a good time on any day at any hour!
During the first few weeks of my meal plan, I knew immediately this was what I was missing. I was lacking so much nutritionally, it was insane. Prior to DTFN, I was eating 1,000 calories a day, working out like crazy, and not understanding why I wasn’t seeing results. Every single day during the first few weeks of my plan, I felt better and better – and I was actually seeing the scale go down. I was so baffled that I could eat more and lose weight. Everyday, I started to wake up ready for the day, excited for whatever meals I had planned, and I would look forward to my workout. I’d wake up with energy and truly felt like I could conquer the world! Needless to say I signed up for another 4-week plan with DTFN because I was loving it so much and it was changing my life.
Nowadays, people tell me I look great and, for the first time in my life, I genuinely believe they mean it. I’m losing the weight that I’ve carried for years now and this meal plan is so much more than weight loss for me. It’s me moving on from my past and bettering myself and my future. This program has allowed me to progress in my everyday life. It’s made me crush goals at the gym I’ve never thought possible. At my first week at KFIT, I was doing pull-ups off my coach’s knee (no joke). After starting my meal plan, I did my first unassisted pull-up and have been linking them ever since. I’m also linking double-unders and reached my ultimate goal of rope climbing! I feel so much better during my workouts, and my endurance level has improved tremendously!
I’ve been off of my meal plan for a few weeks now, and I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep track of my meals as well as I did on plan. However, with the help of all of my coaches and friends at KFIT, I figured it out. Summertime brings cookouts, pool parties, country concerts, and friends’ birthdays. I realized staying on track is actually easier than it seems, even when you have event after event. It’s all about moderation and making this new lifestyle fit into my summer plans. I have not once felt like I was missing out or depriving myself. I’m living my life how I would any other summer, going to all the parties, concerts, etc., but now because of DTFN, I’ve learned how to live a happy, healthy, and balanced life. I’ve lost 34 pounds since starting my meal plan, achieved more goals than I even knew I had in the gym, and I know that I will continue to succeed because my mindset has changed.
I could go on forever about what Designed to Fit has done for my life and what KFIT and my friends at that gym have done for me. But, instead, I will just end with saying that I’m a new person because of this plan. Even though I have lost many inches from my body, it is not all about the number on the scale or the size you wear. It’s about how you feel and what you know you can accomplish.
Thank you, Designed to Fit Nutrition. Thank you, Tina. And a big thanks to all of you wonderful people who have crushed your plans and given me the motivation to succeed at mine, too. I’m a new person because of Designed to Fit Nutrition, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I look forward to living my life with this healthy lifestyle that I didn’t know before DTFN!