I used to think sugar was better than fat.
I used to think going to the gym was about spending an hour on the treadmill.
I used to think terms like manifestation or the universe were just a bunch of woo woo.
And I used to think that meditation and yoga were boring.
That was until I started my own health journey in 2015.
No, I’m not going to share some impressive story of huge weight loss or my survival of some terminal illness. But I will share with you a story of self discovery and why that might be just enough to inspire you to go on your own health journey.
After watching That Sugar Film and reading I Quit Sugar (thanks to my #fitspo friend Bec!) I became consciously aware of just how much sugar I was eating.
Supposedly we’re recommended 6 teaspoons of sugar each day, which to me sounded quite a lot. I didn’t eat lollies and rarely drank soft-drink so I thought of myself as living a life that was relatively “sugar free”.
While I didn’t “need” to lose weight, I was curious about better understanding the food I was eating so I tracked every meal in the My Fitness Pal app.
The biggest shock came when I found out that my breakfast everyday which consisted of muesli, low fat strawberry yogurt and an apple juice added up to a whopping 11 teaspoons of sugar (4gm = 1 teaspoon).
It was then I realised I needed to make big changes.
I went predominantly sugar free and was really conscious of the amount of sugar in packaged foods I was purchasing.
It wasn’t long before I became obsessed with tracking my food, especially calories in vs calories out. If I ate wholefoods that were calorie dense like chia seeds, nuts or oats, I’d have to do more exercise to combat these.
Long story short, I lost 4kg and was looking great but I had so say bye bye to the app. Because I love food (like, LOVE FOOD!) I was choosing running and HIIT over going for a walk along the river with friends or attending a yoga class for fear of not meeting my “calories out” number for the day.
Yep, it was an obsession.
I now don’t count calories but eat a wholefoods diet (as much as possible!)
I eat little dairy and little gluten, but indulge in dark chocolate and peanut butter every day.
I don’t feel guilty about eating a burger, pizza or fish and chips, especially when I’m enjoying it in the company of the people I love.
I go to the gym 3 afternoons a week and do Saturday morning exercise circuits with a group of girlfriends.
I meditate every day as part of my morning routine to nourish my mind.
I walk my puppy Willow every morning, sometimes we grab coffee and sometimes we play at the beach.
But most importantly, I’m at a point now where I’m aware of how my body feels when I fill it with goodness and crave that feeling every day.
I hope you get something out of following my journey and it inspires you to embark on your own journey towards a healthier and happier you.
Age: Just celebrated my 30th in November 2018 Family: I’m married with a fur baby (want to see her?) Location: I’m lucky enough to live on the coast in Perth, Western Australia Day Job: I’m a Content Strategist that works with healthy lifestyle brands Coffee Choice: I’m obsessed with long blacks (iced for summer!) What I Eat: Primarily high fat, high protein wholefoods with little dairy and little gluten How I Exercise: Gym three days a week (HIIT and weights), yoga and walking My Favourite Place: Being anywhere close to the beach Fear: I’m absolutely terrified of cockroaches Big Goal: To have a passive income stream so I can spend more time writing