The Keto Diet is all the rage these days. People are seeing amazing results with this strict diet protocol. Lists of foods you can and can’t eat and lots of rules are appealing to some people who simply want to be told what to do and when. But is the Keto Diet actually sustainable for the majority of people to maintain? Can you actually see yourself never eating carbs again?
I know I can’t!
This photo from 7 years ago popped up on my Facebook feed this week and made me smile.
This was the start of my Progress not Perfection lifestyle.
This was the first photo shoot that I didn’t diet down for. In fact I haven’t “dieted” since then. As someone who previously competed in bikini and figure competitions, this was a big deal for me. For a long time I allowed myself to believe that my body had to be shredded in order to be photographed. When I stopped competing I vowed never to follow anyone else’s rules with regard to food and set out to figure out a way to eat and exercise that satisfied me instead of deprived me. I didn’t crush myself with crazy workouts and I didn’t restrict my calories to an extreme. I didn’t follow someone else’s meal plan or eliminate certain foods. And for the first time, in a long time, I had energy and felt strong.
I remember showing up for this shoot with two female trainer friends and just feeling NOT GOOD about my body. I fell into the comparison trap and second guessed my decision to show up as “myself”. There they were rocking sports bras and shredded stomachs, and instead of embracing myself as I was, I allowed myself to feel less than. We did photos together and I kept my tank top on. I wasn’t in my “best shape” and I didn’t want to be compared to them. I vividly remember when it was time to do photos and videos individually I was uncomfortably self conscious of my body, instead of grateful for all that it could do. I remember finally telling myself to just be me and instead of faking fitness posing with my muscles, I rocked a yoga pose with a genuine smile instead. I left the shoot feeling bummed that I couldn’t confidently show up as 100% me in my own skin.
I smile today because SO much conscious growth has taken place since this photo was taken.
Now I truly know that my worth is NOT found in what MY BODY LOOKS LIKE or WHAT MY BODY CAN DO. Instead, I am what’s inside of my heart + mind and what I can do to help others bring forth the best in themselves.
Even more has transpired in my business since then and I have been able to guide a lot of people down a healthier path within their lifestyle. I’ve helped hundreds shed the “dieting” mindset in favor of creating a way to eat that works for them sustainably. Progress not Nutrition coaching isn’t about restricting yourself to attain the “perfect body”. Instead it’s about finding the middle ground where you eat in a way that makes you feel your best while incorporating the foods you love in moderation. It is truly a way to enjoy life and find freedom in your food choices.
Are you a woman looking striving for fat loss? Exercising and not seeing the results you want? Give this post a read. Think you are doing all the right things and still not losing fat? Give the Female Fat Loss Hierarchy a read and see what you should be doing to achieve the results you are after. It might not be what you think 🙂 If you are on your fat loss journey and frustrated with your progress, give Progress is Progress, And Fat Loss Is Not Linear a read.
I hope this gives you some insight into what my Progress Not Perfection Online Nutrition Coaching is all about! I’ve decided to do some more “Facetime” work with my online coaching clients and will be doing bi-weekly Facebook Lives covering questions and struggles of group members as well as catching up with clients on the phone half way through the program. I want to see you succeed, and have that success spread to all other areas of your life as well 🙂
Click here if you want to sign- up!