I didn’t love what I was seeing this morning in the mirror. I felt bloated and puffy from the last few days of eating out and drinking more than normal. I also felt tired. I had woken up at 3am and was wide awake until I had to leave for work. I was also in pain. My lower back has been in a lot of pain and has forced to adjust things like how I can workout and move my body. .
All these things combined, my brain started drifting down that familiar pathway of thinking where I begin to be critical of myself and my body. It felt heavy and grossly familiar. That’s when I decided to take out my phone and take a photo of myself and celebrate my body instead of critique it. .
The body in the picture, I worked hard for it. Really hard. I used to work hard with the goal of having abs, but the last year and a half has been even harder work than the days of two a day workouts and burpees. .
I've worked hard to let go of the expectations I had put on myself to have a perfect body. I've worked hard to let go of the unhealthy obsession with food and exercise. I've worked hard to find the beauty in myself as I have watched my body change and become softer in some areas. I've worked hard to face my own fatphobia and really dig to the root of why I believed gaining weight could be the worst thing to ever happen to me. I've worked hard rewiring my brain and healing from bulimia's urges.
This is the body of my dreams. The body that I’ve worked really damn hard for. The body that allows me to have peace of mind and time spent making memories instead of counting calories. The body that’s been through it all with me. It might be softer, but it’s so much stronger 💜
Gaining weight 😶 is your worst fear.
I get it! You have so many past experiences where that scary number on the scale went up and you felt like the world was crashing down around you.
You went from feeling good when you woke up that morning >> to feeling like you were the biggest person on earth 😞 that was unattractive and therefore unworthy.
Does this sound familiar?
However now you want to break free of binge/emotional eating and restricting foods. 🙋🏼♀️ You want to move into intuitive eating and food abundance. 💕 BUT the big thing stopping you is this fear of weight gain.
Fears are all shaped from our past experiences, anytime in the past you gained weight and felt horrible, now your mind reminds you of this every time you go to break your own food rules. 🌿 Your brain is programmed to protect you from feelings of pain, sadness, frustration and so on. So anything that may bring these feelings your way, your mind responds with fear, this fear is a warning.
This warning is trying to protect you, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth! ✨ It doesn’t mean if you stop restricting you will fail. ✨ It doesn’t mean if you begin intuitive eating that you will gain 50kgs. ✨ Your fear is not the truth.
When our fears are based on past experiences, you have to create new experiences to shift these fear feelings inside of your mind.
The big question to ask yourself when you are facing fear of weight gain is… 🌸 Am I doing things differently this time compared to in the past when I did gain weight?
For example if in the past you gained weight binge eating when you tried to stop restricting food but this time you are learning about intuitive eating & working on healing your binge eating, 💃🏼 these are two completely different approaches. Knowing and understanding this will help you move into taking action instead of being held back by fear.
Fear is simply trying to protect you but don’t let it stop you from taking action!
Is this fear of weight gain something you struggle with and what past experiences have shaped this fear for you? ☺️😘
Started taking these today after a recommendation from one of my best friends. I’ll keep you updated on if they help if I notice a difference.
ARE YOU BLINDED BY THE ENDLESS GOAL TO LOSE WEIGHT & TAKE UP LESS SPACE?
Have you ever considered wanting anything else? Or what you really want behind that goal? Or what it truly represents to you?
I talk to women all the time who have achieved the weight loss, who were “successful” at their diet, and who have gotten to the end with a transformation pic to post on Instagram - and feel NO different. They’re still unhappy. This is because weight loss is not a feeling, it’s just a THING.
Close your eyes and think of 3 things that the weight loss symbolizes for you.
Then ask yourself if you really HAVE to achieve weight loss to feel those things. And before you say yes, remember that weight loss isn’t a feeling, it’s a thing.
Feelings can be felt no matter what size you are, the number on the scale or what you think you “should” look like. You just haven’t let yourself GO there. You haven’t believed in it. You’ve kept your blinders on. You’ve not let yourself fully live, be happy, confident or fulfilled because you haven’t lost the weight. Will you just KEEP waiting? That’s not really fair.
What if you practiced liking yourself NOW. Doing things and connecting with others who make you feel those 3 things NOW. Saying 1 nice thing instead of a horrible thing when you look in the mirror in the morning. Give yourself permission to like and love yourself. Cause likely you’ve not granted yourself that before.
Binge eating and food addiction heap so much shame, guilt, low self esteem, depression, anxiety, and frustration. I had to learn the hard way. But what if I told you there’s a spiritual side to this addiction? What if I told you the reason dieting, exercising, and medication isn’t working is because you are fighting the wrong battle? This 6 week course is about providing to tools you need to break the chains of food that have held you as a prisoner. No more of food controlling your thoughts. No more feeing powerless around food. No more shame. No more depression. No more. No more. No more! I’m taking a stand. And I want you to join me! Email me for more information on this 6 week course to food freedom! (In Bio)
First we look 👀, then we eat🍴!
Binge eating disorder? Then please read!🧡⬇️
What is the very first thing we do before we have a bite? Smell? Taste? Touch? Or see?
✨When we go grocery shopping, Why do we feel tempted to go with the more expensive brands packaging, why do we want to pick the best looking vegetables and fruits? Why do we match our shoes to our clothes or, put on makeup and comb our hair? Why does nature have a healing effect? ...Why do those “Instagram” pictures have to look Perfect + Pretty all the time (You see those “Instagram” vs “Reality” posts?!).
By far the most important organs of sense are our eyes and we perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight. We are usually attracted by the beauty. If we put effort to look good in order to feel good, why wouldn’t we put an extra effort on our food? 💁🏻♀️Especially if your priority is nutrition!🍏
👱♀️👉YOU DESERVE to look good, to have matching shoes with your pretty dress👗 ..But, don’t you forget, you also deserve to have nutritious and well presented plates to nourish your body and soul!☯️
A study by👨🏻🔬 gastrophysicist Professor Charles Spencer at the Oxford University has proved that making something look good makes it effectively taste better too. If you have binge eating disorder, you might want to start working on the presentation of your foods. If your eyes are satisfied enough, your stomach may be too! Don’t forget to chew your food and eat slow!
Would love to see your beautiful plates! Don’t forget to tag me!☺️❤️Thanks to @fitwmeneat
for this wonderful graphic.
Happy weekend guys!
#apples #keto #bingeeating #calories #diet #weightloss #recipes #recipe #chef #cooking #bbg #healthyeating #nutrition #macros #protein #eggs #almond #recovery #selflove #mealprep
***MEAL TIP MONDAY***
Put your food on a plate!!
Yes, it kind of sounds silly to say, but it’s important! You not only realize how much food you are eating (because we ALL know how easy it is to overeat!!) but it also makes eating visually enjoyable!
You hear all the time that you should be eating the rainbow 🌈, and what better way to keep watch than by seeing it on your plate??!
Comparison goes both ways... you have to protect your heart by not comparing yourself against others, but you also can’t compare others to your own journey.
If a sister wants to diet and have abs, don’t judge her. If a sister wants to love her body even at its heaviest, don’t judge her. We don’t have to devalue someone else’s journey just to value our own.
This is something I talked about in today’s Coffee w/ Caroline & Kaitlyn Podcast (find it on
5 Different Methods to Avoid Overconsuming or Binging on “Less Healthy” Foods…
1 | Can’t Stop Won’t Stop:
If you can't stop, just don't buy the foods in the store and always go into grocery shopping with a full tummy and healthy mindset. You will need to make the decision not to make the purchases you know that you can't control and just to walk away.
2 | Moderation, Schmoderation:
I love to teach moderation but sometimes with certain “trigger” foods it’s better to keep them out of the house. Not entirely off limits but that way if you really want one you have to WORK to go get it.
Self reflection question: do you need to remove the mentality of “I can’t have this so I want it more”? Maybe this is one of those things that you avoid completely now, but can revisit it later. Or buy a SMALL container/package of a sweet and have ONLY that small serving AFTER a full meal of veggies and protein... Another way of saying this might be:
If I can't stop at one I won't eat it at all.
3 | Just A Little Bit...
Junk Food was designed to take advantage of you:
Foods like Girl Scout cookies and candy are DESIGNED specifically to be difficult to stop at one! This is not an issue of willpower but biology. Maybe reframing the idea of moderation could be helpful... READ MORE on my blog and / or listen to the podcast. Either way, link in my bio!
#bingeeating #overeating #balancedeating
Monday 18th February 2019.
Made it through today without counting calories! I think that’s the first time in ages. I’m really proud of myself today but I still have some lingering guilt within me because I had one chocolate digestive biscuit and didn’t weigh and count my calories. Also, today I was more depressed than usual. Spent the day forcing myself to do things and not wallow in my own self-pity as I initially intended. However, I skipped the gym today and I feel angry at myself for it. .
Food breakdown: I made coconut flour pancakes with chocolate chips. Had a corn cake with laughing cow triangle cheese (light) and 2 scrambled egg whites. Had black tea sweetened with erythritol. Then I didn’t really have lunch, just had a fibre one carrot cake bar and a corn cake. Also had a Rice Krispie cereal bar later on. Then I had the most aesthetically unpleasant dinner which was vegan cauliflower cheese bake, Quorn meat free nuggets and a side of pasta salad my mum made. For dessert I had coffee with a splash of unsweetened almond milk and a fibre one cinnamon square... and also that one biscuit.
#fitness #ed #ednos #anorexia #ana #bulimia #mia #edrecovery #beatingmyed #health #healthy #weightlifting #ednosrecovery #bed #bedrecovery #binge #bingeeating #bingeeatingrecovery #bpd #bpdrecovery
One thing I do wrong is binge eating! 😑 I used to seriously beat myself up about it which would then lead me even further away from my goals. Now I've learned to relax about it because there's really nothing I can do and beating myself up about it will do absolutely nothing. I'm human, I make mistakes and the best way to handle them is simply moving on. This weekend I didn't eat all the right foods and I definitely ate too much yesterday including 2 donuts! Today I woke up with a positive attitude and a bloated tummy. The binge eating was obvious so time to refocus, make better choices and continue on my journey of living a healthy life inside and out. Ladies and gents, it's okay to slip, to make unhealthy choices and have a break, as long as you wake up and try your best each day, you're winning! 🙌 #doyourbest #bingeeating #diet #healthyliving #cleaneating #cleanse #tryyourbest #yolo #eatthecake #healthyandstrong #mompreneur #fitmom #fitness #nutrition #healthandwellness
I always imagined what my life would be like without struggling with food and my body. I just didn't believe for a long time that it was possible.
The truth is that you absolutely can change your relationship with food and your body. The other truth is that the journey doesn't end. We don't get "there." It's a constant evolution.
We can always go deeper in our healing. Once we have the awareness, understanding and tools we can't unlearn them. This journey is a paradigm shift that will lead to every corner of your life.
It's not just about the food or your body. That's a symptom of what's beneath it all. Fear comes up when considering going on this journey.
There's so much uncertainty and our ego likes certainty. Our primal mind wants to keep us safe, even if it keeps us in suffering. On this journey we get to change our relationship to fear.
Yes, changing our relationship to fear is as scary as it sounds sometimes. But it's also full of so much goodness. We don't get to thriving without moving through fear.
We get to push our edges and lean into uncertainty. With uncertainty comes possibility. What if? We always what if on the worst possible outcome. What if instead we looked at the best possible outcome and believed it could happen for us?
With uncertainty we also get to step into creativity. We get to create what our soul desires. We wouldn't desire it if it wasn't possible. Trust the nudges you get before that loud fear voice comes in.
How is it serving you to continue struggle with food and your body? I couldn't do it on my own. I needed mentors, teachers, guides, coaches on this journey.
Trusting those soul nudges takes practice. It takes building new evidence that they are in fact guiding us, by making micro decisions to take action. Start small but start! I have full faith that you can do this, because I have. And I am no different than you.
If your soul is nudging you to start my 6 week online Food Freedom Workshop Series starts March 18th. For more information and to apply click the link in my profile @richelle_ludwig.
Depression rates are very high among disordered eaters.
And it makes it a lot harder to get out of the depression "funk" when your eating habits are all over the place.
When I was introduced to life coaching I learned the idea of feeling my emotions instead of avoiding them.
At first, I couldn't tell you what I was feeling because I was so distant from my emotions. I was so used to hiding from my emotions, I didn't even know what they were.
Actually feeling emotions is SO much easier than all the things I did to avoid them.
It is uncomfortable, but it's only a sensation. It's only temporary.
I've found that there is no joy or happiness in avoiding our emotions. But when we allow ourselves to feel, there is so much joy that can be found.
That being said, depression is real. So is anxiety. Medical interventions have helped me tremendously. And learning to manage my mind has taken me to the next level.
#depression #lifecoach #eatingdisordersanddepression #bingeeating #mentalhealth
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Here’s a sneak peek of upcoming topics and guests:
▪️Culture with @muscleupmunchkin
- super interesting chat about Chinese and world vs. U.S.
▪️Intuitive Eating (your way) with @corporatenutritionist
▪️SEX with yours truly!
▪️Marriage with @travisreinold
▪️Habit Change with @godisadadpodcast
▪️Trauma with @authorlindsaygibson
▪️Burn Out with @kristen_brilliantly
▪️Health at Every Size (what it really means) with yours truly
▪️TV with @jacquimccoy
▪️and a whole lot more!
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Day 18 of "weight unknown"
I've been on liquids for a few days which *had* seemed to alleviate the extreme abdominal pains and radiating back/side pains to some extent. Obviously this isn't a permanent solution and I need to find out what's going on, but until someone at my doctor's office gets back to me, I'm just doing what I can and what I know works based on past trial and error. We've had extreme rains in East Tennessee with a lot of back road flooding. Today was a clear day and thank goodness I felt up to driving to my parents farm because I haven't been able to go there as much as I was supposed to. Of course my parents are understanding and want me to look after myself first and foremost. So I did everything I could possibly do there and then a bit extra, in case I can't get back there until they get home. The air was so fresh and clean and it felt amazing to just soak up some sun! I'd wanted to try again to go to my doctor's office and politely demand to be seen, but easy farm stuff wore me out. Yesterday I began having unexplained vaginal bleeding with pain, much like last month, and I guess things went downhill from there. As soon as I got home from the farm, I began having sudden bowel movements, and very quickly it became explosive diarrhea. This of course excited my ED brain and the "need" to weigh myself is extreme and the "need" to OD on laxatives is high. It sucks that being sick in this way causes me to want to be even more sick. But I'm aware that my brain does this and it's my job to combat those thoughts. So I'm riding out the storm that's raging in my body and in my mind. I'm ultra hydrating, heating padding it up, cuddling with all the cats, and watching tv, all the while reminding myself that I'm doing my very Best.
When Ringo feels that he's not getting the amount of attention he needs, he'll gently paw my face.
I'm working on asking for what I need too.
Emotional eating carries many complexities. But this post is an attempt to strip back it’s concept and discuss it in a measured approach. -
Am I going to have the audacity to advise in the event of an individual’s emotional trauma; “just don’t eat it”?Well... Yes. I am because by whatever therapy or discovery you embark on, if successful, they will all end in you explicitly deciding NOT to emotionally eat anyway. You already have the uncomplicated power to do that now.
Whilst debate about the intricacies of human psychology and it’s relationship with calorie consumption seems to be prevalent, we have normalised to notion that food can control us. However, it cannot. We have succumbed as victims to the resulting weight gain and/or obesity. However, we can choose not to be.
Unfortunately, all this does is give subconscious excuse for its perpetual, irresponsible reoccurrence in one’s life, especially during periods of mild or extreme trauma. Whilst these events can evoke emotion, pain and suffering, logic tells as that food has no bearing on the healing or solving of these problems. Despite the presence of emotion, we need to be strong enough to also apply logic. -
Simply ‘saying no’ is simplistic and elementary. But it is one way we can take responsibility for our actions and properly confront our problems. To give a basic example; “why are you eating 4 cinnamon swirls?”... “Because I had a bad day at work”.... “will that make your bad day at work better?”... “No”.... There we have it.
This subject clearly cannot be drawn out in one Instagram post and I expect some criticism for my lack of clinical skill/research. But if it helps just one person self reflect and discover that; Actually they do have 100% control of their choices, that food may not solve their problem and that overeating may create more problems, then this post will have been worthwhile. Yes/No. To do or not to do. Sometimes it can be simple as this if you allow it. 🙂
#thefitnesschef #emotionaleating #bingeeating #obesity #nutritioncoach #eatsmart #fatlosshelp #fatlossjourney
A couple years ago I would’ve NEVER been able to eat what’s in front of me now without a guilty conscience.
That being said it’s transformation time.
No comparison pictures, no promotions, no bullshit.
The truth is, I’ve been fighting for a while. Fighting to eat right, fighting to be happy, and fighting to not be so damn self conscious. I have gone through restricting my eating, all the way to binge eating. I’ve gone through phases where I never leave the couch for weeks, then phases where I exercise every chance I get.
Did it make me feel better? NOPE. Did I see results? HELL NO. You will never see results without a plan. We know when things need to change, but we never know how to change or where to start.
Change starts with the mind. Physically it will be impossible to love yourself if mentally you do not. It’s time to open your eyes and realize that YOU are a badass! YOU can do anything you put your mind to. Is it easy? Not all the time. Is it worth it? Yessss.
Ladies, I promise you, nothing will make you feel better than bettering yourself.
Easier said than done? YEP.
So now is the time to hold yourself accountable. Do something today to better yourself. If you need help, REACH out to me and I would love to help.
You’ll thank YOU later.
Make up, hair did. Who dis?!! —-Emily
What you do today is the foundation for your future.
Does MyFitnessPal consume your thoughts? It did for me. I spent all of my time during my eating disorder on my phone logging my food and counting calories. 📲I missed out on spending quality time with friends and family because my nose was stuck in an app.☹️
Finally, when I got a notification that I had logged for 900 days in a row (😳and that’s only the days in a ROW, not the total time I used it!) I knew it was time to say ✌️ out to MFP. So I did. And my life is SO much better because of it!🙌🏻
If you’re consumed with thoughts of calories and macros and want to be FREE here is what to do: Delete your app. 🚫It’s beyond scary, I know. It feels like you can’t live without it, but you CAN! And I’m here to support you and help make that a reality. 😘
If you’re anything like I was you have all of your safe food nutrition facts memorized and you may be tempted to mentally calculate, but try not to. 🙅♀️Consider this your sign if you’ve been wanting to quit the number game. Yes, I’m looking at YOU girlfriend! You’ll be SO HAPPY YOU DID!!!!!
Let’s do something different today ~ let’s work on believing in ourselves.
I know you are a perfectionist who thinks things need to be “just so” and that you are quick to find faults in yourself. .
What would happen if we realized that we all have faults and things cannot always be “just so”? What if we had the same rules for ourselves that we did for our best friend? What if believing in ourselves, just as we are, was the prescription we needed to begin being happy, content, and fulfilled?
One way to do so today is to look in the mirror and smile at yourself. Or, write down 5 nice things about yourself. Try one of these today ~ and do it again tomorrow and the next day. Let’s start believing in ourselves 💙🦋💙
No, I’m not cooking a grilled cheese 😂. I’m going to try an experiment for the next month.
I want to see what happens when I stop saying that I’m an emotional eater.
I want to see what happens when I start saying that I manage my emotions extremely well.
I truly believe that we act in accordance with who we believe we are, and I don’t want to be an emotional eater.
It’s ultimately a self fulfilling prophesy. By saying “I deal with emotional eating”, I will forever be dealing with emotional eating.
I don’t want to continue being pulled back into eating cookies to make myself feel better.
It’s over 👏🏻🙅🏻♀️ Old thought: I’m an emotional eater
New thought: I manage my emotions really well
Changing your life starts by changing your beliefs 👊🏻 I’m holding myself to a higher standard from now on.
#emotionaleating #bingeatingdisorder #bestronghoney
I started wearing glasses about 3 years ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mostly just when I was reading. Now I need them more than not. It was hard to accept this change in my physical state at first.
I feel like I'm 30 but my eyes are saying nope chica you are middle aged!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When the hell did that happen!? lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My point... life doesn't have a pause, rewind or erase button. So stop putting off on improving your health! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Time flies by so fast! Don't wake up one day and think WTF? Why did I not do something years ago!?
Regrets are something we have because we didn't take action and feel sorry for ourselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Be the person who has no regrets!! Remember there are no failures just feedback.
daily lemon water to cleanse your body and soul.
Should you stop drinking while working through binge eating recovery?
here’s the deal…
I believe in moderation.
With most things.
However the ability to understand how to create an environment that will set yourself up for success in your recovery is incredibly important.
The process of binge eating recovery starts by learning how to find balance in environments you feel most comfortable in (i.e.: your home, work, the places you spend the most time etc) & then progresses into learning how to navigate more difficult situations, like traveling, the holidays, social events etc.
Alcohol creates a different internal environment for us to try & navigate & weakens cognitive function.
The pre-frontal cortex is the area of the brain responsible for reason, rational thought, & decision making & it is one of the regions of the brain we see a substantial decrease in activity in when we drink.
Essentially we weaken our internal locus of control (our ability to act in alignment w our good intentions) & b/c alcohol also increases norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for arousal & excitement, it can lower your inhibitions & increase impulsivity, making it harder to consider potential consequences of your actions.
This is why it’s not uncommon to eat farrr more when you’re drinking.
In the Food Freedom Masterclass our focus is on teaching our clients how to strengthen the pre-frontal cortex through unique mental collaboration techniques which increase the feeling & sense of control...
...so alcohol & other substances that inhibit cognitive function are certainly not helpful during the binge eating recovery process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Does that mean you have to give them up altogether, forever...certainly not.
But it does mean it will make your recovery journey more challenging.
What’s your experience with alcohol & binge eating? Let’s talk about it ♥️ #halongbay #vietnam #takemeback
sweet potato fries, but hold the oil. oil is a processed food with a high calorie load and minimal nutrient density per calorie. eat the whole olive instead. or have more sweet potato 😏
There is no limit to how much green tea I can drink. 🍵 I gained two pounds after yesterday. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still so upset with myself. Oh well. At least I’m already getting back on track.
GOOD CARBS VS. BAD CARBS 💥 Which side are you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hi guys! I've noticed this silly trend in nutrition that is seemingly mirroring what is going on elsewhere in society where everything has to be sugar-coated in political correctness. In the case of nutrition, there's this idea now that there's no such thing as a bad carb or a good carb, so long as you eat everything in moderation or are meeting your calorie goals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍩 Well I'm here to tell you, it's time welcome sanity back to the table. A deep fried donut is an example of a bad source of carbohydrates. I'm not saying this ironically, or to be funny—a deep fried donut made of refined white flour is actually bad! Shocker! These foods are not healthy to eat, even in moderation, though eating one here or there won't kill you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🥔 The example of a “good” carb source on the right is a sweet potato. It is a cellular source of carbohydrates, meaning that the starches are contained in plant cells, which make the glucose contained within more slowly absorbed into your body. The sweet potato is also a source of numerous nutrients, such as potassium, beta carotene, and resistant starch.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Calories matter, but let's stop the madness. Quality matters too. Any questions? 👊🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Love you guys. 🤗♥️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weightlossprogress #weightlossproblems #weightlosscommunity #pushpulllegs #gymadvice #weightlossjourney #hypertrophy #overeating #mobilitywod #flexibility #physicaltherapy #yogi #yogabody #iifym #deadlift #squat #hypertrophy #physio #ukfitfam #healthyeating #drinkwater #myodetox #powerbuilding #flexibledietinglifestyle #hipmobility #musclegrowth #bingeeating
Quick little brekky while I chase those stories👩🏼💻🍊🍦 I don’t get hungry in the morning but I’m going to start small and try to train myself to eat breakfast every day and kick start my metabolism.
Same bedroom. Two very different people.
I actually felt embarrassed when I saw that photo on the left and I was hesitant to post it now, but then I remembered that that person isn’t me anymore and that I shouldn’t feel ashamed of who I was, I should instead feel proud of who I am today and what I’ve achieved. I was 19 stone on the left photo, which was me at my absolute heaviest. I was severely depressed and honestly I was eating myself into an early grave. I wouldn’t normally dream of showing somebody a photo of myself with such bad skin, but that was just the product of a really poor diet and no exercise. So I want to show off what I was doing to myself back then. The photo on the right was taken tonight after a session with my personal trainer and good friend @paul_cambray
and it’s honestly such a far cry from what I was only a year ago. You heard correct... A YEAR AGO... insane right? Well that’s what hard work and determination get you. RESULTS. If you are unhappy with something in your life, do everything you can to change it. Don’t take no for an answer. Anything is possible when you truly focus and give it your all.
Lastly, let’s try to be kinder to one another. It’s so easy to sit and judge people for the way they look, but some people are fighting battles we can’t see and you never truly know what somebody is going through / have gone through. Think before you speak. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Spend more time treating people how you would want them to treat you. 💙
#beforeandafterweightloss #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #fitness #gymmotivation #gym #personaltrainer #bingeeating #bingeeatingrecovery #positivevibes #bekind #itgetsbetter
have at least one huge salad a day to fill your body with an abundance of micronutrients.
Have you ever felt that even though you’re eating carefully and exercising regularly, but you’re not losing weight?
It’s called Weight loss Plateau and it’s completely normal
Check out these tips to overcome weight loss plateau and start losing weight!
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#weightlosstransformation #weightlossplateau #fitness
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Jumping into a new week. .
We put so much pressure on ourselves to hustle and grind. I used to pride myself on my productivity and my achievements. But, when I had checked the boxes off of one list, there was another waiting to take its place or another goal to reach.
Take a deep breath. You don't need to do everything. You don't need to be perfect. You just need to be present. Do the best you can and be compassionate with yourself if you feel like you need to be doing more in order to be successful or worthy. .
You are already enough.
Have a great week beautiful souls! 💕
👏🏼 Don’t care what people think. It doesn’t matter 💁🏼♀️
It’s that time my sea goddesses! Our first #shiningseaGoddess
is Daniela @loveisall_youneed
! Let’s give her lots of love! ❤️
Daniela is a native Texan who hates the cold. Music is her life, and she loves to dance and do yoga but is naturally lazy 😂 (her words). She has been married for 7 years with an almost 4 year old daughter. Together with her husband, she owns a local artistry business. She works a day job as an assistant.
What do you do daily to affirm your self-love?
Spend adequate time with my husband and daughter, drink enough water, eat in a way that respects my body, get enough sleep. Sounds stupid, but I’m a night owl by nature. When I sleep enough, I don’t gain excess weight, my mood is better, my attention to detail is improved etc. ✨
What is your biggest struggle when it comes to body acceptance?
I have body dysmorphia. So every morning, I wake up feeling completely different about my body. Some days, I feel like I’ve woken up weighing several pounds more, or that I’ve changed somehow, which is illogical- so I have to constantly move those feelings aside, realize that all my clothes still fit, and that I’m the same beautiful me. But every day is different and sometimes the demons are harder to fight.
What do you do to express yourself?
So much! Photography, poetry, painting, singing, contemporary dancing, yoga.
How do you keep your body acceptance authentic?
I try not to compare myself or my journey to others. Every one and every body is beautiful and different. I remind myself that I am MORE than my body. And the most important thing- I’ve got a daughter. She keeps my feet on the ground. She reminds me that the way I think about myself rubs off on her- so it needs to be positive and realistic.
SO beyond thankful that 7 years ago I decided to change the script to my own story... 🙏 .
When your mind is hijacked by an eating disorder, you are exactly that... hijacked. You are no longer in the driver’s seat. Captain ED has full control and, man, did he fool you! You exist day to day in a hollow, dark ghost shell, operating at will of your pilot. Your pilot that totally has the end of your script in mind, alright, the end being DEATH...
If you’re reading this and this sounds like your day-to-day reality, a horror movie in the making... please REACH OUT!! I’d loveeeee to help coach you through changing the script to your own story! It’s okay to admit you can’t do this on your own. In fact, that’s the first step to your healing. DM me so I can help you take down that pilot!!
I love my weekends. As I’m quite sure most of you do. But I’m serious, I REALLY love them. I either fill them up with super fun things, or don’t fill them at all (which is equally as glorious), and then there are those really great ones where it’s the perfect combo of both. ❤️ So many times I would dread going into the work week. The Sunday blues, some may call it. It’s almost like I inadvertently ruined part of my Sunday because I spent too much time worrying about the week ahead. At some point I changed my mindset, and my routine. And it made all the difference.
My morning routine sets me up for success. I have a plan, more often then not I get a workout in that will energize me for the day ahead, and I read personal development to get me in the right headspace. I realize it’s a disservice to the great weekend I had to go into the Monday with a lousy attitude. Most times when we go into something optimistically it’s going to turn out better than if we didn’t. Another fact. 🤷🏻♀️ So, while I may already be counting the hours until the next weekend, and I may already be thinking about plans, I’ll be giving this week all I’ve got.
How about you?
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything about food....but unsurprisingly I do actually still eat it 😃 For anyone who has an unhealthy relationship with food and feels like there might never be a way out - rest assured it can be fixed! But you HAVE to work on it. I would say I’ve spent the last year really finding my own tune with eating. I ditched the restrictive “diet” mentality exactly a year ago on my 25th birthday after trying (and kind of failing) to diet the previous 8 weeks before that. Whilst I have gone through periods where I want to focus on eating a bit better, (and the flip side of that is blips of slight “binge” mentality), I feel I’ve stayed a mostly pretty consistent medium throughout this time. Finding this way with my own eating habits did not happen over night! After macro tracking my food since 2012, it was not easy to just ditch the app and “eat like a normal person”. But it can be done with a bit of dedication. I read up everything I could on it and I implemented a lot of the tips I read about. I took my time and never beat myself up about anything to do with my eating! I listened to my own thought processes with food and ignored a lot of what other people say. Working with a group of personal trainers who talk about nutrition and dieting like Londoners talk about Brexit can really challenge this and make you doubt yourself! But I stuck with it and I can safely say I’m so happy where I am at with my “intuitive” style of eating. Don’t hesitate to DM me if you want more info about how I rectified my relationship with food ❤️
How beautiful does this salad look 🙌🏼 😍
This delicious Thai -flavoured salad recipe is made with carrots, cabbage, snow peas and quinoa, tossed in delicious peanut sauce. This healthy salad is perfect to pack for lunches!
CRUNCHY THAI PEANUT & QUINOA SALAD
¾ cup uncooked quinoa or millet
1 ½ cups water
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup thinly sliced snow peas or sugar snap peas
½ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
¼ cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, for garnish
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I love ginger so I used 2 teaspoons)
½ lime, juiced (about 1 ½ tablespoons)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Cook the quinoa: First, rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander under running water. In a medium-sized pot, combine the rinsed quinoa and 1 ½ cups water. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer the quinoa until it has absorbed all of the water. Remove the quinoa from heat, cover the pot and let it rest for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set it aside to cool.
Meanwhile, make the peanut sauce: Whisk together the peanut butter and tamari until smooth (if this is difficult, microwave the mixture for up to 30 seconds to loosen it up). Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick to toss into the salad, whisk in a bit of water to loosen it up (I didn’t need to do this).
In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, shredded cabbage, carrot, snow peas, cilantro and green onion. Toss to combine, then pour in the peanut sauce. Toss again until everything it lightly coated in sauce. Taste, and if it doesn’t taste quite amazing yet, add a pinch of salt and toss again. Divide into individual bowls and garnish with peanuts.
This salad keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for about 4 days.
Starting fresh today? ⠀
Does it seem like you are constantly starting over on Mondays? ⠀
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Today registration for my 8 week group coaching program has opened! 💃 ⠀
This isn’t a quick fix, let me be clear about that! ⠀
Instead we are working on building healthy sustainable lifestyle habits while also letting go of diet mentality and restriction. ⠀
This program is for you if you constantly find yourself hopping from diet to diet only to gain all of your weight back. ⠀
If you are ready to say no to diet and restriction EMBODY starts on March 8th!