With this 4-part mini series, I share with you little bit about my health and fitness journey and how I've ended up where I am today. You'll see throughout this series, why I'm not your usual coach who just tells you to go hard or go home. I prioritize health just as much as I prioritize your physique goals, and because of that, I consider myself a very responsible coach.
I hope this series is interesting for you to listen to, and I always like to hear your story, too! So please send me a DM on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kerstenkimura/) or leave a reply under this post on my blog.
If you missed the first two parts of this series, check it out here:
Becoming A Track Athlete & Finding Love For Fitness: https://urbanjane.co/blog/get-to-know-me-part-1-becoming-a-track-athlete-developing-a-love-for-fitness-balanced-vibes-ep-109/
Too Much Of A Good Thing. How I Made Myself Unhealthy By Overtraining: https://urbanjane.co/blog/get-to-know-me-part-2-too-much-of-a-good-thing-how-i-made-myself-unhealthy-by-overtraining-balanced-vibes-ep-110/
Healing My Body From Stress By Eating More & Gaining Weight
In the last episode, I shared with you how I recovered from years of stress caused by overtraining and under eating. It was a wonderful and much needed period in my life, but I wasn't able to still find true balance with my eating.
After years of putting my body through all that stress and battling with hormone imbalances, I had a great conversation with my acupuncturist Ron. He quickly figured that overtraining and different dietary approaches I had tried over the years (low fat, fasting, then unintentional low carb…) were the reasons why my hormones were flat and why I was so tired. He advised me to take some time off from rest and eat more, to recover.
So I did, and it saved me. I started feeling energized again, my periods normalized, I felt a lot better.
But, I had stopped paying any attention to my food intake. I was eating and eating and while some of the weight I gained was necessary, I overshot it big time.
Fast forward 3 years and I no longer felt comfortable in my body; I had completely lost the muscle tone and athleticism that I once had.
I didn't hate myself — never! In fact, I learned a lot self acceptance through all this, and I'm grateful. I also started a spiritual practice, got familiar with mediation, plant medicine, started to really like myself a lot more.
But I felt uncomfortable in my physical body, and I wanted to change that. But this time, in a healthy way, without repeating the old mistakes. That's exactly what I did, and I'm going to share with you in the next episode, how that happened.