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.
This is the last episode of the Get To Know Me 4-part mini series. I hope you have enjoyed them! In this final episode, everything comes together as I will tell you exactly what I did to find that happy middle place, where my eating and training are finally normal, healthy and balanced, and I feel and look athletic and strong.
If you missed the first three parts of this series, check them 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… But Going Overboard With Food: https://urbanjane.co/blog/get-to-know-me-part-3-healing-my-body-from-stress-but-going-overboard-with-food-balanced-vibes-ep-111/
Finding The True Middle Ground with Food & Training
As you remember from last time, I had healed my body by eating and resting a lot more, but I had way overshot my weight quite a bit and no longer felt comfortable in it.
Despite a lot of people saying that just eating what feels right to you, will get you in the shape you need to be in, it didn't feel right to me. The final, pivotal moment when I decided that I want to lose body fat was when I was shopping for a dress for our friends wedding, and had to go up another size! I had gone from size 4 to 12. Granted, it's not natural for my body to be a size 4 where I was in my overtraining days, but I didn't feel like the 12 was right for me either.
After some hesitation, I reached out to my friend and macro coach, to see if she could tell me more about macros and put together initial numbers for me.
I wasn't sure how stressful tracking would be and if I can do it, but I wanted to give it a try and it went really, really well.
Tracking didn't stress me out, I wasn't trying to be perfectionistic about it, I had developed a lot of self acceptance over the past few years of going through the weight fluctuations. I had a solid mental foundation!
In addition to macros, I started lifting what I call the Big Girl Weights. I no longer did long exhausting cardio and HIT training that had been too much for me.
I transformed my body. This time, in a healthy way.
I was fueling myself with great food, I was still having a glass of wine if I wanted to, I trained hard but also rested 3-4 days a week — and I had took my health and athleticism back.