A year ago, I was a very different person. I was never able to reach my personal nutrition goals, I had an overall negative mentality about pretty much everything, and just didn't feel good about myself. I was at my heaviest weight I had ever been, clothes didn't fit right, and I couldn't seem to dig myself out of the rut I was in. I saw that Coach Amy was taking on clients for a year long nutrition program, and I figured if this didn't work, then nothing would.
This program was vastly different than the mini 6 week challenges I had done at the gym before, where I would make great progress in 6 weeks then go back to the old ways and lose all the progress I had made. The program kept going, habits kept building on each other, and if I slipped up, I could dust myself off and start from the basics again (I'm really good at the basics now!)
My whole mentality changed regarding food, and myself really. I am much, much kinder to myself. If I make a mistake, it's not "well, guess you're never gonna get to your goals are you? Might as well just keep making those poor decisions." Now, it's "ok, you're human. It happens. What choice can you make to get back into it? And if you make another not so great choice, why did you make it? And how did you feel after you made it?"
Muscle-Ups for Days
Meredith set and smashed her goal to achieve ring muscle-ups this year!
There is a much more temporal process that goes on, not just related to food, but to every choice I make - going to bed late, going to the gym, studying. I am able to take a step back and process the decision instead of act on impulse. That has been my greatest accomplishment throughout this program. Sure, I've lost some weight. But where that used to be my main focus, now that's just a bonus. I am in control of myself and my emotions. And that's the best feeling in the world, to know that my toolbox is full of the resources I need to succeed and maintain that success.
I frequently go back to lessons that I've bookmarked that had a particular impact on me and remind myself of the basics. And of course, Amy continues to be there to celebrate the wins and reassure me through the losses. I am so grateful to her, and to myself, for giving this program a chance.
- Meredith P.