THE TURNING POINT
Since childhood, my weight has always been up and down. As a child I was chunky, so I think that had an adverse effect on me for my entire life. I would go to unhealthy extremes to lose weight or at least not gain weight. I began gaining weight after the unexpected death of a special friend. I am not sure what my heaviest weight was since I avoided the scale at all costs; however, I know that it was over 200 pounds.
Towards the end of 2016, I noticed and realized that I was not feeling my best even though, my body was in good condition from working out 5-7 days a week. At the same time, I was always fatigued/exhausted, stressed, and mentally/ emotionally drained. So, I decided that I needed to make some meaningful changes or there may be dire consequences, or I might become very sick (i.e. heart attack) if I did not get myself together.
I made significant/drastic changes in my attitude towards food and exercising. However, I think that the most important change that I made was the sleep which has substantially improved my mental focus.
Before, I slept only 3-5 hours a night and maybe ate once or twice day while constantly working out vigorously. Now I sleep at minimum 7 and half hours and eat whole foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It has made a world of difference. My body and mind are so much more in tune with each other. And I feel great!!!
I feel like I am “the best” version of me yet. I feel awesome. My friends and family tell me how different I am (it’s like I am different person). Happiness beams out of me. Mentally and emotionally, I am on such a higher level. After being unhealthy for so long, I feel like I was living my life by merely going through the motions of my day to day tasks and not truly living.
This transformation has had its mental challenges, so I’ve struggled and at times, I still struggle. In the beginning, I fought hard not to give up my HIIT and weight lifting training because my mindset was that in-order to be small and in-shape, I had to hit the gym on a regular basis, but it was and still is so much more than that.
As I said, this process of transforming my lifestyle has been a challenge but a positive challenge.
I have a whole new struggle now, I still see myself as a “big girl” so I keep buying “big” clothes (LOL). Still working on patience as well – I tend to place time frames on my goals/achievements.
WHY BODY REFINED
My sorority sister provided me with contact information for Body Refined, Inc. I began my ongoing to a new, healthy life style with Kurt in January2017. Kurt has helped me recognize the importance of sleep, food, exercise, and most importantly how to redirect/refocus negativity. He has taught me how to recognize sleep and food are my sources of fuel -both physically and mentally.
I decided to get help because I did not want to die prematurely over something that is preventable, and I felt that I was headed in that direction prior to meeting Kurt. Kurt has been amazing. We have had some battles-he ALWAYS win, which means that I am winning. This has been a one of a kind experience!
Learn the importance of self-being. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of everyone else. You must love yourself before you can love anyone else.
I would recommend Body Refined to any individual who is committed to making a “TOTAL” lifestyle change.