The last bit of baby weight from my second child just didn’t want to come off on it’s own (said baby was almost 2 years old), and I was tired of feeling like I was never going to get my body back. I was already working out consistently, both cardio and strength, so I didn’t feel like I needed any huge changes there. Overall I ate fairly healthy – lots of fruits & veggies, very little fast food or fried foods, mainly whole healthy things. But, I knew my very bad sweet tooth and almost-nightly glass of wine were probably not helping. I was also very good at justifying eating pretty much whatever I wanted since I didn’t eat junk food and worked out religiously. So, I signed up for the FFC hoping to lose 5-10 pounds, clean up my diet, and feel better in general.
I followed Chan and Sara’s diet plan- cut out sweets & alcohol, focused on more fruits & veggies, tracked everything I ate in MyFitnessPal, and started paying attention to portion sizes. Over the course of 2-3 months, I ended up losing around 17 lbs – far exceeding my initial goal – I even survived the holidays! I felt great eating healthy foods and not eating all the sweets and treats I used to let myself feel like I needed. By changing my eating habits (my workouts pretty much stayed the same), I realized how important that piece of the puzzle was. I could work out all day long, but if I didn’t pay attention to both what and how much I ate, I would not reach my goals.
6 months in, I’m still going strong! This was a lifestyle change for me, not just a temporary diet or a one-time challenge. Viewing it as a lifestyle change has really made all the difference for me. Thanks, Chan, for all you do for us!