Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders.
- According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42% of 1st – 3rd grade girls want to lose weight, and 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
- According to a study in Pediatrics, about 2/3 of girls in the 5th to 12th grades said that social media images influence their vision of an ideal body, and about HALF of the girls said the images made them want to lose weight.
- According to Teen magazine, 35% of girls ages 6 – 12 have been on at least one diet, and 50 to 70% of normal-weight girls think they are overweight.
Recently labeled “thin-heritance,” explores how a mother’s views about food, dieting, and negative attitudes about her body increase her children’s risk for poor body image and eating disorders… Just another reason for me to decide to end the cycle. Bella has witnessed me gain and lose weight over the years, comment on my body and hear me say, “I can’t have that” far too many times. If the physical and psychological damage we are doing to ourselves isn’t enough, we must think about the damage we are doing to our children, and society in general. With the huge rise in cancer (among many other diseases) today, we need to make our health a priority NOT OUR IMAGE. With improved health and wellbeing our image will automatically improve, but we need to stop flipping our priorities. With that being said, I will tell you what I have been up to…
For years and years I have starved and binged, starved and binged. The toll this has taken on my body has been huge. With the use of drugs like phentermine it’s all too easy to drop a quick 20, just to gain it all back again just in time for the next fad. I’ve re-learned through my coach Liz Garvey and a great friend in recovery from an eating disorder what I always knew and just refused to do… There is no fast fix. There is no magic product or pill that will make you lose weight. You literally HAVE TO do the work.
Over the years I’ve been focused on counting calories, losing count of calories, not eating this, only eating that. What these women helped me see is that there is no “good” or “bad” food. Just food, only balance. You have to FEED your body what it needs and what any body needs is calories, carbs, fat and protein in balanced amounts. I’ve carved out a plan for myself to lose about a pound a week, and let me tell you… for a chronic dieter with impulse control issues and a need for instant gratification this is TORTURE, but I’m doing it. I’m doing it because I am so dizzy from my own yo yo dieting roller coaster. I’m tired of loving my body, then hating it if it gets chunky. I’m learning to embrace the fact that I put myself here, and it’s me and me alone that will get me out.
How I started:
After getting on the scale one morning, and seeing that number…I texted my coach Liz as a plea for help. I cried. I curled up into a ball. I crawled back into bed and turned off my phone and planned on sleeping the day away. I hated myself. I covered up in blankets, thinking about how it was so unfair that I had these genetics. Why did I have to be the fat one? Why me? Then… something hit me. Why me? BECAUSE OF ME. I did this, no one else. I starved, popped pills, and then overate. I can’t hate myself because of myself. That’s just ridiculous. (Fun fact: A study of more than 3,000 adolescent girls showed that seven out of 10 believe that they are not good enough. They feel they aren’t measuring up in terms of their appearance, academic performance and personal relationships. The same study showed that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem have engaged in “negative activities such as disordered eating, cutting, bullying, smoking, or drinking when feeling badly about themselves.”) So, I got out of bed, put my big girl panties on and made a plan.
We all know how much I love AdvoCare products like Spark for energy, so I went a step farther and decided on starting the well-known 24 Day Challenge. I know, I know- I said there’s no magic product or quick fix, but… within the challenge there is a cleanse. I knew I needed to clear my gut, and eating well and plenty of water is a stellar way to do it, but I wanted a bigger boost. The cleanse has a probiotic, fiber and cleanse tablets that are full of vitamins, minerals and extracts that HELP rid my body of all the crap I was stuffing it with.
I was always wanting to eat the way I wanted. I was rebellious, convinced I was going to do shit my way. Whelp. Here I am, nearly 40lbs heavier than last year at this time. I decided to suck it up and just pretend that I am an athlete. Yep. Me. Jeanna. I’m an athlete. I need to eat a certain way, feed my body at certain times in order to perform at an optimum level. Comical, I know, but it’s kinda feeling a little great. I meal prepped for the first time EVER. I decided to just suck it up. I know A LOT about nutrition, I just ignored it in the past because… well… it was easier to just NOT eat. My coach guided me with my macros, I downloaded MyFitnessPal (I added my coach to my friends list so she could see my choices and motivate/monitor me) and I just went for it. It really wasn’t that serious. I forced myself to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It was fairly easy for my body to remember how to process 3+ meals a day (rather than one huge meal). I’m learning to listen to body, and its responding slowly but surely. My gut has needed a little more help lately, because my bowel has definitely slowed down, and my insides aren’t quite sure what to do. After my hysterectomy in 2012, and the inevitable shifting of my bowels to fill that empty space, I get some blockages now and again. Anyone that has had a total hysterectomy will, at some point or another complain about their stomach issues- whether its gas, bloating, or bowel movements. I added AdvoGreens Powder to my daily routine a few days a week to help things along. No joke this stuff SAVED me this week. I was really suffering from abdominal pain and THE ONLY thing that worked was my AdvoGreens. They are full of broad variety of phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics that literally ended my pain in less than 5 minutes.
I hate cardio. I hate sweating. Working out is boring and PURE TORTURE. There are a few ways to get your movement in that I could somewhat tolerate, though. Instead of hating the treadmill everyday (which is in my hot ass garage), I signed up for Betty Rocker’s FREE (hello!) 30-day challenge which is only 15 minutes a day. Yo. 15 MINUTES. My coach asked I send her a selfie every day after completing the workouts, and I’ve managed to complete about half. Ish. I’ve also joined a cheap gym and attend classes a few days a week with friends to make it more fun and it gives me another way to be accountable. Not only am I paying good money for the membership, but the other girls are relying on me to be there with them as much as I am them. Its getting cooler outside, so getting myself to the park with Ashton has been great for my mind while getting a few steps in. Looking at beautiful scenery and stepping in wet grass with a smiling dog should help anyone’s mood. I mean, really. A few nights a week I do yoga before bed, sometimes midday if it’s been an emotional one… there’s a million and a half videos on YouTube that are free, no equipment ways to do SOMETHING. I’ve even got Dean and Bella joining in sometimes. Like, really… who hates yoga? Satan. Satan hates yoga and that’s about it.
Even if I don’t get through an entire workout, I feel better for just taking that time for myself and doing something to better myself. Getting that blood and oxygen flowing is THE BEST medicine for a shitty mood. Everyone knows it. Duh.
So. Here we are… My cleanse phase ends today, and now I begin the next 14 days of the 24 Day Challenge. I have only one goal for the next 14 days: do the best I can with what I have. That’s the cool thing about discovering AdvoCare… I discovered my coach. Sometimes we need to suck it up and admit we don’t know everything and we need a little help. This was ESPECIALLY HARD for me to admit, but I’m sure as shit glad I did.
If any of you want to learn more or need a swift kick in the ass, just email me. I’ll hook you up with my coach Liz, we’ll find some tools, and establish a plan together.
Remember my Liz inspired quote:
Until next time… xo