So, can 4 weeks stop your yo-yo dieting and teach you a ton about a lifestyle to remain fit and healthy for the rest of your life? Yes, definitely. It can also result in several inches and pounds lost and fit into your hectic schedule as a busy mom! I am referring to my 4 Week Fall Shape Up for Busy Moms. I want you to meet Krista! I had the privilege of working with her in the 4 Week Summer Shape Up for Busy Moms. Here is more about Krista’s background and her past weight loss experience:
I am a 38-year-old mother of 3 kids, aged 12, 9 and 8. I work two part time jobs – one at our church, the other at my children’s school. I was never a fan of fitness or diets, although I had been on every fad diet I’d heard of as a young adult. After kids I was resigned to the fact that I would never look or feel the way I did before and I avoided the scales (and the gym) at all cost. In the winter of last year, I started really putting on more weight than I ever had and just felt so tired and run down. 3 kids in school and in extra-curricular activities on top of managing a home and working two jobs was taking a toll. I had no energy and began losing interest in all the things I once enjoyed. I just wanted to sleep! In December I tried “slipping” into a party dress for my husbands Christmas party at work and really saw my self for the first time in a long time. I had gained so much weight and had neglected myself for so long it was really catching up to me. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a very long time and was shocked. I made a decision that day that I would get the weight off, get active and feel better asap. I really went into it knowing that I wasn’t looking for a quick loss diet, and was ready to put in the time and energy to reach a healthy weight in a healthy way, but didn’t really know where or how to start. I started by finding a calorie counting diet app and drove myself crazy trying to record calories. Next, I tried the Point counting diet, which was much easier to keep track of especially when I could just grab the pre-packaged, processed, frozen meals. I lost quite a few pounds on these two approaches, but just knew it wasn’t healthy or sustainable. Eating whatever I wanted as long as it fell in my point allowance just didn’t make sense. I was hungry all the time and my cravings were through the roof. I knew that I needed to make more of a change in order to stay healthy. Along with this journey to find the right foods to eat, I started running, and actually found that I loved running. I was lifting weights and running everyday for at least an hour. I eventually hit that dreaded plateau in my weight loss and knew I wasn’t eating “good”, just less of the bad stuff. I had heard about eating clean, but it seemed very overwhelming. That’s when I came across Nurturing Fitness. My goal was to figure out the RIGHT foods and the RIGHT exercises to get the last few pounds off and really feel and look fit as a lifestyle not a diet.
I also interviewed Krista so you could learn about her experience this spring and here is what she had to say:
1. What kind of results did you get in the 4 Week Summer Shape Up for Busy Moms?
In the 4-Week Summer Shape Up for Busy Moms, I lost about 6 pounds, which put me within 3 pounds of my goal weight of 118lbs. and I lost about 8″ total. But even more importantly, I gained so much knowledge on nutrition and exercise.
2. What was one thing you learned nutritionally from the program?
Nutritionally I learned that what we eat regulates or disrupts our hormones, which controls how we feel, and how we gain, lose and carry weight. The quality of food is so important. I also learned how important protein is at every meal, and that I can eat that and healthy veggies until I’m full. There’s so much freedom in putting the food scales and calorie charts away. Being a detective and really listening to my Hunger, Energy and Cravings is the key to finding what works for me.
3. What was one thing you learned about exercise?
The BEST thing about exercise that I learned in that more is not always better. Higher intensity for shorter amounts of time was such an amazing, upside-down concept for this cardio junkie.
4. What advice would you give to someone considering joining the 4 Week Fall Shape Up for Busy Moms?
My advice would be to stick with it. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do the workouts, because you can…it’s only 25 minutes after all. Remember its a lifestyle and it will take a few weeks to get used to the change in food and activity, but eventually you will feel so good that you’ll be able to say, “I’m never going back to that unhealthy lifestyle again.”
5. What was the biggest surprise you experienced from completing the program?
The biggest surprise in completing the program was that I have really grown to love this new lifestyle of eating healthy and the whole family is on board. There’s no looking back. I look and feel great!!
6. Did you find the program overall hard or easy to fit into your schedule?
The program was so easy for me and my family’s busy schedule. My whole family eats healthy now and we all exercise together. Not only did it fit into my schedule, we have made a point of making it a part of the whole family’s schedule.
Does Krista’s past experiences sound like yours and does her crazy, busy life sound like yours? If it does and you are still searching for a way to become healthy and fit long term, sign up for my 4 week shape up here. But hurry, spots are limited and filling up quickly! The last day to sign up is Sept 6th!!!