Confessions of a food junkie.
I have always been a food junkie.
I have never had to restrict myself or watch what I eat because I was blessed with a fast metabolism. But because of this, I have never had to be held accountable and have never had a great relationship with food.
I could not see the harm I was doing to my body and so I did not understand that I was infact harming my body.
I met someone pretty amazing in Canada who opened my eyes to ethical and nutritional food. Treating and feeding your body with love and respect. I learned a lot and spent a large part of the next 12 months thriving on a healthy active lifestyle. And yet when I returned home, I found my bad eating habits creeping back into my life. Maybe I was bored? Maybe it was my way of coping? Maybe it's because I was less active? Or because it was so accessible once again?
But today, as I get older, my metabolism is slowing down and what I put into my mouth, my body is now responding to. For this I am actually greatful, for now I can be held accountable for my actions.
8 weeks ago I decided to try my first 8 week challenge with a friend.
8 weeks of firsts.. The first time I have ever restricted my food intake
The first time learning and counting macros
The first time truly meal prepping
The first time setting a fitness goal and actually completing it
2 jobs and 50+ hours of work most weeks, easter break, anzac day, a 3rd long weekend, mothers day and my birthday. One seriously shitty (bad timing) life event that truly challenged my mind, heart and body throughout the entire 8 weeks. And scoring a sweet dose of tonsillitis in the 2nd final week.
I may not have done as well as I had hoped, but given my track record with food and actually completing a goal, my hectic schedule and the heart break I have been working to overcome silently on the side, I did SO much better than I expected and I am seriously proud of myself!
But most importantly, I learned so much! I can confidently walk away from this challenge with a great understanding of what I am feeding my body and how to strengthen my body through food and excercise.
My taste buds once again thrive for the good food.