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The problem with weight loss…

We think weight loss fixes everything when in reality it simply exposes all of the things you need fixedโ€ฆ
What weight loss exposed for me:
๐ŸฅฆA whole host of gut and hormonal issues.
๐ŸซA poor relationship with food, emotional eating, and sugar.
๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธIncreased stress, cortisol, and a dependency on fitness.
I shared that quote last week primarily because it rang so true for me. Reality is, I lost quite a bit of weight during a time when the world felt very out of control.
I was able to prioritize my own health, take control of my nutrition, and really get through a very tough time in one piece by focusing on my body both inside and out.
BUT attempting to maintain that super lean body also exposed some harsh realities for me that became even more apparent over the past several months with heightened anxiety, a move, and major changes to my routine.
Now, Iโ€™m working towards finding a happy medium on my journey.
Iโ€™ve been figuring out some causes of bloat & digestion issues along with hoping to repair some hormonal issues through my diet (AKA gut protocol came at the perfect time).
Iโ€™m working on repairing my relationship with food, finding balance on my journey, and managing stress and emotions in practical ways.
Iโ€™m working on slowing down my fitness while still prioritizing health in a way that feels good and enjoyable to me.
These past three months have been a whirlwind but Iโ€™m grateful that theyโ€™re forcing me into action. I share this because I know so many have lofty weight loss goals, and we also assume that once weโ€™re there, happiness will ensue.
I want to encourage you though to work on seeking happiness and health first and trusting that the perfect body FOR YOU will follow. It may look a bit different than you expected BUT once you find that happiness youโ€™ve been searching for it probably wonโ€™t matter one bit.
Health and happiness first โ†’ weight loss second ๐Ÿ’–
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3 things you think are healthy but are hurting your weight lossโ€ฆ

I hear this all the time.
“Iโ€™m doing everything right and Iโ€™m not losing weight.”
Oftentimes it feels like weโ€™re making healthy choices but not seeing the progress weโ€™d like.
Here are 3 triggers that can impact our gut health AND when our gut health is compromised and can become even more difficult to lose weight and reach our goals (hello bloating, gas, cravings, skin problems, & more).
1๏ธโƒฃ Consuming foods we think are โ€œhealthyโ€ but we have an undiagnosed sensitivity to. For many this can be a dairy sensitivity, gluten or other common trigger foods that are causing bloat and inflammation in our bodies.
2๏ธโƒฃ Artificial Sweeteners or other โ€œdiet foodsโ€. Now look in small doses these are perfectly fine and there is no evidence that they cause any health issues. But with over consumption and for certain individuals, these can wreak mega havoc on our digestion and gut, and lead to further bloating, cravings, and some other not so pleasant side effects. Something else I see a lot is the โ€œketoโ€ diet foods which are typically high in fat and calories and not quite as โ€œhealthyโ€ as we think.
3๏ธโƒฃ Overtraining and lack of recovery. This is a tricky one, we think running more, or pushing hard in the gym will yield better or faster results but thatโ€™s simply not the case. If we never give our bodies the time to rest and recover like we need, our bodies remain in a stressed out state, our hormones are out of whack, and we often donโ€™t see the results we crave.
Are you doing any of these? I know I can certainly stand to work on ditching some more of my artificial sweetener packed foods. What about you?! ๐Ÿญ
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How to Get Back on Track

3๏ธโƒฃ things Iโ€™m doing to get myself back on track โฃ
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I shared last week about the trainwreck of a month my February was and truth is I struggle to get back on track too sometimes ๐Ÿ™ˆโฃ
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๐˜ˆ๐˜ด ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐Ÿน ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ: โฃ
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๐—ช๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ: Iโ€™m taking it one day at a time and focusing on the 24 hours ahead of me. I shared this phrase last week and it really has been working for me. No stressing over tomorrow, or the weekend or when motivation fades, Iโ€™m just taking it one day at a time. โฃ
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๐†๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: Iโ€™ve been pre planning my food the night before, making sure I have healthy options prepped and ready, and if Iโ€™m hungry Iโ€™m choosing to eat a little bit more in favor of gritting my teeth, trying to will myself through and eventually finding myself with a spoon in the peanut butter jar at 10pm at night. Truth is, Iโ€™d much rather consume an extra 200 calories a day and sustain it, than an extra 2000 calories thanks to too much restriction. โฃ
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๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž: Iโ€™m focusing on doing something rather than nothing. Iโ€™ve been getting back into the gym, having a game plan for workouts, but at the same time being flexible with it. If Iโ€™m not feeling it, Iโ€™m just getting myself to move. With time I know the intensity will come back but right now I just need to rebuild my routine. โฃ
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๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ?โฃ
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Iโ€™m focusing on progress not perfection. โฃ
Taking action even if itโ€™s small or not necessarily what I want to do.โฃ
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Iโ€™m just winning the day. โฃ
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๐Ž๐ง๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž. ๐Ÿ’•โฃ
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๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต? ๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ? ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ??โฃ
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Win Today Only

Confession: this past month Iโ€™ve been a trainwreck. ๐Ÿš‚
I always have a hard time admitting it, but reality is I struggle too and this time was bad.
Missing workouts, diet off the rails, anxiety as my new best friend, weight gain, and uprooting my life has pulled me a bit off track.
But right now, Iโ€™m using one of my favorite strategies to get myself back on track.
Win today only. ๐Ÿ™Œ
Iโ€™m not stressing over the week, Iโ€™m not stressing over what Iโ€™ll do in two weeks when I move again, Iโ€™m not even focusing on what the number on the scale will be tomorrow. Iโ€™m just prioritizing today.
Iโ€™m pushing myself to exercise even & especially when I donโ€™t feel like it.
Iโ€™m getting in my steps.
Iโ€™m pre logging my food and literally focusing on winning one meal at a time.
And most importantly Iโ€™m giving myself grace. I canโ€™t undo whatโ€™s done and reality is I simply had other priorities for a bit, but now is a chance to get back to me and Iโ€™m embracing it. Iโ€™m not doing anything drastic, crazy restrictive, and am still prioritizing rest & recovery.
One day at a time. Win today only. ๐Ÿ™Œ
Anyone else recommitting with me?
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Frustrated with the Scale?

Iโ€™ve been hearing so much talk about the scale lately, and I know it can be so frustrating when weโ€™re not seeing the progress weโ€™d like, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จโ€ฆ โฃ
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Oftentimes, sustainable weight loss goes a whole lot slower than weโ€™d like. โฃ
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Itโ€™s perfectly normal to have weeks where you donโ€™t lose weight. โฃ
๐˜๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต. โฃ
Itโ€™s perfectly normal to have weeks where you lose a pound. (๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต?!) โฃ
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Reality is it all averages out, and the scale truly is just one measure of progress. โฃ
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๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž: โฃ
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1. ๐˜›๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต. Weigh in daily at the same time of day and log your weight. Take these numbers as data, and donโ€™t let it make or break your day. Find your weekly average weight at the end of the week and compare that week to week. Itโ€™s likely you are making progress even when we feel like weโ€™re seeing the same numbers day in and day out. This is the best way to spot it.โฃ
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2. ๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด. Things like your workouts, water balance in your body, food volume in your body, eating later or earlier than normal, even your body fighting off stress, inflammation, or an injury can cause the scale to fluctuate. โฃ
Here are some reasons it might be up or down:
  • Exercise
  • Sodium Consumption
  • Consuming more carbohydrates (they hold on to 4 grams of water per gram)
  • Consuming more water based foods (think fruits, veggies, soups, smoothies, high volume foods)
  • Hormone fluctuations particularly around a menstrual cycle
  • Timing of your food before bed
  • Hydration levels
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Medications
  • Stress levels
  • Digestive Issues
  • Lack of sleep
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3. ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. Are your clothes fitting better? Are your measurements changing? How is your energy? Is your skin clearer? How is your mood? Are you getting stronger? Faster? Or feeling better with your workouts?
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Here are some more ideas to get you going:
  • How your clothes fit
  • Your measurements
  • Progress Pictures
  • Energy Levels
  • Your Mood
  • Sleep Quality
  • Skin Health
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Your Relationship with Food
  • Your Cravings
  • Consistency with Positive Habits
  • Your Mindset
  • Your Belief in your Ability to Succeed
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๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐ญ๐š ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. โฃ
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Focus on becoming the healthiest version of you and trust the rest will fall into place. Lots of Love ๐Ÿ˜˜
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