A few weeks ago, one of my clients reached out to me and said, "You make it seem so easy to eat 5 servings of vegetables every day!! How do you do it?"
Here's the honest truth-- It took me YEARS to develop the practice of eating lots of veggies on a daily basis... and many other healthy habits too!
Living a healthy lifestyle didn't always come easy to me, especially in college.
Growing up, I was always an active kid. I danced 4 to 5 nights a week, and played recreational softball and golf. Growing up, my parents did a great job of serving balanced meals to my siblings and I (thanks Mom and Dad!).
Things really changed for me in college. I was a stressed out college kid taking 21 credit hours each semester so I could graduate in 4 years with 2 degrees. Without having my parents there to cook healthy meals for me, I ate too much pizza and Wendy's on-the-go, and chugged way too many white chocolate mochas from Starbucks so that I could study all night. Plus, throw weekend parties into the mix, and you've got a recipe for some pretty unhealthy habits.
After college, I moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a professional contemporary/jazz dancer. As you can imagine, the eating habits I established in college didn't work well for someone who is trying to make it as a dancer. I felt tired all the time, I struggled with acne, and I knew I could lose a few pounds from the late night beer and pizza in college.
I knew I needed to make a change, but I WASN'T ready to feel deprived, or hungry all the time. I wasn't ready to give up going out to dinner with my friends, nor was I ready to spend 3 hours a day sweating in the gym.
I knew there HAD to be another way. While googling (yes I’m one of those people who googles everything…) one day, I stumbled upon the science and research behind habit-based behavior change. BINGO!!!! I knew I had found what I was looking for.
Habit-based behavior change focuses on changing one small habit at a time, so that the changes you're creating actually last long-term. Habit best behavior change can be applied to ANY area of life, so I immediately begin to apply it to my nutrition and exercise habits. I started small. The first habit I tackled was to drink at least 100 ounces of water each day. Slowly, I added more healthy nutrition habits to my life.
And the results I achieved were life changing! Seriously. I lost weight, my acne cleared up, I felt energized all day long, and I gained confidence both inside and outside of the dance studio. And the BEST part was that while improving my life, I still ate pizza, and went out for drinks with friends… I just learned how to enjoy life’s indulgences sparingly and in moderation.
When a ski injury ended my dance career, I KNEW it was my mission to help other women. I became a certified personal trainer and Level 1 Precision Nutrition coach (the leaders in habit-based nutrition coaching.)
If you’re looking to lose weight or to simply live a happier, I know that creating healthy habits can transform your life. I would love to jump on a complementary consultation call. On this no-pressure call, we can discuss how habit-based coaching can help YOU look and feel more energized and confident than you have in years.
Cheers to taking the first step in creating a happier, healthier, more energized YOU!