My Story in a Nutshell
My name is Mandie and I am 32 years old. Here is my weight loss journey.
I was never thin to begin with. I always blamed genetics. At about 18 years old I started doing a boot camp class 3 days a week, but did not change my diet. I was addicted to soda. After a year or two of working out like a crazy woman I decided I better change my diet if I wanted to lose any weight. Age 20 I tried to cut out fried food and soda, my weight didn't really budge. I turned 21 and about a year later I was at my heaviest. I drank all the time and then went to steak an shake at 3am and ate double cheeseburgers. Age 22 I was ready. I found Advocare. I did the 24 day challenge to the T and I lost 12 lbs and kept it off. After that I did insanity but my eating was on and off every other month - typical yoyo diet. About 3 months later I met a man who changed my life, Billy Haskins. He is a local nutritionist and a business owner. For 2 years, I went to him every month for a body fat test. Every time I went my body fat went lower and lower. I stopped believing the number on the scale defined me and started really believing muscle weighs more then fat. My body composition was changing. After that I have sought out a few coaches. Each of which I have learned an insane amount with, not just about nutrition and training, but about myself and my body. The limits I can take myself physically and mentally. I went from clean eating, no salt on my food, zero artificial sweetners, to salting all my food, drinking diet soda (in moderation), eating a donut when a want, and finding balance. There are so many myths and different ways to go about losing weight. Cardio is good. Cardio is bad. Steady state cardio is bad. HIIT cardio is better. Fasted cardio is best. No eating after 7pm. Eat 6 meals a day. Eat low carbs. There is SO much out there and i've done it all. Every coach i've had, has their own beliefs and reasons for everything. My biggest advice to you, is, if you choose to do something, stick to it. Be consistent. Test it out yourself. Let yourself be the proof. If you are not consistent with one thing, you will never find out what really works. I am a NASM certified trainer because I want to change lives and inpsire others like they have inspired me.
I am a wife, mother, and competitor who LOVES food, especially donuts. I love lifting. I am not a fan of cardio. My bikini preps are not restricting when it comes to the type food I eat. It is all about finding a plan you can adhere to and be consistent with. I like to eat, which means, macros and flexible dieting is my way of life. It teaches balance and helped me with food addiction and obsession. That is my story in a nutshell! #iifymforlife
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."