I’m Rachel. I’m a 28-year old woman who lives in Northern California.
I’m starting this blog because I’m unhappy with my weight. I’ve always been about 20-60 pounds overweight as an adult. As I start my latest attempt to improve my health and lower my weight, I want to share my experience on Cardio Chick. I hope my story will inspire others to pursue a healthy lifestyle–and learn from my struggles and successes. If all goes according to plan, I’ll achieve my goals this year largely because of the encouragement and accountability I receive from blog readers–my Cardio Chick compadres. If enough of you are interested in my blog and sign up for updates, I’ll do my best to turbo charge my updates with more details and will do my best to document resources I discover every week. I’ll also share an update on my weekly progress so you can track on my stats and butt-kicking quotient.
A little more about me…I’ve always had a passion for sports and the outdoors. I grew up playing sports and am pretty athletic. Currently, I do Crossfit 4-5 days a week, doing a variety of weightlifting, cardio, and other forms of movement. I love the competitive aspect of CrossFit as well as the community I’ve become a part of. Everyone in the CrossFit community is helpful and keeps you motivated. It’s such a great feeling to see the progress you make over time. While I’ve tried all sorts of training methods over the years, Crossfit has felt like the most effective form of training that fits my active but busy lifestyle.
Having an active lifestyle has never been my problem. My fault has always been FOOD. I love food. Food has always been my “go to” answer when I’m sad, stressed, bored, or just want to hang out with friends. “Let’s hang out” always starts at a restaurant and ends with some level of guilt as I’ve come to realize it’s almost impossible to manage my calories when I’m eating out.
I’ve tried every sort of diet. If you’re my age and have struggled with weight, I’ll bet you have as well. I usually stick to my new diet for a week or two and then end up going back to my old eating habits. No diet has ever worked. When I started CrossFit a couple months ago, I started eating paleo. Eating paleo helped, but I was still on a yo-yo diet. I would train hard but then would have poor eating habits. It felt like every step forward was followed by two steps back. It was at that point that I realized that no amount of physical exertion could undo my eating habits. To make gains, I would need to ruthlessly apply the same discipline I bring to Crossfit to my nutritional decisions. I wish it could be easier, but it’s not.
So, I have decided to adopt a whole plant-based diet (no meat, dairy, or sugar).
It hasn’t been easy and I’m still at the very beginning of my journey. I watched Forks over Knives on Netflix and it really got me thinking about adopting a plant-based diet. I’ve always been a meat eater. My family loves meat and you might say I come from a family of foodies. So this journey is not only focused on my weight loss, but also about adopting a whole plant-based lifestyle. I say “lifestyle” because I don’t consider this a diet. It’s a journey. I consider this a life-changing decision and consider this my manifesto and letter of appreciation to those who will join me and walk–or run–with me along the way. I need to take control of my body and that starts right now.
So, here’s what I’m committing to share with you on a weekly basis:
- My weekly weight, starting Jan 1, 2018
- Changes in my body
- Daily schedule and my daily nutritional plan
- What worked well this week and what didn’t
- Books and podcasts I found helpful
- Favorite weekly WODS (Crossfit lingo for “workout of the day”)
- Must-have gear, food, book, etc.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and I hope this will be the start of my new life. Let the journey begin…
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU LOVE.