A few months ago I started working with Tracey from EAT! Even though I was working out fairly consistently (which we now know fell apart completely over the summer) I knew that if I really wanted to conquer my weight issues I was going to have to make some serious changes to my diet. Not go on "a diet" but change what I eat - forever.
You may recall my first foray with Tracey back in the spring when I did her Cleanse and Reboot program. Not only did I lose 8 pounds in three weeks I learned some really valuable lessons about how what I eat makes me feel. It's not rocket science, of course - if you eat better, healthier foods you feel better. But I honestly had no idea how all the processed foods I was eating - presumably to keep me going - were sapping my energy, screwing with my insides, messing up my sleep patterns and sabotaging my weight loss.
Shortly after the Cleanse, after going back to my old ways, I hit a plateau. Exercise wasn't taking the pounds off like it had and I was getting frustrated real quickly. Before things got too out of hand I decided to hire Tracey on for a full year to help get me on track and keep me that way. I knew from experience that actually practicing good habits would much more difficult than it seemed and, quite frankly, I needed some forced accountability. I had learned so much from Tracey during the cleanse that I knew working with her would be a major help in my success.
So we met and chatted about all of my food and weight issues (yes, it was a long meeting). Tracey is really good at what she does and I feel like she really gets me so I walked out of that meeting feeling completely motivated, energized and ready to conquer the world. Until a week later when life got in the way again - as it always does - and I went crashing down into a bowl of ice cream.
Summer came and things never got quite to that place of calm that I had planned for in May. It seemed there was never enough time to get the basic things done - let alone the "extra" stuff - you know, like taking care of myself. Vacations put both of us out of town on different weeks so we weren't able to meet consistently and before I knew it my eating was spinning out of control and my alcohol intake was back to where it was BC (Before Clay). Suddenly July was almost over and I hadn't change a darn thing (well, except for the worse). Which brings us to August....