I'm excited to introduce you to my sweet, sweet client Traci today. She is an absolutely light of my team, and I can't imagine not having her. She has been working with me for 5 months now, and she just signed up again so I'm very excited to just let her share her story on the blog today.
Without further adieu...
I want to start by saying how honored I am for Katie to ask me if she could feature me on her blog. Katie, you are amazing! Thank you for the opportunity! I’ve trained in the gym for 8 plus years and started because I was tired of being overweight, I didn’t eat healthy nor did I like how I looked or felt. My brother helped me in the beginning with workouts and after a few years of following his workouts and doing weight watchers, I decided I wanted to get more serious about my weight loss….I wanted the “ripped body” so many strive for, so I started working with a trainer several days a week and he helped me lose 45 lbs (and keep it off!!!!) with diet and exercise.
I continued to chase the “ripped body” and several years later had gained muscle, but just couldn’t achieve the killer body I wanted. I began hearing about IIFYM and the amazing results people were seeing by counting macros so I started researching it. The more I read about nutrition and training, the more I realized I wasn’t eating right and I needed to fuel my body with more food, provide a better balance of nutrients and stop restricting calories and certain foods. I learned that less calories and more exercise weren’t the answer, they were actually the problem. I also needed to lift heavier weight to tighten up and build muscle, which I started immediately.
My trainer and friend has been so supportive through this entire journey, when I went to him in April 2014 and told him I wanted to start lifting heavy, we immediately discussed my goals and changed course; he pushes me to be my best. He challenges me every day in the gym to push myself to do more and be more and his motivation and belief in me helps me push past the mental barrier and raise the bar (literally! haha!). On the nutrition side, I worked with a nutrition coach for a short time, but after gaining weight and the person going MIA on me, I was left to figure out what to do next. After six weeks of following my previous plan of restrictive eating, aka eating clean, and no weight loss or fat loss, I realized something was really wrong and I needed more specialized help.
I had followed Katie for quite a while on IG and her blog and respected her for her strong faith, fitness/nutrition knowledge, positive attitude and honesty. Once I finally got up the nerve to reach out to her, she responded back quickly and said she had seen my situation far too often and recommended I follow her metabolic adaptation program, which meant reverse dieting to increase my calories and jump start my metabolism. My metabolism was shot from all the restrictive dieting I had done over the years. She carefully explained how the process worked and assured me this would change my future. I had so much fear, anxiety, and tears over eating more calories, but I also knew I had to do it for my health.
I was in a bad place and I knew it. I made the decision to embrace the process with my whole heart, trust God and trust the process. I knew it would require patience on my part to undo all the damage I had done. After all, I had followed restrictive eating for years, so it would require me to take each day one step in front of the other. I slowly increased each week and checked in with Katie every two weeks and after about a month in, I started getting a glimpse of what Katie meant by doing this for my future.
The empowerment and freedom I felt from eating more food, eating foods that had previously been off limits was liberating. As each month went by, I felt giddy with excitement as I would plan my meals and that feeling of empowerment and freedom continued to grow until I fully realized this process was changing my life. I was so excited – my quality of life was back! Something else happened along the way, my mindset of self-acceptance, self-love, trust and understanding changed dramatically. I also let the number on the scale go – I weigh once a week to keep in check, but it no longer has a hold on me, it doesn’t define me or set the tone of my day. It’s a number – I step on the scale, see it and step off and go about my day.
There aren’t words for the freedom that brings you! I was one of those who weighed morning and night every single day! Ridiculous, I know! But, that was me. I finished my reverse diet program last week and I am a different person. I was beaming a week ago because I actually worked a hamburger and shoestring fries (made at home) into my daily macros and it wasn’t considered a cheat meal. I remember sitting, staring at the screen and just smiling ear to ear. It was a moment for me that I realized wow! my carbs are pretty high and then my next thought was I’ve done this, I’ve successfully reversed dieted and tears came to my eyes. My weight stayed consistent throughout the five month process, my measurements dropped by half inch and I leaned down quite a bit as I increased 50 carbs and 10 fat over this timeframe. What this process brought to my life is beyond words.
I’m grateful to God for leading me to Katie, she is such a blessing. Each check-in, she cheered me on and encouraged me to continue increasing my macros, but at the same time allowed me full control over how I felt in increasing or holding my numbers. I’m just so overjoyed with the process and feel I have my life back. I’m continuing my journey with Katie, this time with a slow cut to lose the extra body fat I need to lose so I can show off those muscles I’ve worked so hard to obtain. This time I signed up for the Double Trouble program because my husband started working with her too! Woohoo! I still have improvements to make, but for the first time, I truly believe this is my year! I can see it! I can feel it and I’m hungry for it! It’s so close I can see the finish line and more importantly, I see myself standing on the other side.
With love and beautiful clients,