Today, I wanted to share Sarah's story with you! She is such a joy to work with and so unique, and I think that you will love her story! <3 Also, if you don't already know about my Youtube channel, I'm going to be sharing my entire reverse dieting journey today as well!
I am a firm believer in the power of travel. For me, travel opens up new challenges and opportunities my daily routine does not. Last week I was fortunate enough to spend 9 days in Costa Rica. I left at 3am Saturday the 9th and returned at 3am Monday the 18th. This trip was absolutely magical. First off, I am petrified of heights. PETRIFIED. But I ziplined down the rainforest and took 8 separate ziplines as well as a tram up the side of the mountain to get to the first zipline.
The physical challenges were there (ziplining, hiking national forests, and hiking in nature preserves) but the mental challenges were also there. I was away from macro counting and my normal gym routine for longer than 2-3 days for the first time since I started this journey. I reverse dieted with Katie for 12 weeks to fix my damaged metabolism and continued doing so until my 17th week where I was happy with my carbs (235grams!!!!!) and decided to stop. I work out 6 days a week because I like to. I do not run (except to the fridge and from spiders) and only do HIIT twice a week. And a quick little background on me to put what I'm going to say next in perspective for you. I have never had a full blown eating disorder. I do sometimes have disordered eating tendencies. I gained weight and was having terrible migraines weekly my junior year of college. It was affecting my self esteem and my life. I could not function. The migraines were crippling and required me to lay in bed in the dark for hours until they subsided. I decided to change and exercise more/eat "better" my senior year of college. I of course, did so stupidly. I was over training and wayyyy under eating. This led to me weighing far too little for my height (5 ft 3) and screwing up my hormone levels (I have not had a period in almost a year and a half now). My family and friends began getting concerned because I only ate what I thought was "healthy" and in the amounts I thought were healthy. Never deviated. Did not eat out. All sounds like disordered eating right? Well it was. It was affecting my relationship with my family and friends but I didn’t see it because my migraines were gone and I was skinny for the first time in my life! Flash forward to reverse dieting and recognizing that I had treated my body, my temple, my very being like shit for way too long. I now weigh more but have a hella lot more muscle and a booooooooottttty. (; I worked hard for this and with Katie's help, I did it.
I had a decision to make before I left for Costa Rica. Was I really going to not go on this trip because I couldn’t count my carbs or squat? HELL. NO. I had absolutely no access to a gym and the only exercise I did was the activity for the day. And you know what? I rocked a bikini on a beach for 2 whole days. I ate more rice and beans than I ever thought possible. I'm pretty positive rice is considered a vegetable for the Costa Ricans but I digress haha.
This is the life I can now live. And it all started with Katie. Her help, guidance, and the tools she provides us enabled me to take this trip and not stress about food. Yes it was hard. Yes I struggled without my veggies and gym. But when you get to spend the day on a beach with less than 20 people in a foreign country? I think I managed just fine. Am I ready to eat intuitively? No. I know I under ate some days and over ate others. But the memories I made with my cousin by just letting it go and living in the moment? THAT'S what matters. We work out and exercise daily so when we take this time out of our daily lives, we will be just fine. And I am! I'm back in the gym because I love it. I did not do any excess cardio and had honestly around 5 tablespoons of peanut butter this week. Going without my beloved PB was the hardest part trip!
If I can do this, anyone can! Listen to Katie when she tells you to eat your damn carbs and remember food is fuel not the enemy. Carbs are yummy. Fats and protein are yummy. Food is a part of life and a way to share moments with those we love. If anyone ever needs guidance or is worried about doing something like this, or has any food issues you think I can help with, or if you can relate to my story, please feel free to reach out to me. My email is below and I love to talk. Just ask Katie! I'm pretty sure I did every check in every week haha!
With a happy belly, love, and macros,