This is me (Kellie) before and after changing my dietSince I started eating clean I’m looking leaner and overall healthier. I feel great too. A lot of friends, neighbors and people I see occasionally are asking me questions. The gal who does my nails is overweight and began a long conversation about health recently. I got the impression she wanted to ask what I was doing for health but never came out and just asked me. Instead, she talked about her diet, her hate of exercise, her negative experiences with changing her health. So I started telling her my story, figuring that was what she wanted to know.I told her diet was the biggest factor in looking and feeling good. I really was shocked what a huge difference it made for me! I can now wear a bikini, at age 43, and feel confident. This is the first summer in my life that I can take the cover-up off and walk around confidently. Why, why, why didn’t I eat cleaner in my 20′s ??? I truly feel cutting out alcohol, sugar and processed food will bring out the leaner, healthier person in everyone.
This sounds so simple because it is. It is simple but not easy. The nail gal explained she could never give up her nightly glass(es) of wine. No Way! She exercises regularly and touted that she does 45 minutes on the treadmill 3 times per week. Exercising like this may burn calories, but it won’t change the shape of your body. Weights, resistance training and intensity are essential. Sugar…well she didn’t eat it that much and she knew it was not good for her. I hear this same type of story from so many women. They want to look great in a bikini or lose those last stubborn 10 pounds, but don’t want to put in the work. I exercise very intensely and have done so consistently for 3 years working out 4-7 times every week. BUT…I didn’t notice significant changes in my body until I gave up sugar and alcohol! Period. Diet is so important!
It may be hard to start a conversation about how to change. Its okay…lots of people have a hard time and feel uncomfortable. Just do it anyway. Start the conversation with someone you admire. Ask pointed questions about their fitness and diet habits. Then try it! If you make a small change, it will probably stick. Then try another change. You can do what I did and jump in with both feet, enrolling in a fitness competition at age 43 or just look great in your bikini or favorite dress!