Hailey's carb cycling story
I do what I do to help women find freedom in health and fitness. To show them that no matter the age, no matter where they are in life - that they CAN feel amazing. This girl right here, is a special one. I actually babysat her when I was a teenager and now she has grown in to an incredible woman. When she asked me about my Fat Loss program last year, I jumped on the opportunity to share it with her.
Hear what Hailey has to say and listen to her incredible health journey that started early on...
"Carb Cycling changed everything. It’s as simple as that. Ok, maybe not that simple, but it was the starting point of many great changes.
I’ve struggled with my weight for my entire life. I can remember doing the “South Beach Diet” when I was 14 years old in the 8th grade. Never once did my parents insist I lose weight, it was all pressure from myself. My driving factor wasn’t that I thought I was ugly, or didn’t like who I was, it was merely me, wanting to be healthier and fitter.
I grew up being active, playing competitive sports, and eating healthy meals. However, I was big. I chalked it up to “being like my dad” and “having big bones”. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t lose weight when I exercised and ate healthy. This feeling of doing so much yet not seeing results followed me through High School and College. I wanted a quick fix and hated when I put in the time and effort but didn’t see results.
At the ripe age of 15 I completed “The Fat Flush”. This program was strict and I stuck to it 100%. I saw great results and adapted what I had learned into the way I lived. However, there was NO exercise at all in this program. At this time in my life I hated exercise so it was right up my alley.
As I progressed through high school I continued to play sports but had constant injuries. I used my injuries as a crutch and an excuse because I literally HATED sports conditioning and exercise at this point in time. I enjoyed exercise when it was my idea, not someone else’s. My weight maintained most of high school and I was happy with who I was, but knew I still wanted to be more fit.
When I graduated High School and started college I swore I would never gain the Freshman Fifteen, or even worse, the Freshman Fifty. Throughout my freshman year I made a point to exercise and eat well. Even though I was eating dorm food I stuck to chicken and salad. Literally, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. My fun was had in drinking.
Once I moved out of the dorms and into my own house I continued to eat well and exercise. I had learned my body craved exercise and I was a much happier person when I did it. My weight was slowly starting to creep up, but not enough to where I saw it being a problem.
Entering my junior year of college I started to feel really down on myself. I started feeling fat and wanted instant gratification. I signed up for Nutrisystem and lost weight right away. I stuck to the meals allowed and denied myself simple pleasures as well as going out on the weekends with friends. I exercised on and off, but mainly knew my abs would be made in the kitchen. I did this program for roughly 8 months. I lost weight and felt better about where I was. Then one day, I was done. I can distinctly remember the day I stopped Nutrisystem. It’s burned into my memory and from that day forward I never again ate another boxed meal. Ugh it’s just so disgusting even thinking about it!
Since the moment I stopped Nutrisystem I just did what I did. I gained back ALL the weight (and then some) that I had lost. I tried to eat well, yet have fun and exercise. Looking back, I was in a downward spiral but didn’t know it.
Right before my college graduation I spent two weeks eating nothing but Salmon, Green Beans, and Rice. I knew these foods would help me lose weight and feel great come graduation day. I did NOT fuel my body properly as I was going for instant gratification, not lifelong change.
Two short weeks after my college graduation I got a wakeup call. I had just graduated with a Health & Human Performance Exercise Science Kinesiology degree and I did NOT practice anything I preached or majored in. I’d do my best to eat well, but secretly, I was eating snacks in the car, after my roommates had gone to sleep, and whenever I was home alone. I knew this was not the life I wanted to live or the path I wanted to take. I was getting winded when I walked up stairs knew something HAD TO CHANGE.
On June 8th 2014 I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach. I didn’t sign up to inspire people or get their money, I simply signed up because I needed to be held accountable. I started with a program called TurboFire. My diet was flexible, but I made it a point to drink Shakeology every day. I saw great results and by August was feeling the best I could ever remember feeling. Throughout the next year I participated in Beachbody programs on and off and let my diet slide. I was young, in my 20’s, and didn’t want to miss out on anything. I was 20 pounds down from my college graduation and felt like I was in a good spot.
Little did I know what was coming…Summer 2015 I fell in love with a boy. We were engaged that Christmas and I had 8 months until my wedding. I always dreamed how I would look and feel on my wedding day and when I looked at my life and myself I knew I had a long way to go to accomplish the feeling I was after for that special day.
I began a Beachbody Program called Hammer & Chisel January 2016. Within 6 weeks I’d hit one of my lifelong goal weights of 167, however, my progress began to plateau.
After an awful experience at my first wedding dress fitting I reached out to a good friend and mentor of mine, Jenny Mire (who also used to babysit me;) ) and she insisted I try her new program Carb Cycling. I had just left the Bridal Shop with tears in my eyes and a heart full of disappointment. I was 3 and a half months away from my wedding and was not where I needed to be for this dream dress. I literally would try ANYTHING at this point. Yes, I had reached my goal weight, but for my dress I needed to do more. This dress was amazing, there was NO way I was returning it and NO way was I getting a bigger size. My work was cut out for me.
On May 31st 2016 I started Carb Cycling. This is when EVERYTHING changed. Within the first 4 weeks I felt better than I ever had. Not only did I see results right away in the mirror, but also with how I felt. I was starting to crave exercise, crave FAST days, and loved the way the cycling made my body feel. As I stepped on the scale my first weigh in I was disappointed to see I had only lost 3 pounds, however, I had lost practically 10 inches off my body. I knew this was the real deal and I needed to keep going. I also reminded myself losing weight slowly is healthy, and practical for long term.
The day before my wedding I weighed in 5 pounds less than my lifelong goal weight of 157 pounds. The way I felt on my wedding day was nothing less than perfect. I felt great and I know I looked great. I knew I had found something that worked for me, something my body adapted well too and liked.
I have now completed 7 rounds of Carb Cycling over the last 10 months. Today I weigh 12 pounds more than I did at my wedding (164), yet I’m leaner and stronger. I started Carb Cycling wearing a size 10/12. Today, I wear 4/6. I’ve never seen myself as being a small person and I continue to try and purchase large clothing when I go shopping. However, that’s not me anymore. Not only has this program changed me physically, but it’s completely changed me mentally and emotionally. I no longer view food as fun, now, I see food as fuel. When I’m eating what my body craves it’s a win win. Whether I’m carb cycling or not I do my best to avoid dairy, gluten, sugar, and alcohol. Over the last 10 months I’ve learned these things make me feel like utter crap. Why eat them when I just feel gross after? Instead, I’ve adapted the Carb Cycling program into my lifestyle. I find alternative treats and meals that don’t contain these things. Please, listen to me clearly here. I AM HUMAN. I do eat sugar and I do drink alcohol, however, when I do these things I do not allow myself to feel guilty. I also tend to treat myself at the end of each round with Ice Cream. The difference is, balance. My life is now made up of balance and moderation. Sometimes that’s out of whack, but that’s where grace comes in.
If you have found yourself at a cross road, why are you there? What’s not working in your life that needs to be changed? Carb Cycling started with changing my physical appearance, but over the last 10 months my heart has been completely changed. I urge you to give carb cycling a try. Maybe it’s not right for you, but you’ll never know until you invest time and effort into yourself.
I now look back and can’t believe where I once was and how I thought that was “healthy” or “ok”. I’m so blessed to have had Jenny leading the charge and all the amazing women I’ve had the opportunity to know over the Carb Cycling Bootcamps. These are the women I share my life with. God’s hand guided me from a dark place and into one of bright, radiant light, I just didn’t know it when it was happening. But now, as I look back, I never hate on who or what I was, but I rejoice in who God has changed me to be.
Friends, YOU. ARE. WORTH. IT. Do something for you and before you know it you’ll be encouraging others to do something for themselves." - Hailey
What an amazing story, right?!
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