Rachel lost 30 pounds. By joining a CrossFit gym, she learned about proper form and had the chance to work with a nutritionist. Learning about macros, proper protein intake for muscle growth, and how to indulge in moderation has been a game-changer for her.
My fitness journey has been ongoing since I was in high school. My weight fluctuated a ton. I’m 5’1″, and at my heaviest, I weighed 152 pounds. I currently weigh 122 pounds. I have been most consistent with my journey in the past year or so. Here is how it went…
In the first pic, taken in January 2020, I was a member of a CrossFit gym. I was working out there three times a week. I learned a great deal about form and got very strong. I lost some pounds too, but my eating habits were trash. I ate too little or overate.
The gym started a fitness challenge where we got to work with a nutritionist. That’s when I learned that I was eating too little and wasn’t getting enough protein. I learned so much there. The pic in March 2020 is the result of me doing CrossFit 3 times a week plus eating healthier.
I ate a macro-based diet, drank at least 90 ounces of water a day, and ate sweets and other treats in moderation. I learned not to do “cheat meals” or “cheat days” because it trained my mind to overindulge. Instead, I learned how to incorporate all foods in moderation into my diet. I saw significant improvements.
Of course, Covid hit in late March 2020. I stayed active by doing home workouts and maintaining my healthier eating habits. I continued to lose weight, but I was sad to see that I was losing muscle and strength along with the fat. My goal isn’t to be slim but to be healthy, toned, and thick (lol).
I decided I wanted to join a gym again. I thought about these goals and the things that I enjoyed doing. I knew that CrossFit wasn’t it for me (I still will do it to switch things up, but I like lifting weights and seeing changes in my physique over strength.) I decided to join Planet Fitness in October 2020, and I worked out 4-6 days a week.
I use everything I learned in CrossFit, nutrition-wise, and what I learned from fitness gurus on Instagram to plan my daily regimen. I started by buying a fitness guide from a guru. I was able to figure out how to plan daily workouts with that.
- @woo.sah – purchased his Big 3 program
- @rauvesuave – purchased his Better Booty program
Since then, I’ve continued to incorporate tips from the many IG gurus that I follow into my workouts. Now, I work out five days a week, and I continue to eat a high protein diet.
The picture from February 2021 is a culmination of all my knowledge and hard work. I’m proud, and I’m going to keep going. Watch out for me!
My biggest lesson was the importance of nutrition. I learned that I was eating too little. You don’t have to starve to get fit. You need tons of protein and a balanced diet to change your physique and build muscle.
My advice to women: Never stop! It takes consistency to see changes, and it really does need to be a lifestyle change. Find what works for you. Be consistent. Give yourself grace, and when you fall off, keep going!