I have always been very active, doing everything from running to cycling to kickboxing to yoga. I definitely put in a lot of work but somehow didn’t seem to get the results I wanted. I figured someone who worked out as much as I did surely should be more toned, defined and “fit-looking.” I have always been skinny with a thin frame but after turning 25 or so, I was starting to become skinny fat. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong or how to fix it. I was eating really healthy (or so I thought) – my diet consisted mostly of fruit, oatmeal, Greek yogurt and the occasional salad from Whole Foods or Sweetgreen.
I met with Inez and told her about my dilemma, and she immediately knew what to do. We cut out all dairy and sugar (including fruit), replaced it with more substantial foods (chicken, salmon, quinoa, veggies, avocado, nuts) and she put me on a heavy weight training regimen and removed a lot of the cardio I had been doing so religiously. My new meal plan meant that I’d have to start cooking and I had never cooked in my life! And that was probably my biggest problem Never cooking meant I never got sufficient nutrition to support my goals (you really can’t live off of Greek yogurt and fruit and expect to have a strong, toned, fit body).
I have now been working with Inez since February and it’s amazing how far I’ve come. Not only has my body changed tremendously (hello abs), but I have changed my entire lifestyle. The meal plan and the mindset have truly become my new way of life; I live and breathe it every day – and I LOVE it!
I have overcome my extreme sugar addiction, which I didn’t even realize I had. I cook my own meals every day and I eat clean, healthy, whole foods – no salt, no sugar, no preservatives. I don’t crave bad foods anymore and if I want something sweet or something that’s not on my meal plan, I usually just make it myself. My taste buds have changed so much (I can now taste the preservatives and salt in store-bought food), which is why I prefer most meals home cooked. For example, I used to LOVE chocolate truffles but now I actually prefer my own homemade ones (containing only organic cacao powder, almond butter, protein powder, agave, vanilla extract and cinnamon)!
For me, working with Inez was the best gift I could have ever given myself. I’m not going to lie, it is really hard work – there has been blood, sweat and the occasional tear! But at the end of the day, it’s an investment in me and it has made me a much happier, healthier and fitter person.
Change is always challenging, even when it’s for the better!