Finding my path to health hasn’t been an easy journey. For someone who weight under 100 lbs. until into my late 20’s, when I gained 40 lbs. in 3 years, I just wanted to hide.
And I tried just about everything from gluten-free to paleo to help me lose weight. I knew that there isn’t a magic pull but I sure as heck thought changing the way I ate would help a little. And it did for a little while until I that lovely plateau. I started running regularly to start being more active – at that time being seated either at my desk or in my car was probably the most activity I had gotten.
So I went back to the drawing board. I kept running but also signed up to be part of a soccer team. And noticed a bit of a change but the eating was still a bit of a challenge. And since journaling is the thing I do when I try to solve most any problem I come across, I wrote about it all.
I grew up in Germany, so our plates always felt like they were just the right portion – I still can’t believe some of the portion sizes being served here in the US – and then I remembered that I used to intermittent fastened – not on purpose but it was pretty much my way of life for a really long time.
So I did my research because as I am getting a bit older, nutrition values matter. I eat 2 meals between 1 pm and 7 pm and then nothing – now I am going to be honest, I am not 100% all the time. It’s a human thing and I don’t believe in denying myself what I want – whether it be chocolate or some french fries. I think finding my path to health was fueled by my upbringing which is huge on everything in moderation and the willingness to figure out what works for me.
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