My kids range from 21 to 7 years old so that’s many years of fluctuating and many years of my baseline creeping up and my body tone dropping down. I would never have been considered obese, but it wasn’t so much the scales I was worried about it was more how I looked and felt. A lot of the time I was ‘just blah’ and not comfortable in my own skin which made me grumpy and annoyed with myself. I was always looking for ways to gain control of my body and I was really wanting a better understanding of how to fuel my body. I tried it all – shakes, juices, points, calorie restriction – you name it I tried it!
Growing up, diet and exercise were not a big focus in my family. I grew up in Hungary and life for my parents was a struggle. The foundation of my food habits was built on traditional cheap nutrition – cheap in price because it was al we could afford and cheap in nutrients. Basically I learned to love high energy carb meals with a bit more high energy carb on the side. A dish called ‘Krumplis teszta’ which is basically mashed potato, onion and pasta mixed together is an example. We had vegetables, but more as a bit on the side.
After my 3rdpregnancy in my early 30’s, I was again looking for something to help me lose the weight I’d gained and I joined weight watchers and lost 20 kilos in 6 months. I became interested in karate and started to do that 3-5 times per week. That was really the first time in my life I exercised, but despite being very active and keeping track of my points, my weight started to creep up. I fell pregnant with my 4thchild and after that I was looking to lose that 20kg again. I became a weigh watchers coach to motivate myself and help others. The weight came off slowly but it was a battle. I became interested in Zumba in 2010 and went on to become an instructor, even with all that cardio I wasn’t getting my weight and body where I wanted it so I started weight training in 2013. I really enjoyed the weights, but didn’t have real structure in my program and the nutrition advise I got was based on tuna, chicken and salad – the nutrition became so frustrating that I actually found I was craving sugar more and more. I needed something different.
Having seen the success, It’s personal Transformation had both in themselves and with their clients, l signed up for F.I.R.E and nutrition 20 months ago. That first round of nutrition I actually gained weight! WTF!! I always had very good reasons for being non compliant and inconsistent, much to the frustration of my patient trainers who did have to listen to the odd tantrum. The main obstacle was a live in mother in law who LOVED to cook all the traditional Hungarian foods that were so habitually ingrained in me. Not only was she a great cook, she loved to bake cakes and sweets even more! How are you supposed to break a habit when that habit is constantly in your face?! At times it seemed insurmountable. There was a never ending supply of carb loaded food and also never ending hurt feelings and strained relationships if I refused to eat these things. Slowly but surely though I changed – and looking back now, that was the key – I CHANGED. I wished my MIL would change and those foods wouldn’t be in my face, I wished my husbands metabolism wasn’t so efficient compared to mine, I wished I didn’t have to deal with PMS and other changing hormones, but I realized my wishes were not getting me results. I needed to make the decision to change regardless and I’m proud to say that despite it all I DID!
My F.I.R.E training was progressing really well and I love training with structure. I was getting more muscle, more tone and becoming stronger. I had put the potential of a body comp on my bucket list but I needed to prove compliance and improve my metabolic classification before even contemplating that further. I repeated the nutrition program, and had the support of my husband Janos who had also started training and doing the nutrition program. My MIL continued to cook and bake but this time we gradually developed the strength and skills to make food choices that were more consistent with our goals. We cooked our own meals and the meal timing improved dramatically. I managed to add breakfast into my diet and found ways to plan and be more organized so my meal regularity improved. And guess what?! The more compliant I became the more my body responded – Its not rocket science, however, getting the knowledge is easy, getting the drive to break traditional habits to implement changes takes a big mindset shift. Even though Janos was also learning MP nutrition, at times it became a frustration because his results seemed to come easier than mine, so another big lesson was realizing you can’t compare to someone else’s journey. Easier said than done!
Having now seen and learned how my body responds to various foods, I feel I’ve laid a great foundation on which to build further. The importance of learning about the nutrient value of foods as opposed to calories or points is the difference between developing a sustainable nutrition plan and one that based on manipulating numbers. Playing the number game in whatever format you do it will always come to an end because at some stage your numbers will be up and you wont have a strategy of where to go from there. I Plan to continue implementing changes in my nutrition. I’ve never stuck to a training and nutrition program as long as I’ve stuck with this one and I see no reason to change. I know this program can get me to my bucket list.