Finding Food to FUEL: Samantha's journey to whole health

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“I could never workout out before work”

“I could never give up bread or cheese”

“I’ll never run another half marathon”

In 2015 my life was filled with what I could or would not do. At that time giving up bread was not an option. Consequently, I was overweight with constant feelings of anxiety and sadness (when I didn’t see any reason why), achy joints and zero energy. I guzzled energy drinks almost daily for pick up to combat the afternoon lull. I summed this up to “getting old” and these feelings quickly became the norm. I hated myself.

In 2016, I made a New Year’s resolution to ‘get healthy’. In the past I had tried counting calories, drinking shakes, counting macros, eating minimal amounts foods, or not eating for long periods of time. I had tried almost everything to lose weight and knew there had to be something I was missing; some kind of knowledge. I ditched the internet (too much information and totally overwhelming) and went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a couple books.

In February I joined Get Fit. I sleepily walked into 4 am class because I was self-conscious and wanted there to be the least amount of people there to see me fumbling around the weights or hanging from those straps! I was greeted warmly by Cheryl who introduced me to the ‘Zombies’ and then took a picture! I thought ‘who takes a picture at 4 am?! I don’t even know these people!’ and tried to hide in the back but I found myself in the picture anyway. I’ll never forget that day. I immediately loved the workouts and the people. Smiles and high fives? Yes, please! I loved the energy and wanted to be around it. I began to get involved in community again, volunteering at Love Modesto and the Modesto Marathon.

I joined Get Fit during a boot camp. I asked questions about it and thought immediately “I’ll never do a boot camp, that’s just too much” but seeing the boot campers pushing themselves and the trainers pushing them in a non-scary way was inspiring. The seed was planted.

In May I noticed the program Food Fit. I was immediately interested but had to wait for the next round in August. Bummer. Around the same time, I read It Starts with Food and my mind was blown. I had a paradigm shift. I was more anxious than ever to start Food Fit but couldn’t wait at the same time. In June I started a round of Whole 30 by myself. I made it 26 days and celebrated July 4th. One thing I always promised myself I would not let food deter me from enjoying celebrations of holidays and I did not let it. I restarted the next day to the horror of my boyfriend who asked “can’t we just go 4 more days? And call it good” I smiled and answered “No.” I successfully completed my first whole 30 fuel food right after. I was amazed at my determination and my self-discipline. I was a gal who lived off pizza, cheeseburgers, wings, cereal, and burritos and I had gone 30 full days without any of them. I survived. And I wanted to know more. I watched documentaries, devoured books-- anything I could get my hands on because I wanted to learn.

I signed up for Food Fit. During Food Fit I ate probably more vegetables than I have in my entire life. My mantra is now “add greens to everything. Then add some more” I love my greens now. And haven’t had an energy drink since June 2016.temp-post-image

Over the summer I had signed up for a half marathon (something I promised I would never do again) but I had a renewed sense of determination. I knew I had to train so I joined Run Fit. When I joined I could barely run 1 mile without stopping for a break. Through the training and new understanding of nutrition and fueling my body within a month and a half I was going for 5, 7, 8 miles without stopping! I continued to be amazed at what my body could accomplish when I fueled it properly. During training I signed up for 2 more half marathons, completing 3 within 4 months. For me this was an accomplishment. After finishing The Change Up (Get Fit’s 4 week boot camp), I knew I wanted to do an 8 week hybrid, fueling myself 8 weeks with fuel food from Food Fit. My goal is to make fuel food a lifestyle. I intend to keep my promise of not letting food determine my life, I will celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings and all those fun festive events. But now I have a knowledge of what will awake my sugar dragon and I know what my worth-its are. Potlucks in class or the candy bowl at work are not worth-its for me.temp-post-image

This past year, with a simple New Year’s resolution, I have grown into a better version of me. I can do burpees with a push up, box jumps, TRX pikes, hold a plank, and full pushups--movements I struggled with a year ago.

And I love myself. I love my body for what it can do. I care for my body because it’s the only one I get and I want it to be able to do more awesome things this upcoming year (Spartan, maybe?) 2016 was the year of “I can & I will” and it’s pouring into this year with no plans of stopping. Nutrition and fitness have brought a confidence to me I haven’t felt in a long time. What started as a weight loss journey has turned into so much more.

The timing was perfect when I signed up and walked into Get Fit. Get Fit is not just a gym. It is a community. It is a family. I have met so many amazing, wonderful, caring, people who all just want to lift each other up and watch them succeed. How cool is that?

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