Hi there 🙂
My name is Linda Catherine Powers, I’m a 48 year old mother of 2 and a grandmother of 2.
This is my review of the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge, I hope I can serve as an inspiration and encouraging force for your own journey ahead.
When I was 41 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Thyroid Cancer and once I underwent surgery, the weight gain was an uphill battle.
I started my life off quite young with my children and was always working and not eating the healthiest of foods. As I got older I noticed a lot of changes in my body and it wasn’t easy to lose the weight I had gained over the years.
I work as an executive administrative assistant in a fast paced environment so eating habits haven’t always been a priority, it’s a grab and go, whatever is quick.
At my heaviest I weighed 194 pounds and on thyroid medication that had a dosage dependent on my weight.
I love reading and cooking, it takes my mind off so many things and it’s my get away. That’s how I found Rachel and Clean Food Crush! I started following CleanFoodCrush and signing up for recipes and quickly fell in love 🙂 Rachel and the CleanFoodCrush team taught me how to incorporate all the things I love in a healthier way.
I started just eating clean in the late part of 2016, incorporating a lot of Rachel’s recipes with my dinners, which were always my biggest challenges, it’s easy to go through a drive through or order pizza when you’re tired. I also Love wine and having drinks with friends after a stressful day, another easy thing to fall into. Even though I was incorporating clean recipes into my lifestyle, it wasn’t consistent enough. I was still eating out a lot, I was still drinking my wine and having my cake, so of course the weight would fluctuate.
In early 2017 I started excising, walking, light jog and circuit training (Tabata) and my weight went down to 184 pounds. I was proud of myself for getting results, so I started reading more about meal prep and my Sundays became crock pot meals, overnight oats and baggies with fruit for smoothies. I lost another 4 pounds but my body and clothes didn’t change.
Then it happened, my achilles tendon and hamstrings inflamed and I under went MRI’s, and doctors orders to stop exercise and even walking until they could get the inflammation under control. So my scale didn’t move but I was determined to continue to eat clean, so I continued on the journey. Once I got my orthotics (yep it’s come to that), nothing was going to hold me back… well except lunges, jump roping and sprints, those are still a no go.
Now this brings us to Feb 15th 2018 where my real transformation and lifestyle changed, and not just for ME but for my entire FAMILY too!
I decided I had NOTHING to lose and I joined the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge, downloaded the material and followed every Week step by step – WATER is key.
My family started losing weight and feeling the difference of how their clothes fit, since everyone was eating the same kind of meals, especially at dinner.
I weighed in at 180 lbs and in 30 days I lost 8 more pounds with no exercise. With this result I said I was going to go for the gold and signed up for annual membership and in 60 days I’m down a total of 12 lbs pounds, a whole pant size, 6 inches, 5 pounds of actual body fat (that’s a lot of fat) and I’m up 1 pound of muscle. YAY ME!
Here are a Few More Results I’ve Seen from Taking the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge…
- My choices when I go out are smarter
- I’m not tempted by sugar and bread anymore
- A lot of times I’d rather be at home since my meals have more flavor then when I eat out.
- And wine…well there’s always time for that it’s just not all the time, I have a glass now and then but everything is in moderation.
I’ve incorporated exercise into my weekly balance and it’s not about hours at the gym or running miles, it’s about taking time out 15 – 30 mins 3 – 5 times a week. Walking, yoga, elliptical, or circuit training with light weights.
My advice from experience with this process: Don’t make it a job make it a journey, a journey you will enjoy with every inhale and exhale that you take.
I reminded myself daily that it’s not about how fast you run to win the race, it’s that you finish it. I’m so very grateful for what I have learned and my journey has just started, good luck on yours, YOU Can do it!