Most of you know MeredithECD from visiting The Kitchen Table, Facebook and meeting her at many of our events. She is an integral part of the RKP Books team, and I am so thrilled that she is our guest blogger today. She has done remarkably well remodelling her body into a healthy, happy form. Well done, Meredith!
|MeredithECD looking hot!|
Almost as bad as my food intake was my exercise – or lack thereof. With plenty of classes, papers to write and a job at the school newspaper, I found more excuses to be lazy than I found reasons to be active. I played ultimate Frisbee for one year, but I’d get halfway across the field during a game and be acutely out of breath.
|MeredithECD before her dramatic transformation.|
At one point, Ava’s mom actually had to physically pick my chin up because she noticed I was looking down at the ground while we walked – in Venice! Imagine watching the ground while you walk around the beautiful city of Venice! I was too afraid to look up and see the faces looking back at me in disgust or disappointment – I was used to seeing that in Canada all the time.
After this trip, and after an emotional intervention from my family, I finally realized I needed to make a change. I was tired of feeling sick each and every day because of the foods I was eating. I could barely last through a full class because I felt tired all the time. I was 20 years old and slowly killing myself with bad food choices and inactivity. I wasn’t ready to give up on a healthy and vital life.
I started by adding in slightly more exercise – my apartment building in third year of university had a gym – and walking to campus instead of taking the bus. I knew this wouldn’t be enough, though. I cleared the junk out of my sections of the kitchen cupboards and fridge, and filled them instead with lower fat dairy, whole grain pastas and leaner meats.
Eating these foods, I cut out enough fat to lose about 40 pounds. I wouldn’t realize it until later, but I am lactose intolerant and sensitive to red meat, so these were clearly not good choices for me. I also had no clue about portion sizes or proper servings. Stuck in a plateau at about 160 pounds for two years, I was tired of feeling like I wasn’t reaching my potential.
Then I started working at Robert Kennedy Publishing. I can’t even express how thankful I am for having been introduced to The Eat-Clean Diet and Tosca’s amazing wealth of knowledge! I started following The Eat-Clean Diet Principles > sticking to complex carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins and, most surprisingly for me, finally getting my portions right!
|MeredithECD hard at work - flexing that is!|
And best of all, I’ll never again look at the ground while I’m walking! I’m too busy taking in the sights around me and feeling thankful that I am still here to enjoy them.