In Lissa’s words: “I’ve always been active, but for some time I had been re- lying on my younger days when I could eat whatever I wanted without worrying about the consequences. Boy, the weight sure crept up on me. Too much eating on the go and mindless snacking were taking their toll.
I work in law enforcement [dealing] with some pretty intense cases, so I need to be physically fit for my own safety, and I was starting to push those limits. I’m a pretty daring person, and I learned how to roller skate when I was forty-two just so I could play roller derby. Roller derby requires a lot of athleticism—just what I needed to get my body back on track.
Getting on board, but not 100 percent
Finding Natalie Jill’s program online helped me get back on track. I immediately loved the message. I also loved that Natalie Jill was in her forties, had a child (I have three kids and two grand kids), and still looked amazing. Of all the fitness coaches out there, Natalie was the only one I felt a connection with. The twenty-year-old coaches are great, but who doesn’t look great at twenty?
When I was in my twenties, I was modeling and felt fantastic, but it was easy to maintain back then. I started my first Natalie Jill challenge in the beginning of the new year. I was on board, but I still wasn’t putting in 100 percent. I would cheat here and there, but still I was making some good progress. And then I had a big setback.
My pity party
I had been playing roller derby for two years, and I was doing great. I was trying hard to focus on eating clean, drinking water, and working out. Then one day in the spring I broke my leg during practice. I had a complete pity party and started to eat poorly again. I reverted back to all my bad habits and gained pretty much all of the weight I’d lost. I felt horrible—I was fatigued and had headaches all the time. I knew I needed to get with the program, because my health was suffering.
Getting back on track
After I had had enough of feeling sorry for myself, that summer I told myself that this time I would really commit to a second challenge. I began eat- ing well again, and for fitness I started with my upper body and core, then slowly brought back cardio and legs. Natalie Jill has so many workouts to choose from that I found there really was no excuse for not working out. I can’t say that I’ve been perfect, but I feel wonderful—my energy level is back and I don’t feel that constant fatigue that I was dealing with before.
A sign that I was doing things right
About five weeks into the challenge, I had guests staying with me, and I fell off a little. I immediately got a headache, the first headache I had since starting the challenge. I used to get headaches every single day, but I hadn’t had a single one during those five weeks. I wasn’t drinking enough water, and I wasn’t eating like I was supposed to, so this head- ache was telling me something. By following the program, not having a headache had become my new normal!
Getting back on my skates
For my second challenge, I really did my homework. I made a vision board. I did a lot of reading about health and nutrition. I didn’t just follow the rules; I really educated myself so I would have an understanding of why I needed to stay away from processed foods. Doing that has made it easier to make better choices. I’ve lost about 10 pounds so far and I feel great. While I’m waiting for my doctor to clear me for full contact, I’m thrilled to be back on my skates and playing with my roller derby team again!”
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