From Fat to Fit: My Struggles with Eating Paleo

Many of my clients seek out personal training because they’re overweight. Christine is one of those clients, and over the next few months she’ll be sharing her progress with us. This post was originally published on June 21, 2013, but I'm reposting it here to our new blog location.

I’ve made significant progress over the last two months because of personal training with Andrea. My chest and abs are more toned, my waist is shrinking, and my cellulite is almost a thing of the past.

However, I’ve progressed slower than I expected, and I attribute that primarily to my eating choices over the past month. I was originally gung-ho about being on a diet but it’s been extremely difficult recently. I usually work from home, so originally, whenever I got hungry I just moseyed on over to the kitchen and sliced up some veggies or peeled a hardboiled egg. It made eating low-calorie super simple.

Here’s what a typical day of eating looked like for me:

  • Protein Shake
  • Plain Yogurt with Fruit
  • Spiced Nuts (not too many of these, because they are high in calories)
  • Sliced veggies with a hardboiled egg and “sunshine sauce” from Well Fed
  • Turkey slices rolled with baby kale, bell pepper, and feta cheese
  • Half of an apple with almond butter

But currently, I’m out of the house four to five days a week, and more than once I’ve relied on fast food or candy bars to satisfy my hunger. It’s just easier…or so I thought.

I’ve always wanted a bento box, and last week I ran with that idea and purchased several plastic food containers with dividers. I then prepared enough of the above food for a week. I sliced all my veggies, roasted the nuts, cut up apples and rubbed them in lemon juice, and make a week’s worth of turkey wraps, among other things.

Now, every evening I put all of my food for the following day in its respective container. In the morning, I put it in my new lunch tote with some ice packs. I now carry it everywhere with me during the day.

To say this has revolutionized my diet is an understatement. Yesterday, my friend and I stopped at a Chinese restaurant while running errands. Instead of indulging in a super-high-calorie lunch, I just pulled out my turkey rolls and was completely content.

To be honest, I never would have made the effort if Andrea hadn’t asked me about my calorie intake. It’s one of the many perks of having a personal trainer—you have someone on your team who keeps you accountable to your goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them. If you would like similar support, contact Andrea at (888) 347-6852 for more information about personal training.