I’m seriously so happy you are here right now because you most likely saw this title and was telling yourself, I NEED to know her weight lost secrets. Don’t worry, I will get to that soon but there are somethings I need to share with you before giving you the goods.
NICE TO MEET YOU
If you’re new, I’m Mandy Nicole. I’m a business consulting coach and I help other women entrepreneurs tell their stories, sell their products or services, all while using digital marketing. I help ladies bring what’s online to a reality in the real world. My job allows me to meet so many women who are trying get to the next level and just need a little help getting there. Even if you don’t have a business, no worries! You can still stick around because a lot of my stories are just real life stuff and how I tackle it. It just happens to be inside my business most of the time. If you’re a stay at home mom or a working professional, seriously stick around because I promise there is something here for you at Simple and Pretty Co. Oh…for 5 years, I was a blogger too so I kind of tell a lot of stories.
HOW MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY STARTED
For those who do not know, I suffer from anxiety and depression. January of 2020, I decided to make my mental health a first priority. On and off medications since I was thirteen made it hard to navigate life. When I started by business, I was so consumed with figuring out everything, I REALLY tossed it to the side. I finally had a moment before 2019 ended where I just accepted, my brain is wired differently but that is the reason I am able to achieve great things and connect with so many people. For a while, I saw it as a curse, but now I’m grateful my sufferings have a life lesson to learn where not having them, I wouldn’t know how to move forward.
Now how this connects with my weight loss is, after moving to a brand new town, working on my business full time, and moving in with my boyfriend for the first time made me gain 15 pounds! I felt like I wasn’t recognizable and being a blogger, I had to take many photos and be in front of the camera. Although it didn’t stop me because I know how to pose, there was a thought I suppressed in my mind. I need to get healthier.
BEING AFRAID THE PAST WILL RESURFACE AND IT DID
I grew up in the 90s. You see picture perfect models and none of them look like you. So what do you do? Do everything you can to be like them.
My eating disorder started at the age of 13. I would throw up my launch, stop eating all together, and that was the period my cutting started.
This all stems from a really terrible day that happened years prior.
When I was around 8, my mother and father were going through a divorce and so many of her friends and our family stepped up to take care of me. Once her former best friend took me to Toronto to see her family without my mother and by that time, I have gain a crazy amount of weight. Due to the divorce, we were on the road a lot and I started eating a lot of fast food. Remember when a kids meal wasn’t $10? I don’t know if they are but they seem super expensive now.
I was this tiny little girl who just blew up what felt like overnight. Well, my mother’s best friend at the time’s family was hosting a little get together like Asian families do on Fridays and I honestly already felt alone because I wasn’t with my mother and I knew no one.
All of a sudden, a bunch of the kids came up to me and said someone had picked up a cup and asked who it was … then our GRANDMOTHER said… “IT’S THE FAT GIRL’S CUP.”
The hell! The GRANDMOTHER said this! But this started a whole journey of my unhealthy weight loss journey which eventually put me in so many dark places in my life. To be honest, I’m very lucky to be alive today.
LOOKING GOOD IN MY 20’s
My weight has always been up and down. I have been working on having a healthier relationship with food but with the noise of all the weight lost programs and fads, for any women, it’s hard to navigate it. Yes health class tells you to eat your fruits and vegetables, but unless you have a parent who taught you how to cook, you’re screwed.
After college, I met a guy who was super buff and at that time, I thought “for some reason, he loved me.” It was crazy to think someone handsome can actually fall for me. Then scarcity set in and I didn’t want to lose him. So I worked out. Put my heart at risk by drinking a crap load of C4. Looked amazing. I would have dated me. But although I was a stick, I still thought I was “fat.” Then I started to drink 3 energy drinks a day, a cup of soup if I was lucky, and walked 4 miles because I was a manager at a boutique. Clothes were looking good on me and then all of a sudden, my depression got worst. I had more anxiety attacks. I wanted to die.
The weight lost from the outside was great but I was putting my body through term oil every single day. My body would do from a rush feeling from the energy drinks to crashing down where it started to crush my soul.
The sadness grew. Life started to hit even harder and it wasn’t in my control. I wasn’t able to cope and I started to gain weight again. He broke up with me. I couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t because I was a little bigger but my heart was broken and it caused me to look different internally and externally. I had to start a new life again. Without my perfect body. Just what I felt a broken break and a bigger butt.
Then we get to the story we first started with in the beginning. Where I became happier but we kept eating out and living our best life but the double chin got bigger. Of course I did some things to help mask the fact I was just not healthy.
WHY TELL YOU THESE STORIES?
You came here because you wanted to know my secrets on how I lost three pants sizes in one month. It’s simple. I changed my diet, I was discipline, and I figured out my WHY.
Why am I going to start this journey even though I’ve seen it time and time again put me through the worst times in my life?
The reason I decided to do this was because one my best friend sent me over ideas to lose the weight and I ended up doing it but also because I wanted to take my life and business to the next level. In order to do so, I had to be mindful of what I put into my body. That meant, no dairy, no sugar and no gluten. Yeah that’s right! NOOOO BREAD! The F*.
But honestly, what this journey taught me is I feel good when I wake up, I have more energy during the day, and I recover faster for when I have my anxiety attacks.
I just wanted to give you my story because you get this list because I felt like I was doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you the whole story.
When you get it, it’s going to look like I eat nothing but I have REALLY big portions. It’s just super simple and I don’t have to think about what I need to eat. And I’m not left hungry which is a nice thing.
I got healthier doing this and I just happen to lose inches along the way. I want you to use this a guide only but before doing so, really do some soul searching on why you want to go on this journey. I promise, having your why will make eating the same things a lot easier. Yes. I eat the same thing in different form. Get over it. I did. And I got results.
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KNOW YOUR WHY
I hope my stories help put things into perspective on why I was able to successfully lose 3 pant sizes in a month. The month of January is over and I’m happy to say, I’m still doing great with my eating habits. I do have a goal of where I want to be but I’m also really happy where I am now.
If there’s any take away from this post I hope you get, it’s focus on why you want to start of your healthy eating habit journey.
ONE LAST THING
Anxiety and depression can cause a lonely life. Teaching a child to cope their feelings is very hard and sometimes parents need to seek intervention for their children. I am so grateful because my mother was able to seek early intervention and I believe it’s why I am able to live a pretty happy life. Some parents and children are not as fortunate. The cost of mental health services can be pricey because insurance does not cover it. And if a therapist is their health insurance’s network, sometimes it’s left the parents driving hours away for services.
I want to help! My goal is to donate $1,000 to Kid Mind’s Matter by the end of April. I have created these cards called Send It Forward. Each card cost $5 and you will receive a blank card, an envelope, and another handwritten card from me! Please be sure to head over to our Send It Forward Shop to pick out your favorite designs!
You are truly amazing! I hope this helps you know you’re not a lone in this world and please don’t ever hesitate to reach out via email, Instagram, or by flagging me down in person.