Here’s a question that I received via email which I would like to share with you…
Thank you for getting back to me Natalie. It is amazing to me that you are so diversified in the fitness/modeling/photography industry. I have some modeling experience as well.
I have struggled quite a bit in the past few years. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for 2 years and I allowed that to eat away at my confidence. I finally got out of it about 9 months ago, but have not been able to truly motivate myself to get back in the shape I used to be in. I grew up dancing and absolutely loved it. I stopped dancing a few years back though. I also love kickboxing and regular gym workouts when I’m motivated. My eating habits are also not the best. First of all, growing up I was super skinny and never had to worry about my weight. I could eat all the fatty foods in the world and not gain a pound. Now that I’m a little older, this is not the case anymore. I am also a stress eater. So, I really need help with my eating habits, because they have never been great.
My main goal is to be confident with myself. I want to be a healthy person and feel great.
I am 5′ 5 and about 139 lbs right now. This is the heaviest I have ever been. The last time I really felt great about my body was a few years back when I was working out hard and I got down to 125 lbs.
Set yourself a goal of losing 2-3 lbs a month and determine when you would reach your goal weight. I’m 5’4, 130 lbs off season and 122lbs on season @ 16% bodyfat ( I carry a lot of muscle). I used a 4 month goal and did weigh-ins every week to keep myself in check. You can do it!! Here’s a blog that I wrote on my motivation to stick to my program.
Here’s an interview that I did that is extremely comprehensive regarding my lifestyle, diet, exercise, motivation, life goals.
In addition, take a look at this site which features interviews of many normal people like you and me who are now fitness models or fitness competitors.