Some of you may remember me from before, but for those who do not know me, my name is April. I used to journal a lot around here but I took a break. I feel now it's time to come back to bb.com and start meeting new people and catch up with old friends.
I will start with some brief info about myself. I have been in and out of a gym since I was 19 and like everyone, had my own personal struggles as well as some health issues. I struggle with diet, motivation and energy, as I'm sure mostly everyone does. But I have a dream to get to the body I want and I enjoy weight lifting and challenging myself. In the past I have had digestive issues, energy issues and sleep issues. Those that know me know that I went through blood tests and sleep tests and heart tests and just a lot of tests that found nothing. I was in the normal range for which ever issue was being tested. About a year ago I decided to see a Naturopath in hopes they could find something to help. It came down to me being tested for food sensitivities and once I took out the foods I'm sensitive too, I started seeing improvements. I dropped 8lbs fast, and continued dropping for a total of 18lbs (before this, my weight was climbing, no matter what I did). My energy levels started improving, joint pain was gone (It got really bad right before I cut out foods, never experienced that before), the dark circles under my eyes lightened, my seasonal allergies were reduced, my digestion got a bit better(though I have other contributing factors on that as well), I just overall feel better. The most resent change I have noticed was from when I switched shifts at work. About 6 weeks ago I was moved from the afternoon shift (which I had been on for 4 years) to day shift. It was a rough start but now that I've gotten my sleep pattern down I'm actually feeling a little more better. I'm not saying I jump out of bed and am able to go run a marathon or anything, but compared to my past issues, it's a big improvement. And on this new shift, I'm actually getting LESS sleep!
Anyways, I wanted to start a fresh new journal, move forward in my life and try to stay positive and focused. My goal has never changed, I want to look the best, not to be average, to look athletic and feel great with my body. But since that's a quite vague area, I have been thinking of putting a huge goal on myself, and that is to compete in figure. My original time line for this was for Spring 2013. I may be far from this goal right now and I can tell you that I'm still struggling but I'm hoping this journal and getting back into tracking will help. Right now I'm working with an online trainer who provides me with monthly workouts, diet and support. She is great, and even through my struggles she is there for me answering all my questions and knows my diet restrictions and takes that all into account.
So, for those who follow me, welcome.
Thread: New Beginning, Different Outcome