No, I’m not really bi-polar, not in the medical sense anyway. What I am is a chronic dieter, exerciser, “don’t care anymore”, “I’m FAT”, lose the weight, regain it, fitness freak.
I kid you not, I have tried everything (except colonics’) to get in shape, lose the weight, find a long term solution.
My fitness bi-polar-ness began way back in 1984 with my first gym membership. This was the time of leotards, tights, leg warmers and LA Gear hightops (yes I wore a thong leotard over my tights). I was the Nautilus Queen and I was hot at 14 years old with minimal bodyfat. I joined the gym simply because Eileen Ford, the Modeling Agency, said I needed to lose 15 pounds “at least” if I ever wanted to pursue a modeling career. I was 5’9″ and 125 pounds. WTF?!?!? So began my love hate relationship with all things fitness.
In 2004 I found Bill Phillips and Body for Life and finally found a “reasonable” approach to weight loss and fitness…I thought. Over the course of the next 9 years I have still managed to lose a little, gain a little, lose a few more, gain a few more PLUS back, lose and gain over and over again.
I can talk “shop” with the best of them. I know exactly what to do, what to eat, when to eat it and when to do it and I can tell YOU exactly how to get in the best shape of your life, I just don’t follow my own advise. I maniacally work out, eat insane foods (Paleo, No Gluten, Watermelon Diet, Super Dieter’s Tea, high protein/low carb, high carb/low protein, intermittent fasting (Eat Stop Eat or 4 Hour Body version, etc). Then I stop…for weeks…sometimes months…because I don’t care (but really I do).
I’ve followed BFL, Turbulence Training, Red Carpet Ready with Valerie Waters, Body of Fire with Chad Waterbury, Home Kickboxing Revolution and they are all AMAZING programs. I’m particularly fond of both Valerie Waters and herValSlide as well as Craig Ballantyne and Turbulence Training, those are always the programs I fall back on because they WORK!
But even that hasn’t stopped my yo-yoing.
So the purpose of this blog is accountability and ventability.
Oh and that modeling career…I never lost the 15 pounds so I became a swimsuit and lingerie model instead :-D, that was I could still eat!