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Like many (probably most) women, I’ve had a pretty unhealthy relationship with food for most of my life. I would go through periods of emotional eating and weight gain, followed by seriously restrictive calorie counting where I would eat just 1200 calories a day (sometimes much less). At the time I thought this was normal. It’s not. And it isn’t necessary to go on a strict diet to lose weight.
When I joined Tone It Up, I learned the value of intuitive eating. For the first time I was neither bingeing nor restricting. I learned how to pick out healthy foods and eat moderate amounts without counting calories. For the first time, I wasn’t thinking about food (or food avoidance) 24/7. The website and the powerful community of TIU women on Instagram really changed my life.
I also learned the importance of strength training. Back when I was counting calories, I would do endless cardio on top of that. It didn’t get me the results I wanted. Yet, once I started eating intuitively and incorporating strength training routines 3-4 days a week, the pounds fell off and I look better than I’ve EVER looked. I realized that by forgetting to do strength training, you may lose weight, but you’ll mostly lose muscle. I’d rather look toned and healthy rather than just plain skinny. I highly recommend their videos, which you can find on Youtube.
The amazing community of girls on their website and throughout Instagram and Facebook are inspiring, dedicated, and incredibly supportive. I’ve also had the fortune to meet many of them and become friends. I couldn’t ask for better motivation. I felt that this post was necessary because Tone It Up inspired me to start this blog and one day I hope my blog can be as helpful to others as TIU was to me!