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  • Writer's pictureKourtney McCullough

How I Lost 25 Pounds Over The Course Of My Health Journey (Not Your Average Before & After).

I don’t talk about it much, but at the start of my health journey about 12 years ago I was 25 pounds heavier than I am now. Call it the freshman 15 in college (and then some), or the fact that I had stopped dancing (and most exercise) and wasn’t eating clean, or that I just wasn’t living my most authentic life and my daily habits reflected that.

Here are a couple of things I did and didn’t do to get to where I am today (after over a decade and lots of trial and error later): 25 pounds of inflammation lighter with (more importantly) a healthier outlook on diet and fitness and a lifestyle that supports me and feels sustainable for the rest of my life.

🚫 I did not use excess cardio or HIIT to burn calories/what I ate.

✅ I did use exercise to help build lean muscle through resistance training and Pilates on KORE | KINECT to increase my metabolic flexibility, which helped my body burn more of its own stored fat.

🚫 I did not count calories or follow any strict short term diets.

✅ I did experiment with the type of eating that worked with my body (gluten free and mostly completely grain free) and prioritized getting adequate protein with every meal (20-30g) to help muscle growth. I also worked with a professional holistic naturopath who helped me balance my hormones and got me out of adrenal fatigue from my years of doing too many HIIT and bootcamp sessions.

🚫 I did not weigh myself.

✅ I did notice how my clothes were fitting differently over time. Body recomposition (ie losing fat and gaining muscle simultaneously) is about changing the shape of your body, not the number on the scale.

🚫 I did not deprive myself of treats if I wanted them.

✅ I did practice and 80/20 philosophy and limited my alcohol consumption significantly.

🚫 I did not expect change to happen overnight.

✅ I did focus on becoming the healthiest version of myself and making a true lifestyle change and the weight loss was a side effect of eating cleaner, balancing my hormones, and lowering my bodily inflammation with workouts that were less stressful on my system.

🚫 I did not set unrealistic short term goals and beat myself up and give up when I didn’t reach them.

✅ I did stay consistent over time. Remember, consistency doesn’t have to look the same every week. Using my menstrual cycle to track my energy levels, for example, helped me know when to push myself in workouts during the month and when to take it easier, which helped me stay consistent in the long term.

💯 The point is: there is no such thing as a quick fix. Figuring out what works for your body takes time, but is always worth it.

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