"I've lost count of the number of people that have commented on my body shape"
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"I've lost count of the number of people that have commented on my body shape"

I took on the WildFit Challenge because it intrigued me. I love to learn and explore.
I'm 50 this September and since I had children, I've never gotten my figure or mojo back!  I'm probably like most Mums. You give all of yourself to the family and there's little energy left to invest in yourself.  Well I've no major health problems. I was just fed up of feeling worn out by the afternoons and tired of carrying weight around that just didn't want to budge. I don't believe in calorie counting or so called "diet foods". I don't want to fill my body with chemicals and junk foods that corporations convince us are convenient, tasty and the way to go. The only way that goes is to misery, poor health and an early grave.
Well I followed the programme diligently apart from a couple of intentional slips. I chose to go off track for one night on each occasion. But it was a choice and I felt ok with it as I knew I could go straight back to the program the next day. In previous "healthy eating regimes" that one night would have demoralised me and stopped the regime in it's tracks. But here I was in control with full knowledge and was straight back to the program with ease the next day.  
I lost weight right from the introduction of fruits. No so much weight lost in deep spring, but my shape and body was changing in deep spring.  Eventually I decided to stop using the scales as they were tricking me. I didn't get the burst of energy, but I felt on an even keel with energy.  No big highs and no big dips.  My energy stopped taking a dive in the afternoons. I got leg cramps after a week of being in deep spring, but in a way that was reassuring because I know my body was reacting and responding to the programme.  I also got keto rash, but again I took that as a great sign. I was forcing my body into action. My legs felt "weak" during deep spring. I assumed that was due to low magnesium so I started on supplements. I maybe should have started earlier on in deep spring with those as the weak calf muscles was the only real gripe I had.
All in all I'm so thankful for being educated. I know I have the tools now to do this on my own. I can introduce new ways of eating to my kids, by example, and also more subtly by changing what I put on their plate. You can't put a price on vibrant health. And I've lost count of the number of people that have commented on my body shape. If a busy mum like me can cope with and achieve so much then there's hope for all the other busy mums out there too. I'm a happier, healthier and more energetic mum and that makes for happier, healthier and more energetic children.
Weight lost was 5kg. I was so unhappy with my figure that I couldn't bear measuring myself. I wish I had done that now and maybe more emphasis could be made of that when you recommend it in the programme. I just assumed the scales would tell the story and I wish I'd have really realised that the measurements were going to give a much truer picture.

Maddy Menezes

United States

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