I’m the “Normal” One

So you were able to read about how awesome Nate is (which is true, he is that good at what he does). If you follow his advice you will really get to where you want to go with regard to your physique goals. It won’t be easy, but it will work. How do I know? I’ve lived it. The good, the bad, the fat, and the fit.

When I met Nate I probably had some of the worst eating habits you can imagine. How bad? Try Starbucks White Chocolate Mochas with a bag of Parmesan Goldfish for breakfast, pizza with a Mountain Dew for lunch, Doritos and a Snickers bar for an afternoon snack, and cereal for dinner. I’m not kidding about that, and yes, it’s disgusting. I exercised because I liked it and it helped me keep my body from ballooning up with all the junk I ate….well that, and my still-pretty-young metabolism.

Nate never forced me to change my ways, but after a while it was hard not to be influenced by his healthy habits. I started eating real meals and cut out the sugary drinks. I still enjoyed my share of bad food, especially at parties, and upped my workouts to “compensate”. I was able to lose and maintain weight as long as I kept the workouts high and frequent; but as soon as I fell off that wagon, the flab crept back on. I didn’t feel like a “yo-yo dieter” since I didn’t really diet, and I typically stayed within about 5 pounds of my normal weight. But I was an all-or-nothing kind of girl…either full force with 1.5 hour workouts, or sitting on my expanding butt for weeks at a time.

Then one day I started to pay attention, REAL attention to what Nate said, and the science behind his recommendations. Little by little I began integrating them into my own life. When I applied myself I realized, hey, this isn’t that bad at all! Fairly quickly, those around me started to notice the changes in my body. When they asked what I was doing, I simply said “whatever Nate tells me to do.” Many of them balked that they couldn’t possibly eat the way he does (so clean). My response? If I can do it (see above horrible eating), so can you.

When speaking to friends and family, I found myself translating what Nate did as a bodybuilder and physique competitor – which was the basis of the plan he prescribed for me – into language and tips that non-competitors (a.k.a. “Normal People”) can apply in their own lives. I enjoyed making the steps seem more realistic, and hearing how people were using them in their own way and getting results. It made Nate and me so happy to be helping those we know and love feel better about themselves and their health!

The more we talked about it, we realized that it’s not just WHAT people do, but HOW and WHY they do it that matters. I think we all know what we should and shouldn’t eat to improve our health and physique. It’s the practical application, actually DOING IT, making these concepts click, become a habit, and stick, that is difficult. And that’s why I’m here.

In addition to sharing my personal experiences, I’ll discuss the psychological factors associated with making changes to your diet and exercise habits (my parents will be thrilled I’m finally making use of my degrees). While the goal is to make these changes a permanent part of your life, let’s face it: change is hard. However, by being mindful of the process and the choices you make, you’ll find that you can go further than you ever thought possible!