7 Day Vegan Challenge

7 Day Vegan Challenge.... Hey there vegan-ish friends and wanna- bees!! 1-2 times a year I run a “7 Day Vegan Challenge” for those of you who are wanting to “explore” or “try” being vegan for a week!Hey there vegan-ish friends and wanna- bees!! 1-2 times a year I run a “7 Day Vegan Challenge” for those of you who are wanting to “explore” or “try” being vegan for a week!

I love this challenge because I think support and connection with others on the same path will get you better results than I had when I was working toward becoming vegan.

It actually took me about 10 years to become 100% plant-based and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Our support group has 7 different options for you to choose from so that your meal plan will fit into your goals, lifestyle, budget, etc.

Here are your options…

    Vegan on a Budget
      Vegan Soy Free
        Vegan Athlete Menu
          Vegan Body Building Menu
            Vegan Low Fat Menu
              Vegan Endurance Athlete Menu
                Vegan Weight Loss Menu (complete with shopping list)

              Please join us! Like I said it was a long process for me and I have learned a lot during the 10 years it took me and during the 3 years I have been vegan. I would love to be able to share my experiences to make yours easier and better.
              And you all are lucky because these days there are so many healthier, tastier, and convenient plant-based options than there were 10 years ago when I was attempting this!

              If you are already vegan and want to help me take my next step into eating more raw foods, I am always in need of accountability, inspiration, and motivation. I have been “trying” to go mostly raw for the past couple years and not been successful.
              I’m not ready to do all 7 days all raw, but during the challenge my goal is to only eat one cooked/processed meal each day and eat 90% whole foods the whole week.
              I am excited for us to take our nutrition and lives to the next level.

              Join us here…

              www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWeek

              And stay in touch here…

              www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com

              If you just need vegan recipes…
              www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg

              And if you want one recipe emailed to you weekly…

              www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/Newsletter

              See you there!

              Viva Vagan!!

Being Vegan is Easy!

Being vegan is easy..Haha! I say that now!! But compared to how hard it was when I first started on my journey, it is! The top 3 reasons people who want to become vegan tell me they “can’t” are cheese, traveling, and non-vegan families.Being vegan is easy..Haha! I say that now!! But compared to how hard it was when I first started on my journey, it is! The top 3 reasons people who want to become vegan tell me they “can’t” are cheese, traveling, and non-vegan families.

I have been working with a test group of 5 people who want to eat plant-based, but haven’t been able to do it on their own (mostly for the reasons I mentioned). I have been mentoring this group for a month now with great success! This is a 90 day individualized program where I create a custom plan for each person depending on their lifestyle, goals, families, budget, health/fitness goals, time restraints, likes, dislikes, etc.

So far, 1/3 of the way into the program, we have 100% success! I so wish I had this kind of help 10 years ago ☺

Let’s talk about these 3 deterrents…

CHEESE!

Geez! Everybody loves cheese. Trust me, I am one of them!! Cheese was the reason it took me 10 years to become a vegan. Not only do we love cheese, but we are physically and emotionally addicted to it. Check out the new book “The Cheese Trap” by Neal Barnard (#promo) for deets, but I 100% agree with everything he writes and know for a fact, I had both a physical and emotional addiction to cheese.

What made it easier for me was when non-dairy cheeses started coming out that felt and tasted like the real thing. When I started getting excited about the vegan cheeses, they would make me feel the same way as dairy cheese, and it was a game changer for me. I am working on an article reviewing a dozen vegan cheeses so watch for that!!!

Traveling.

I travel a LOT! In fact, I am writing this from Delta Airlines flight 1069 from Seattle to Kona. There is so much turbulence it’s insane so this is keeping my mind off of wanting to cry and puke at the same time!

For the most part I bring my own food (earlier on this flight I ate “reverse nachos” where I wrapped Chipotle flavored corn nuts in a piece of Follow Your Heart American “cheese”), but have found these days airports, truck stops, and most gas stations carry fruit, energy/protein bars, nuts, green juices, etc.

Here are my best vegan travel tips!

Family.

This is also valid AND hard to work with, but not impossible. In the case of having a partner, kids, etc who don’t want to eat plant-based, you have 2 options.

One, you can make yourself a completely different meal than the rest of the family (I did this for years as the only vegetarian kid in a meat-eating family) or two, you can make meals where you can add or not add meat (like chicken salad with or without chicken, taco bar with lots of different choices for toppings, spaghetti with marinara with the meatballs on the side, etc).

These are some of this issues I have been helping my clients through over the past month. I would love to hear what other issues you are struggling with so I can address some of those and help you get to where you want to be in your journey toward a life with more plants!

If you want to join the next round of THE VEG CLUB coaching, I am accepting new clients beginning the first week of next month. Email me at coachsmith@usa.com with subject THE VEG CLUB for an application or text me 970-214-7745 for more info.

You can also join the Veg Club here…

www.JoinTheVegClub.com

For vegan recipes…

www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg

For quick and easy vegan meals and snack ideas…

www.Instagram.com/ThrowTogetherVegan
www.YouTube.com/VeganDivaKir
www.Facebook.com/JoinTheVegClub

See you there!

I am a Plant Powered Athlete

I am a Plant Powered Athlete | Vegan Vegetarian TriathlonI have been a vegetarian for the past 36 years, a vegan for the past 3 years, and an athlete my entire life.

Since becoming a vegan 3 years ago and finally giving up dairy, I have gotten stronger and faster as an athlete. I recover more quickly so I can train more, I don’t have the GI problems I used to have while training and racing, and I have lost weight, have overall more energy, and am more focused on being a triathlete.

Last week I had a friend who I have known for about 5 years ask me to coach her in triathlon and nutrition for her first ironman. She told me she was interested in being more plant-based but is worried that giving up meat while training for an ironman wouldn’t give her enough strength and energy to get through training.

This baffled me because since I have been vegetarian, I have completed 13 ironman distance triathlons AND since becoming vegan, I have completed 2, both of which I PRd and one of which I qualified for the Ironman World Championships. In addition to those accomplishments, as a vegan I have completed 7 marathons in 7 days, I am on day 646 of a bike streak, I have completed a 10K lake swim, and I have PRd in every distance run from 5K to marathon.

So in case anyone else out there was wondering if you can become a successful endurance athlete as a vegan, the answer is YES! I can tell you WITHOUT A DOUBT that becoming 100% vegan has helped me in all areas of my life, especially in my sport.

My goal now is to incorporate more raw foods into my nutrition plan as I feel like this will take my training and racing to the next level. I have been working toward this for the past 2 years and I have my good days/weeks/months and my bad ones…like everything! Baby steps right?!

If you are wondering if you will get enough calories training for an endurance race, feel free to follow me on myfitnesspal. My username is RealResultsRock, to check out my calories, protein etc.

Just as an example, today I ate 4,293 calories (more than I had wanted, I had a little anxiety PB&Jx4 binge this morning) with 108 grams of protein. My goal is around 3,000 calories with 65 grams of protein, which I always reach with no problem. In fact, I have to limit what I eat as I don’t want to make over 4,000 a habit and gain weight.

Join the Veg Club to get custom meal plans and have access to me daily…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheVegClub

If you want to eat plant-based, I have a 7 Day Vegan Challenge here…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWeek

A group with thousands of recipes here…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg

How to transition to a plant-based diet…
http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/transition-to-a-plant-based-diet-with-ease

And an awesome supportive community here…
https://www.facebook.com/FoodFitnessFinanceFun

I often post my meals here…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/RealResultsROCK

And you can reach out to me ANYTIME with questions!!!!

See you SOON!

Baby Steps: Love Yourself More

Baby Steps Love Yourself MoreI have “struggled” with disorder eating and weight/body issues my entire life. Maybe not in the way many of you have, but in a negative way where I was in a cycle I never thought I would get out of.

Over-eating and restricting with intense thoughts of hopelessness, weakness, worthlessness, and self-hatred woven in Every. Single. Day!

I have worked on it like it was my full-time job for the past 8 years and looking at a “Facebook memory” last week reminded me how far I have come in the past 2 years!

I only think about food like 60% of my day, I only dislike my body like 20% of the time, when I binge I gently reduce my calories over several days eating mostly fruits, veggies, and Shakeology® to keep my nutrients up, and I stick almost 100% of the time to my training plan as an athlete no matter how many extra calories I consumed that day. I don’t use exercise to burn excess calories and I train and rest my body as a competitive athlete instead of an obsessed girl desperately trying to lose weight.

I wanted to share my thoughts today to give you hope if you feel hopeless in your quest for unconditional self-love and acceptance like I had so many times in my life. For 20 years I didn’t think I had a problem and I spent the next 10 feeling like I would have this “problem” forever.

I see light at the end of the tunnel. I now see that I can love and nourish my body by caring for it and being gentle with my soul. I don’t need to be rough and abrasive and demanding in order to get to a place where I can feel good about myself and my body.

Thanks for supporting me in my journey!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
– Buddha

#lovehealsall

Need a little support and compassion?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoveYourselfMore

Want to surround yourself with love daily?

https://www.facebook.com/KirstenMcCaySmith

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

See you soon!

Daily Dose of Hope

Daily Dose of Hope... I have "struggled" with disorder eating and weight/body issues my entire life. Maybe not in the way many of you have, but in a negative way where I was in a cycle I never thought I would get out of. I have “struggled” with disorder eating and weight/body issues my entire life.

Maybe not in the way many of you have, but in a negative way where I was in a cycle I never thought I would get out of. Over-eating and restricting with intense thoughts of hopelessness, weakness, worthlessness, and self-hatred woven in…

Every. Single. Day!

I have worked on it like it was my full-time job for the past 8 years and looking at a “Facebook memory” last week reminded me how far I have come in the past 2 years!

I only think about food like 60% of my day, I only dislike my body like 20% of the time, when I binge I gently reduce my calories over several days eating mostly fruits, veggies, and Shakeology® to keep my nutrients up, and I stick almost 100% of the time to my training plan as an athlete no matter how many extra calories I consumed that day.

I don’t use exercise to burn excess calories and I train and rest my body as a competitive athlete instead of an obsessed girl desperately trying to lose weight.

I wanted to share my thoughts today to give you hope if you feel hopeless in your quest for unconditional self-love and acceptance like I had so many times in my life. For 20 years I didn’t think I had a problem and I spent the next 10 feeling like I would have this “problem” forever.

I see light at the end of the tunnel. I now see that I can love and nourish my body by caring for it and being gentle with my soul. I don’t need to be rough and abrasive and demanding in order to get to a place where I can feel good about myself and my body.
Thanks for supporting me in my journey!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

#lovehealsall

Need a little support and compassion?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoveYourselfMore

Want to surround yourself with love daily?

https://www.facebook.com/KirstenMcCaySmith

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

See you soon!

How I Started Eating Mostly Raw Foods

How I Started Eating Mostly Raw Foods - I have been saying for the past 5 years I have been wanting to eat more raw. If you have been reading my blog posts over the past 3 years, you will see me intermittently post how I started “Raw Monday” or “Raw Wednesday”, but I never maintain it for more than a few months.I have been saying for the past 5 years I have been wanting to eat more raw. If you have been reading my blog posts over the past 3 years, you will see me intermittently post how I started “Raw Monday” or “Raw Wednesday”, but I never maintain it for more than a few months.

In January, as I was setting my 2017 goals and for the 3rd year in a row, I wrote down “Eat more raw”.

As soon as I wrote it, I started wondering why this was so hard for me. I believe in what eating more raw foods will do for me mentally and physically. I love almost all fruits and veggies and nuts.

I looked at my daily meal plans and realized I wasn’t buying many raw foods from the grocery store. Why not? I have no idea. My friend, Wendy, who is my voice of reason, suddenly sounded in my head (or I may have been talking to myself) “If you want to eat more raw, why don’t you just eat more raw?” It seemed TOO simple, but I started! And over the past 2 months, I have eaten more raw than not, and as expected, I feel amazing. My body, mind, and soul have completely responded to my new “mostly raw” lifestyle.

This made me wonder why we don’t do the things we know are best for us, that will make us feel good, that will bring us joy or make us happier, healthier, wealthier, etc.

I think it’s one of two things…

  1. It’s too easy NOT to do these things. We get comfortable being comfortable. We aren’t willing to go that little extra step outside our comfort zone to risk possibly being better…of course with no guarantee. We aren’t willing to give up the good to go for the great!
  2. We are stuck in a habit. I was in the habit of eating Daiya Foods Vegan Cheezy Mac (yum) after a long workout. I was used to stopping at Del Taco for a bean and rice burrito (or four) after a race. I was in the habit of eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy P.B. & Cookies Ice Cream on Friday afternoons. I was in the habit of eating popcorn at the movie theater. So it never even occurred to me to trade any of these old habits out for new habits that serve me better and move me more toward my ultimate life/health goals.

So next time you are looking at a goal you have (or have had for years or decades) that you aren’t getting anywhere with, ask yourself if it could be one of these two things holding you back. Awareness is the key to change. As soon as I made myself aware that I “wanted” to eat more raw but wasn’t’ really taking the actual steps to “eating” more raw, everything changed. And it actually WAS simple! And easy. And beneficial. And exactly what I needed! Of course I already knew that.

Just Do It.

And in case you missed what I think was the most important sentence of this entire post, I will repeat it…

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great!

And if you started reading this article to learn how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, here are my top 3 tips…

  1. Keep it simple. I tried to make it too expensive and complicated at first by following 3-4 new recipes a day. Now I primarily eat fruits, veggies, and nuts. Just plain. Simple.
  2. Start with one meal a day, not a whole “Raw Wednesday”. I made the mistake of designating an entire day. Now I know I do better just a meal at a time. So that way if I love a certain food each day, like Shakeology, I can still drink it every day. It throws me off when I miss a whole day.
  3. Baby steps. Like always in my life. When I started actually having success with this, it’s when I slowed down and took baby steps. I started replacing one snack a day with fruit, veggie, or nuts. And kept everything else the same. I eased into it by taking out the “chickn” from my vegan Caesar salad but kept the “cheese”. Little changes add up to big changes…ALWAYS!

And above all, like anything, be patient, forgiving, and gentle with yourself.

You’re making these changes to better yourself, not to beat yourself up when you make a mistake. And PS…you WILL make mistakes.

Love yourself more.

See you soon!

Food For Thought

Food For Thought - God damn food! It's such a blessing and such a curse. A necessary evil that brings so much joy!God damn food! It’s such a blessing and such a curse. A necessary evil that brings so much joy!

I think about food WAY more than I want to. It’s a habit I have had for over 30 years. I used to love thinking about food all the time. Planning what I would eat, calculating the exact amount of working out I needed to do in order to eat whatever I wanted, coming up with creative ways to trick my brain into thinking I was eating enough or too much or something healthy or something forbidden.

But now it’s more of a burden. Now I want to free up my mind for more productive thoughts: to plan new things. Maybe new adventures, business strategies, life purposes, visions, or to cultivate more self love and give more to others. And only obsess about which nutrients I need to eat to give me the most energy, make me the best athlete, and make me feel joy every time I put something into my mouth.

Don’t get me wrong, I have come a LONG way!! My food thoughts have gone from occupying 90% of my day to 40%. I’m grateful for the work I have done and e guidance and support I have been given, but now I want more (or less depending on how I look at it). I want food to be a quick decision when I am physically hungry, need to recover from a workout, or need a quick pick me up to get me through whatever else I am focusing all my time, energy, and effort on in that moment.

I am ready to let go of the habit of thinking about food more than what is necessary for me to reach my goals in my business, fitness, personal growth, and life.

I am ready to let go of whatever served me IN THE PAST when I first developed this habit as a child. I am 44 years old now and this pattern no longer serves me.

I’m open to what comes next.

#hopeful

#ihavethepowertochoosemystory

#unconditionalselflove

#lifegoals

These were my thoughts during a 4 hour bike ride at the gym.

#thisiswhathappenswheniletmymindrunfree

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Hang w me on facebook…

www.Facebook.com/groups/RealResultsRock

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What’s The Difference Between Vegetarian and Vegan?

What’s The Difference Between Vegetarian and Vegan?Over the past week I have had 2 people ask me what the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan was. I figured there must be other people out there who don’t know the difference, so here it is!

Before I share the difference, I just want to put out there that I know there are several specific types of vegetarians, as some will eat fish or even poultry, but I’m going by the definitions I know to be true for myself.

A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat any meat or meat by-products. This includes all meats such as beef, pork, chicken, veal, etc where an animal is killed and its meat is eaten. Most vegetarians still eat eggs and dairy, but won’t eat things like gelatin and other products made directly from animal parts.

A vegan is someone who eats no animal products at all. No eggs, dairy, or meat. Most vegans also get to the place where they don’t wear leather, wool, angora, fur, ivory, or any other parts of an animal whether the animal was killed for that sole purpose or not.

Because dairy and eggs are so rampant in North America, and cheese is so addictive, there are far fewer vegans than vegetarians. Plus many vegetarians can see the harm in killing an animal for food, but not in taking its eggs or milk.

The name “vegan” came from the founder of the Vegan Society in 1944 as a statement against vegetarians who ate dairy products. He took the first and last letters of the word vegetarian to create his orthodox version of vegetarianism (blog.dictionary.com/veganism).

There are lots of great resources out there these days to help educate you on both veganism and vegetarianism.

Netflix has several documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Food Choices, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Vegucated, Food Matters, Cowspiracy, and Live And Let Live.

There are also many great books about the subject, my faves being Skinny Bitch, Thug Kitchen, Meat Is For Pussies, and Main Street Vegan. #promo

My favorite podcast that often goes into depth on plant-based eating is the Rich Roll Podcast.

I’m sure there are many other amazing resources out there (please share if you have one you love) as when I googled “veganism” over 298,000,000 results came up!

I have written several articles about my LONG journey from vegetarianism to veganism, here are the most popular ones…

How My Hubby Kept Me From Being Vegan for Years

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/how-my-hubby-kept-me-from-being-vegan-for-years

Vegan…FINALLY!!

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/vegan-finally

3 Easy Ways to Start Eating Vegan

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/3-easy-ways-to-start-eating-vegan

My Favorite Vegan Meals

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/my-favorite-vegan-meals

Tips for Eating Vegan on the Road

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/tips-for-eating-vegan-on-the-road

If you are looking for recipes, I have thousands in my I HEART VEGAN RECIPES facebook group…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg

And if you are ready to go 7 days vegan, I have a challenge group complete with 7 different meal plans to fit your lifestyle…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWeek

See you on the VEG side!

Transition to a Plant-Based Diet with Ease

Transition To A Plant Based Diet With EaseOver the past 2 weeks, I have had several people ask me for help transitioning to a vegan or vegan-ish diet. I do offer custom meal plans based on your likes, needs, time availability, and financial status, but not everyone wants to pay for a specific meal plan just yet.

For those of you just dabbling or want free resources, here is a list of articles I have written and other resources that will help you!

If you want a custom 7 or 30 day meal plan…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FitnessDivaKir

If you want to join The Veg Club (membership includes custom meals, new recipes weekly, constant communication with me, and a supportive community of like-minded, plant-based people…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheVegClub

Hundreds of vegan recipes…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7DayVeg

7 different 7 day vegan meal plans…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWeek

Tips for Eating Vegan on the Road

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/tips-for-eating-vegan-on-the-road

5 Vegan Breakfasts in 5 Minutes or Less

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/5-vegan-breakfasts-in-5-minutes-or-less-2

Vegan…FINALLY!!

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/vegan-finally

3 Easy Ways to Start Eating Vegan

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/3-easy-ways-to-start-eating-vegan

Throw-Together Vegan Recipes

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/the-throw-together-vegan

My Favorite Vegan Meals

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/my-favorite-vegan-meals

How My Hubby Kept Me From Being Vegan for Years
http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/how-my-hubby-kept-me-from-being-vegan-for-years

3 Easy Steps to Eating the Way You Want to Eat

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/3-easy-steps-to-eating-the-way-you-want-to-eat

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/where-do-you-get-your-protein

Progress not Perfection…PHEW!!

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/food/progress-not-perfectionphew

Weekly Easy Vegan Recipe…

http://www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Newsletter

I hope these are helpful for you!!!

Reach out if you have any other questions along your journey toward a plant-based life.

See you SOON!

The Truth Behind My Weight Loss

The Truth Behind My Weight LossThis year I lost 10 pounds. I weigh the same as I did in Junior High. For the first time in over 30 years, I like the way I look and feel. In fact, other than a 6 month stupid Diet Mt Dew diet where I obviously didn’t lose weight in a healthy way, this is the lowest weight I have been at as an adult.

A lot of people think I lost the weight because I trained more or ate less than I have in the past, so I wanted to share how I really lost the weight.

Since turning 40, 4 years ago, I have made a lot of changes in my life. Starting in 2012 when I drastically cut down on dairy and gluten and had to give up a summer of racing after training for Ironman St. George and then breaking my collar bone 2 weeks before the race. For the first time in my life, I couldn’t use workouts to counteract my typically high caloric intake. I had to take a look at my portions and nutrients and make some changes.

This got me eating more fruits and veggies! Believe it or not, as a vegetarian and often vegan for the previous 32 years, I ate few fruits/veggies. Recovering from my collar bone break was also the first time I had to take a break from triathlon training and racing. I chose to take a break in 2008 and 2009, but this time it was not a choice. It fueled my determination to get back into it as soon as I was able!!

In 2013, I had my first amazing year of racing. I PRd my 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, and half iron distance triathlon. I trained more than I had ever trained before (and more than I trained this year) and as a result, placed 3rd in my age group in Ironman Lake Tahoe and earned a spot to the Ironman World Championships in Kona. In 2013 I trained very heavily while eating very heavily, but much much healthier than I ever had before. I was about 75% vegan and ate a ton of fruits, veggies, and superfoods daily. I felt amazing!

2014 was the year I was racing in Kona. Leading up to the race, I PRd my half marathon, marathon, and twice half ironman distance. I didn’t train as much as in 2013, but still had high volume. I was about 80% vegan and was even eating about half of my meals raw. Definitely the healthiest I have eaten to this point. I had a great season culminating in being a part of the Ironman in Kona on October 11, 2014. That day, during the race, I decided when I was done I would take a full year off the bike. I needed a break!

With no biking on the schedule for a year, I decided to make this my swim/run year. I ended up running 15 marathons, one was a PR and a Boston Qualifier, and swam almost 1,000,000 yards, including an open water 10K. It was also the first year I was 100% vegan for the entire year. I felt amazing and healthy and was recovering more quickly than I ever imagined. My time running and swimming definitely made up for my lack of cycling, and the bike break worked because I was excited to get back on the bike once my year was up!

That brings me to 2016. I had an amazing race season with several PRs including over an hour off my best ironman time in Ironman Boulder. I haven’t done as much overall mileage as 2013, but still trained about 20 hours a week and racing at least once every single week. I ended up doing over 50 races in 2016 and although I was 100% vegan all year again, I still struggled with portions and have to remind myself daily to eat more fruits and veggies.

I’m recapping the past 4 years to show you it hasn’t been my training or eating that has helped me lose 10 pounds this year. Only ONE thing is different this year from the past 4, and that is my hormones. I have been on some form of hormonal birth control since I was 18 years old. That means for 25 years I have had hormones pumping through my body.

On January 1, 2016, I decided to stop taking birth control. Within 2 months I could tell a difference in my body, physically and emotionally. And within 4 months I knew that stopping the birth control was making a difference in my energy level, mood, and weight. I would never take any hormonal birth control again.

Every woman has to do what is right for her own body and situation, I just wanted to share that this is what works for me. If someone I trusted would have told me this sooner, I would have stopped sooner, and possibly had less struggles with my weight over the past 20 years!

And if I haven’t told you lately, I am grateful you are part of my life!

Stay in touch! www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/newsletter

See you soon!