Congratulations to Adele Vigneau for completing her first 12 weeks of the TCL Nutrition Program. So proud of what you’ve accomplished Adele. Your transformation and story are inspirational to many! Keep up the good work in Phase 2!
In late 2015 I was feeling great physically and mentally. I was eating right and PR’ing at the gym. Then I tore my rotator cuff and had it repaired in November 2015. I had every intention of getting right back to the gym, making good food choices and staying healthy. Well that didn’t happen. Instead of going back a few weeks post-op like I planned, I didn’t. This spiraled into months. When I finally did go back, I didn’t realize that not being able to do what everyone else was doing at CrossFit was going to affect me negatively. I was annoyed that I couldn’t lift, run (well I hate running anyway!) or attempt a pull-up like everyone else. I felt alone, even though I was 100% not alone. I started to get depressed, but hid it very well. Then I started making excuses…”my shoulder isn’t healed yet, I should rest it”. Well the REST of my body worked, but I didn’t care.
I tried different ways of eating, like Paleo, programs where you drink shakes instead of meals, and as went as far as to try an all alkaline diet. These are all great programs; I just couldn’t STICK with it. I can’t be restricted – if you tell me I cannot have something that is all I want. This yo-yoing went on for months and my weight peaked to an all-time high in July of 2016.
In August of 2016 I finally got out of my funk and started to track my calories in MyFitnessPal. I had no idea how to factor in macros and just tried cutting calories. This worked great at first. I lost 10 lbs in 2.5 months – but I still didn’t feel good. I was still bloated, I had really bad heartburn (like all the time), my skin was super dry and red, and my clothes were still super tight. I was back at the gym, but sucking wind big time! That is when I heard about TCL. The macro thing didn’t really intrigue me, it was the accountability that did.
I started TCL 25 pounds from my goal weight. I have to say, it was not easy. There were many times I did not want to keep going and would have a bad day…even days…but I always had the TCL coaches and group to turn to and they would help me get back on track. My macros changed each week, which kept me motivated to keep finding new things to eat to “fit my macros”.
As of today I am down 13.6 pounds from TCL – but that isn’t the best part. I feel great physically and mentally. I don’t feel sluggish all day long, my mental fog is gone. I have gone down 2.5 sizes (I say that b/c the size I am in now is very loose and I need to probably go down one more size!).
I’ve seen progress at the gym – even pre-surgery I could not overhead squat more than 55 lbs – I did this lift a few weeks ago at 85 lbs! I amazed myself by completing 100 burpees in 10 minutes. I would have been lucky to finish that in 15 minutes 6 months ago. I am soooo close to getting dead hang pull-ups and know that will happen during the next twelve weeks of TCL!
I want to add that I had two weddings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years as obstacles!!! First time in many years I have lost weight instead of gained…there is never a good time to start, you just need to start.
It takes commitment and dedication to weigh and measure everything that goes into your mouth – but it works #trusttheprocess. The most important lesson I learned doing this program is that if you have a bad day, you have a bad day – move on. The old me would have kept that train wreck going….the new me turns to my TCL family and moves on!