As a fitness professional for over 12 years,, I consider new fitness and health books mandatory reading. I read or skim most of the new "big releases" to stay educated for my team, my customers, my class members, and myself! Not only is this stuff what I live and breathe every day, it's my responsibility to stay on top of all the new health and fitness trends.
A couple of years ago, I read a book called The 8-Hour Diet. I liked the concept a lot....and was admittedly nervous to give it a go. The book challenged my long-held beliefs about nutrition. Yet the idea of eating in an 8 hour window was interesting. The theory of intermittent fasting had always fascinated me and I had actually implemented it unknowingly when trying to get back to pre-baby weight after each girl. Newborns cause life to get a little out of control, but I could control what I put in my mouth and how often I ate. So I would go long periods of time without eating, and it worked. But something about that seems a bit off, doesn't it?? Because we've been told over and over and over that we MUST eat breakfast and we MUST eat every 3 hours and we MUST do this and we MUST do that.
Then recently, my good friend Melissa McAllister shared her secret to her amazing physique. While speaking on Chalene Johnson's absolutely awesome new podcasts, Melissa went into detail about eating within the 8 hour window, the science behind it, and the results that could be achieved. Seriously, take a look at Melissa....yeah, I think the 8 hour Ab Diet she has perfected works, don't you??
So with Melissa's patient coaching (translation: me sending her a text in all caps
"I AM HANGRY!", and her coaching me through it, helping me establish new habits and understand the process behind the 8 Hour Ab Diet), I have stuck with this new way of eating for over 8 weeks now. Yes, there have been a couple days when I've been off...yet I have even surprised myself with how setting firm boundaries really creates a non-negotiable time frame.
Some of you have seen me post about my digestive issues. Basically, I have a colon that doesn't work very well. Melissa's 8 Hour Ab Diet has truly made a HUGE difference in how my system functions. I feel better, I have more energy in the morning, I feel clear-headed, I definitely have less bloating and less digestive issues. All from this way of eating and thanks to Melissa's mentoring.
As I said earlier, I live and breathe health and fitness. Yet that doesn't mean I ever stop being a student!!! And as someone once said to me, our bodies are our best experiment. Because I trust Melissa, I trusted her recommendations, her process. I trusted the fact there is always something new to learn and I trusted my body to tell me if this way of eating would work for me.
SO MUCH of our health and fitness is mental. As I've transitioned to Melissa's program, there have been times when I thought "should" be eating or that I was sooooooo hungry that I might eat my computer. But so much of that is mental. The cool part is, when we KNOW it's mental, we can flip the switch!! We are in control of our thoughts, our attitudes, and our habits!! We CAN create and establish new habits. We ARE stronger than we think we are!
Bottom line....Melissa's patience, mentoring, and recommendations work for me. Her 8 Hour Ab Diet works for me. My digestive system feels better, I feel leaner, and more in control of my nutrition.
Trust the experts in your life. Trust that new processes take time (in anything in life). Trust that we can always learn something new! Trust that your body is your best experiment. Trust that constant learning is key to constant growth! Trust that surrounding yourself with people who inspire you and push you is essential!
Thanks, Melissa, for pushing me to stick with this!! I'm a lifer
Married to a college football coach, 3 daughters, Beachbody Master Trainer and Coach, Disney fanatic, aspire to inspire, serve others, and be a force of passion. Meet Julie!