Heather focused on workouts first — it was too overwhelming to think about changing her diet at the same time. Once she was hitting the gym three to four times a week, she focused more on nutrition, and the weight came off faster. Heather said, "I eat for two reasons: to fuel my body and to enjoy it. I. LOVE. FOOD. And changing my habits was one of the hardest things to do."
As a busy working mom, she ate out often, grabbing things on the go that weren't the healthiest. So her first step was to begin eating out less, and then she began watching her portion sizes. Then she focused on incorporating more lean proteins and ate less bread (but didn't cut it out completely). She chose more healthy snacks like berries and almonds instead of chips or sugary treats.
Heather shared, "Eventually, I ended up focusing on an 80/20 ratio. Eighty percent of the time I eat clean, 20 percent I enjoy life and indulge, if I want to. I love chips and french fries, chips and guac, doughnuts, and cupcakes. And I knew
if I cut out indulgences completely, I'd not only be unhappy, but I'd eventually binge." Allowing some meals where the focus wasn't on calories or carbs helped her stay on track the rest of the time.