Fuel Kavod Member Highlight - Teresa Mallonee
Teresa has an incredible Fuel story. Her experience has changed her mindset and view of herself completely. I think so many women can relate to Teresa’s words, and I believe her words can change someones life.
Teresa has been so consistent with her health and fitness journey, even with unrelated health problems trying to drag her down. She could have easily given up, through in the towel, and no one would have blamed her for it! She has had multiple surgeries in the past year, and she has came back stronger each time. Teresa was persistent when she started, but now I don’t think there is anything that could hold her down. She is gonna get what she wants! I am thrilled I get to see her achieve it!
- What was the problem you were having before your signed up for Fuel Kavod nutrition coaching?
“Hmm…. where to start…. Essentially, I was terribly overweight, out of shape, unhappy and frustrated with efforts to shape up. And, I am not getting any younger so things change and losing weight is more difficult than when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Plus, my doctor had pretty much told me he was concerned that all of my numbers were going in the wrong direction. I had recently left a job in Asheville that had me working long hours and sitting for long portions of the day. It didn’t really allow for breaks or even lunch on lots of days so my food consumption was atrocious and exercise just didn’t happen. We had also been traveling back and forth to Asheville regularly every weekend to help care for Chuck’s Mom before she passed. Basically, I was a heart attack waiting to happen.”
- Take us to the moment when you realized our nutrition program was actually going to solve your problem.
“I started Fuel Kavod the end of May 2018 and I was ready to make some changes. Heather is the perfect nutrition coach for me – not just because she knows her stuff, but because we have some similar paths and she knows how I will react to things before they happen. She gives me lots of warning and keeps me from panicking about blips in the road. And, when I do panic, she is always calm and reassuring and most importantly, right on target with her advice and plan. There hasn’t been one time that I realized that this was going to work for me – there have been many and at least three in the last 2-3 months.
Late 2018 and early 2019 where particularly challenging for me. I had made really good progress with Fuel and I was thrilled. I had a goal for May 2019 and it looked like I was going to be able to make it. Between December 2018 and March 2019 I ended up having four different surgeries. I got sick the end of November 2018 and really didn’t get back to feeling myself until about April 15, 2019. However, during those 4 months, I managed to gain no more than 5 pounds and I was able to work out at Kavod with modified workouts. (Thank you, Alex!) Heather worked with me on nutrition allowing for the fact that I wasn’t as active, but my body needed nutrients to heal. I was released from the Doctor on April 4 to return to full activity. I weighed exactly .6 pounds more in April than in November. That was the first time I realized that this was the plan for me.
The second time was a little more profound. I felt like I needed to refocus on a new goal since my health had sort of derailed my goal for May 2019. I made it a point to make a list of the reasons I needed to continue to lose weight and work on myself so I could create a new goal. I didn’t do the list all at once, but rather over a period of about 10 days. Any time something would occur to me, I would add it to the list. After about 10 days, I decided to review the list and make that all important goal – I like having goals! 😊 What struck me about my list is that unlike previous goals, including that original May 2019 goal, the goals were always about looking a certain way, wearing a certain outfit or appearing in some sort of event. My new goals, and there were more than 10, looked very different. Not a single one was about how I looked – they were all about what I could do!! I want to be able to do a pull up – run faster – do a Spartan Trifecta with Chuck – get in and out of my kayak easier and paddle longer - stay out of the hospital– things like that. Not a single goal was about a dress or a swimsuit or looking a certain way for a one-time photo. And I realized that I had been making the wrong goals all my life. The goals needed to be about things that enhanced my quality of life and not a moment in time….and when I chose the new goals, then there is always continuous improvement and not a static stop.
The last realization happened with in the last two weeks. Heather had upped my macros as we have been trying to get my body to understand that the rut I was in when I was sick was over. She increased my macros fairly dramatically with the expectation that I would gain some weight and then we would begin again. I was onboard with that and everything she has tried has worked for me. As timing would have it, we were scheduled to take a family vacation the second week of the higher numbers. Heather told me not to track my macros, but not to go crazy and to enjoy my vacation. So, I did just that. I pretty much ate as usual for breakfast and lunch, but dinner was different than usual (mostly seafood) and I had several adult beverages on the beach late in the afternoon. I did my burpees every day and I walked on the beach, rode my bike and things like that. I didn’t take a scale, but waited to weigh when I returned home. Total weight gained -- .6 pounds!! I couldn’t believe it! And, I did my first Murph on Monday after coming back from the beach on Saturday night and while it was hard, I didn’t die. I never felt deprived or left out on vacation. I enjoyed the trip in ways I haven’t in years. I was active and happy and I was again reminded that I can absolutely do this when I remember that food is for helping my body to the things I want it to do. Events can be a reward in ways that are so much better than ice cream!!”
- Tell us what life looks like now that your problem is solved, or is being solved.
“I am still working on it…and I now understand that I will always be working on it. I also am able to be happy right now where I am even if it is not where I ultimately want to be. That is HUGE!!! I can work out and finish and even do an occasional RX performance. I can run when I couldn’t before despite having run a good portion of my life. I am much stronger than ever before. I completed one Spartan Race in 2018 and I am scheduled to do three more this fall and winter. I am working to do a pullup before the end of the year. I even enjoy partner workouts with my husband on Saturdays – mostly! 😊
I know that I will always have to be aware of what I eat and why I eat. But now I understand why nutrition is so important and how protein works and why we try to limit some carbs and what are better carbs to choose and why we need fat. The list goes on. It doesn’t mean that I don’t get treats now and then or that I don’t take a break from tracking macros a day or two here or there, but it does mean that if I am committed to maintaining and keeping these changes, then my fear of being someone’s burden as I age, becomes less of a reality and is certainly more in my control barring something unforeseen. That is a big long-range goal.
So, as I begin year 2 with Fuel Kavod, I am keeping the following in mind. This is going to be the year that I can look at a photograph and be excited about where it was taken, who was there and what we did rather than how I look or how much I weighed. I don’t want to miss any more of those moments!”
Ok, I know I can’t be the only one crying 😅 That was an inspirational speech right there! Teresa has changed her life, her outlook on life and her happiness. We are so proud of you Teresa! Keep crushing your goals and changing your life.
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