Transformation Tuesday – Rossana Conde-Colon
We couldn’t be more impressed with the tremendous progress Roxy has made in the last year! Despite suffering with Ulcerative Colitis, Roxy has made flexible eating a sustainable way of life. She’s dropped over 20 lbs.
and has transformed her body composition by following our simple program. Read on to find out how Roxy has become a rockstar of nutrition following the Own Your Eating lifestyle.
When did you start Flexible Eating?
What prompted you to get started?
Randy came back from his CrossFit Level 1 all excited and was telling me about this Jason guy and how he could eat whatever he wanted as long as it fit his macros and how he was super shredded. Even though I was doing the Zone diet at the time I with Randy I didn’t really know what macros were. I could stick with the Zone from Monday to Thursday but, then the weekend would come and I would pig out on all the things I enjoyed (sweet treats and such) and feel guilty about it. The restrictiveness of the diet just didn’t suit my lifestyle so I thought why not try something new?!
What changes have you noticed in your body?
When I started Flexible Eating, I weighed around 161lbs and I had just started working out again at CrossFit Mousetrap after a 1-year hiatus due to my
medical condition (Ulcerative Colitis). Slowly but surely, as I got a hang of
this macro thing and continued to work out, I started to see the number on the scale go down, my body measurements changed, clothes had a better fit and I could see the change in the mirror as well. That’s when I knew I had found something that I could stick to as I never felt deprived. I also got a 6-pack while I was at it! Not to mention, I got stronger, had more energy, my lifts went up, my times were faster at the box and I was much happier with my diet.
What has been your biggest obstacle that you have overcome or are working on?
The biggest obstacle I overcame was the depression I suffered after being hospitalized for 3 months for severe Ulcerative Colitis back in 2014. UC causes inflammation of the colon, which causes bleeding which can also cause anemia. I was on all kinds of meds and was unable to work out – even going up the stairs at home made me winded! Working out was my therapy but I could barely sustain walking before getting overtired. My lowest weight after being in the hospital was 125lbs I went in weighing 150lbs. I ended up ballooning up to 175lbs due to the meds, diet and not being able to work out. It was the heaviest I’d ever been and I was very unhappy with the way I looked. I started the Zone diet to get myself back on track and to try to reduce the inflammation but it simply wasn’t sustainable for me and didn’t help my mindset or relationship with food. Flexible eating has changed my nutrition habits entirely. I no longer feel guilty including sweet treats as a part of my daily diet. I just plan them in to my day and don’t give it a second thought!
What’s one piece of advice you would give someone that is just getting started?
I’ve tried all the diets out there. Flexible Eating is not another “diet”, it’s a lifestyle. Give it a shot, what have you got to lose?