TKN Challenger - Alyssa M.
How to Transform Your Body and Mind
Learn How Nurse Alyssa M. Went From Uncomfortable In Clothing and In Pain to Feeling Amazing in a Bathing Suit and Pain Free With TKN.
What Is Your Name?
What is your occupation?
I am a nurse! I work in a pediatric cardiac ICU and take care of babies and children with congenital and acquired cardiac defects.
How was your body before Trevor Kashey Nutrition?
Before TKN, my body was fluffy and I felt pudgy and uncomfortable in any clothing that wasn’t baggy and oversized! My back was hurting, my Achilles and feet were always hurting, and I was beginning to not be able to do all the physical activity and sports that I enjoy because I was getting fatter.
How did that (state of being) make you feel?
I was sad a lot of the time. I wanted my body to look, feel and be able to perform a certain way. I was getting further and further away from where I wanted to be. It was depressing and I had been struggling with this for years before TKN.
What were you unable to do that you wished you could do?
I wanted to be able to feel good and look good in clothing that complemented my body rather than hid it. I wanted to be able to play soccer without pain and be a faster runner. I enjoy ALL the physical activities, and I wanted to be better and faster and stronger. Food was my way of coping with stress, boredom, and being sad about how my body felt and looked, Which is a vicious cycle. I wanted to be able to manage my emotions and behavior without turning to food for comfort.
During that time, how did your current state of being affect those around you?
I felt terrible all the time about my body and about myself. I was a big brat to the people closest to me, mainly Brent. He is a really good sport. I hid the way I felt about myself from most people though, but my close friends know how much this issue has bothered me and how much TKN means to me at this point.
How did you hear about Trevor Kashey Nutrition?
A long time ago my friend Chris was a client of Dr. Kashey. That was my first introduction and I thought it was amazing the progress he was making. Some time went by and I started listening to Dr. Kashey’s Coffee with Kashey videos in The Best Nutrition Group Ever on facebook. I freaking love these videos and I started applying some of the things I learned in the videos to my life and it was helping me. I also reached out to Dr. Kashey about a personal matter and he gave me a response that I didn’t except, but it was the best. It meant a lot to me that he cared to have a conversation with me too. After the conversation I reflected on how much stress and pressure I place on myself in all areas of my life, and I wanted to learn how to do better, feel better, and be better. So I started TKN and it has honestly been probably one of the best decision I have made for myself.
What were your doubts and fears before starting the program?
I was afraid to fail. I was afraid that this was going to be the same as all the other times I tried and failed. I’m so glad I started anyway and invested in myself, because the skills I have learned have truly helped me in so many areas of my life.
What made you say YES anyways?
I hated the way I treated myself and talked to myself in relation to food and how I used food to distract myself and cope with all the things I don’t like. I wanted to learn how to manage my stress, manage my emotions, control my behavior, and learn the skills to just be the best me I can. I hated my body, but I also knew that it was more than that… the way I felt about myself on the inside and the way I treated myself too. I felt like my eating behaviors held me back from doing all the things I wanted to do and feeling the way I wanted to feel, and I was SURE that the psychological tools I might learn would actually help me. I was tired of feeling like shit and getting fatter and I wanted to do something about it.
Where is your body/mind now?
How does that make you feel?
I’m happy to be on this journey. It is not easy, but I feel so much better knowing that I am changing and this is something that I can control. It truly is about the journey and not the destination and I am improving every day. The physical change is there, but it is the mental change and realizations that I have made that truly make me feel so happy that I started TKN.
What are you able to do now that you were not able to do before?
I run once a week, and every week I am faster. it is CRAZY. My back doesn’t hurt anymore!! My achilles have been giving me issues for a couple years now and they are getting so much better. I am able to be in a room full of people with lots of snacks and not gorge myself. I am able to be at the lake, enjoy myself, feel amazing in a bathing suit, even have a few drinks if I want, and still feel good at the end of the day. I am able to wake up after a day like this and still feel amazing about myself and still be making progress.
What positive impact did that have on others around you that you might not have expected?
I have learned that I can be in an environment and I can INFLUENCE it, rather than it solely influence me! Being in a room full of snacks and deserts is not an excuse to eat everything in sight. I am in control of my behavior and actions! The environment and other people are not forcing me to do anything I don’t want to do, and therefor it is my responsibility what goes in my mouth, and that is hard sometimes, but I am the one who decides what I am going to do. I have the influence too.
What would you tell someone who is reading this right now and is unsure about taking the next step?
How likely are you to recommend TKN to a friend?
My body was fluffy and I felt pudgy and uncomfortable in any clothing that wasn't baggy and oversized! My back was hurting, my Achilles and feet were always hurting.
My body and mind is so much better. I feel amazing in a bathing suit. I run once a week, and every week I am faster. it is CRAZY. My back doesn't hurt anymore!!
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