This is not your typical transformation story. In the following testimony by my client Alaina, you will see how the damage caused by previous weight loss endeavors caused her to lose much more than a couple of pounds. She decided it was time for a different kind of transformation, and today she is happier and healthier than ever. Stay tuned for part 2! 🙂
“May 30, 2017. That’s the day I woke up and finally decided to do something about my health. And when
I say health, I don’t mean losing a few extra pounds and cutting out certain foods…I mean putting the
barbell down, the food scale away, and gaining a few pounds. In a sense, letting it all go.
At that point, it had been 5.5 years since I had a period. And for a healthy (or so I thought) female, that
wasn’t normal. When I started CrossFit in March 2012, I instantly fell in love. I had been an athlete all my
life (a large reason for this is because of the unhealthy relationship I had with my body) and so when I
stepped into the gym and picked up a barbell I knew I had found my “soul mate” as far as workouts
were concerned. At this time I was also introduced to the paleo diet. Unfortunately, I wasn’t taught the
proper way to eat this way so I ended up eating eggs, chicken, veggies and almond butter everyday…and
that was pretty much it. Five days a week I was going to swim practice in the morning, and doing
CrossFit after school in the afternoons. This combined with under fueling resulted in me losing a bunch
of weight, as well as my period.
When the human body recognizes it’s under a certain amount of stress it goes into flight or fight mode.
Well, my body recognized that it wasn’t being fueled properly for the amount of energy it was
expending and starting ridding itself of certain systems it didn’t need for survival, namely my
A few years later (2015) I started getting concerned about my lack of a monthly cycle a decided to start
seeking help. Initially I went to a women’s hospital where the doctor assured me this was normal and
prescribed me 3 months of birth control. Well, 3 months later with no period and 15 pounds of water
gained, I sought wisdom elsewhere. This time I went to a natural doctor who told me my body rejected
every single food under the sun and then put me a strict supplement plan. I obviously lost a ton of
weight very quickly because I was again, sticking to only certain “clean” foods.
At the time I didn’t realize it, but I was still putting my body under a huge amount of stress. Not just
physically, but mentally. The restriction in my diet eventually led to binge eating, which threw me into
this horrendous cycle of starve, binge, starve, binge, etc. What brought me out of the binge cycle was
following the diet templates of a now, very well-known company. I was no longer restricting the foods I
was eating, but how much I was eating. This was a completely foreign concept to me, but I work well
with structure and the cutting template helped. At this time I also took a step back from CrossFit and
started solely powerlifting, which I absolutely loved. My body responded in a way I never thought
possible. However, because I never addressed the initial issues I had with my body, I was again thrown
into a horrible cycle of binging on the weekends, and restricting during the week. A large reason for my
struggles is that I never took the time to learn how to properly fuel my body. I didn’t realize the damage
I was doing. By May 2017 I was eating between 900-1100 calories a day, and waking up at 4:15am for
my 2.5 hour lifting session. I was not in a good place.
So on May 30, 2017 I woke up at 4:15am and went out to the garage and got my lift in. I don’t know why but
it was after that lifting session I decided NO MORE. It was then that I started researching what I really
needed to do in order to get my period back. I didn’t even know where to start because I didn’t know
why my period was missing. However, it didn’t take long to find that I had developed secondary
Once I realized what was actually causing the problem, finding the solution was easy. Implementing that
however was much more difficult. I needed to lower the stress my body recognized that I was under.
This meant no more working out, eating like a normal person, and most likely gaining weight. Initially I
had a hard time wrapping my brain around what it was going to take, but I was ready and willing. So at
the beginning of June I switched my morning workout routine to solely walking. I tried to listen to my
body when it came to eating, simple things like eating when I was hungry and stopping when I was full.
During this time I started listening to a ton of podcasts to help support me in the new journey I was on.
This is when I heard an interview that Jason had done and the passion he had for getting athletes
HEALTHY is why he had such an impact on me and I would remember iN3 in the months to come.
Well, August 6, 2017 after just two months of focusing on getting my cycle back…it returned. I had been
preparing myself for a year or more so I was beside myself that it came so soon. Those two months were
some of the best months of my entire life. I was able to eat without regret. I no longer looked in the
mirror and picked my body apart. I was able to look in the mirror and see a fully functioning female that
had done what was harder spiritually, mentally, and emotionally than anything physical she had over
I didn’t jump back into working out right away, I continued walking only till I got my second cycle. Then I
added a day of lifting, then when my third cycle came I added another day, and so on and so forth. I
wanted to make sure my body was in a prime place of internal health before I started focusing on losing
the weight I had gained throughout my recovery process.
By the time I finally reached out to iN3 nutrition I had gained 40 pounds. Did I NEED to gain 40 pounds?
Probably not, but I’m happy I did. It was the first time I had gotten on the scale since that day in May
and I was shocked; not because I was upset, but because when I pictured myself at 160 pounds it looked
a lot different. I saw the number on the scale and looked in the mirror and I was still me. I didn’t turn
into some blob that I always imagined I would if I weighed over 125 pounds.
Now you have some context for the next part of my journey. Working with Jess has been UNREAL. She
has been the absolute best person to work with because I know that she has my best interest and
health in mind. I didn’t freak out when she told me we were going to raise my calories initially, in fact
this is one of the reasons I wanted to reach out to IN3 to begin with. While the relationship I have with
food, working out and my body is the best it’s ever been in my entire life, I don’t trust myself to stay
here mentally. I’m ready to lose weight but I’m ready to lose weight the right way. I don’t trust myself to not do
another cut where I drop my calories so low I lose 30 pounds in 2 months. Extremes are easy, but
balance is hard. This is why Jessica has been instrumental for me. Preparing my body for what’s to come
so we don’t have to take those extreme measures.
You can look at this testimonial as part 1 to the whole story because my journey is nowhere near being
over. I’ve been working with Jess now for almost 3 months and despite a huge amount of stress in my
life that wasn’t necessarily expected… my calories have increased, my weight has dropped, and my
overall happiness is where I never thought it would be. It’s unbelievable to see what the human body is
capable of when you give it what it needs and treat it right. I look forward to writing the second part of
my testimony in the months to come because I have full confidence that working with Jess will result in
growth in immeasurable ways.” Alaina