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Welcome to the GetLean Challenge Diaries! This blog series will follow one GLC participant during the inaugural Challenge this fall. Carmen’s GetLean Challenge journey will be accompanied by delicious recipes and helpful nutrition tips that are GetLean Challenge-approved! In this first post we will introduce Carmen and find out why she decided to take part in the GetLean Challenge.

Carmen, a Bay Area native, moved back to the Coastside in 2011 with her husband and two daughters after living in Hawaii. Moving back was a big adjustment for Carmen, who experienced major reverse culture shock while trying to settle into her new life in California. She had difficult adjusting and felt unmotivated to make new connections or find work. But by being unproductive Carmen just fell deeper into her slump.

Still fixated on her life before the move, Carmen’s dissatisfaction with living in Pacifica started to have an effect on her family interactions. This just created more issues that fed Carmen’s unhappiness. Carmen started to use food as a way to cope with everything going on. As she became less active and continued to eat for comfort, Carmen started to gain weight.

Over the next 18 months Carmen would continue this negative cycle. She started to have health issues and became angry at herself for being unhealthy.

Today, Carmen has finally forgiven herself for her past habits and is ready to make some changes! She feels like it’s time for her to move forward and start to feel better, both mentally and physically. Carmen is looking forward to the GetLean Challenge guiding her in the right direction and giving her the support she has been lacking to finally tackle her fitness and nutrition. Welcome to Empowered Fitness Carmen, we can’t wait to see what you accomplish during the GLC!


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