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My Physical Transformation: Welcome Back Life/Energy


I was a vegetarian before moving to Spain in 2013. I always paid special attention to my health, drank enough water, ate healthy and never missed a day of exercise.  However, without even realizing it, I let life get the best of me.

As much as I was enjoying living in the country I’ve always wanted to live in, six months in,  I found myself standing on the scale and thinking “What am I doing to myself?!”

From the day I arrived in Spain until that moment, I had gained over 20 pounds and I felt worse physically and mentally than I had ever felt in my entire life.

I had always talked and listened to people who struggled with their weight. Naively, I advised them to JUST DO IT, but I failed to understand. I never truly realized how psychologically addicting food was until I tried to change my ways.

Although I was never a soda drinker, I suddenly became addicted to carbohydrates, desserts and I had no idea how to monitor my serving sizes.

I felt out of control.

Over the next year and a half in Spain, I exercised, but continued to eat junk. I was discouraged and angry with the fact I was exercising, but not losing weight.  During that whole time I kept remembering the phrase that someone once told me “abdominals are made in the kitchen,” meaning if you want to see results, you MUST start focusing on your diet. However, I just could not seem to do that, no matter how hard I tried.

After one and a half years like that, I decided that it could not continue feeling that way physically. I needed to make a change.

Being in the worst shape of my life and without a day of training, I decided to take a leap of faith and walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, where I walked 31 days (around 950 km) across Spain. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, but I knew one thing clearly:

I wanted my energy and health back.

From the day I started the Camino de Santiago until now, my life has changed in ways that are hard to express in words. The Camino de Santiago allowed me to dig deep in my heart and work on the areas that I needed to work on and to fight for my life and start making changes to a healthy life.


Since that day, until now, I have changed my life style, workout daily (crunches, running, etc …) eat clean, work to monitor my serving sizes and I have lost around 26 pounds. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life!!





It was not easy to break the bad habits, but I realized the first step in making it happen is taking time to truly value yourself and your life bad enough that you are willing to fight, suffer or do whatever it takes in order to have that change.

You have to know you deserve it.



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    4 February, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Wow! Congrats. So good for you, and keep spreading that positive word.

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    4 February, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Good for you! Girl, you’re such an inspiration! Can’t believe I haven’t seen your blog earlier. Keep up the good work.

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    4 February, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I think it’s all about embracing a healthy lifestyle. Diets are so short-lived but when health is part of your long-term goals, it’s easier to stick with it. I too am sitting alot these days. I like your tips for getting up and doing squats or push-ups. My kids would think I was crazy, but I think they’ll get over it…

    • Sarah -
      Sarah -
      4 February, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Tara, I completely agree with you. So many people lose weight and all the sudden they accomplish their goal and then gain the weight back. Like you said its all about embracing a healthy lifestyle. I try to incorporate pushups and random stuff in my routine and various parts of the day and the people around me ALWAYS think I am crazy. However, I don’t mind being a bit crazy and healthy! 🙂

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    Kiara Catanzaro
    3 February, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I definitely know how you feel. I’m currently in the process of trying to make healthier changes because of a ton of weight gain. Last year, my mental and physical health took a back burner due to medical problems and other things. So I lost a ton of energy, strength and happiness. But, I’m slowly (very slowly) but surely working on portions, eating clean, working out to where I’m not overdoing it and taking care of myself altogether. Thanks so much for this bit of inspiration! Here’s hoping I can make the changes you made and get back to where I need to be. Congrats on accomplishing such an amazing goal and working to become your happiest, healthiest self!

    • Sarah -
      Sarah -
      4 February, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Kiara, good for you! Slowly but surely wins the race. All we can do is work to make little habit changes in our lives, work out cutting our portions, walking and exercising when we can and just putting forth the effort. I can’t wait to hear about your results and the amount of energy you feel after some time. I am rooting for you!

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    3 February, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Congrats! You’ve done an amazing job! I’m on my own path to trying to be healthier and the hardest part is just getting the habit going.

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    2 February, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    You look amazing, and it’s even better that you feel good. So happy you made this change for yourself.

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    2 February, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    That’s awesome! I know I need to work out and eat healthier but I just get lazy. Way to stick with it and make it work!

    • Sarah -
      Sarah -
      2 February, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Christin, it was a bit hard for me at first, however the better I started to feel, the more motivated I felt to keep it up. I could never go back to how I used to be!

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    The oracle
    2 February, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Great job! You look really happy!

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    Stephanie -
    28 January, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Great post! I know how you feel because I still have days like that sometimes. I dropped around 10 kg (not pounds) last year and gained everything back. I have no idea how because I’m still eating the same way I’m just exercising less. I want to start working out again, but time. Do you have some tips for finding time to do that? I always work from 8 am to 9 pm after that I’m going to sleep. Even on weekends 😉 yeey, lucky me!

    • Sarah -
      Sarah -
      2 February, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Stephanie, that hardest part is just trying to keep the weight off and make it a part of your lifestyle. So, I have many different tips. Given that I am working from my computer and am enrolled full time in the University, I find myself sitting A LOT. What I always do is just get up after like 20 minutes, do 20 random squats and then sit back again. After like 10 minutes, I will get up again and do 10 pushups and then sit back down again. I just randomly do things throughout the day, and I swear I see resultes from that! I make sure that I get up multiple times throughout the day and just do stretches and move my body a bit. After a long day of working on the computer, I force myself, whether I feel like it or not, and go on a 20 minute walk or run and I always end up feeling better! 🙂

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