Not Easy, Just Simple. FitFluential Transformation: Anna Lee



I was fed up. Fed up of feeling rubbish. Fed up of feeling tired, lethargic, bloated, unhealthy and unfit. Fed up of missing out on activities with friends. Fed up of buying ugly clothes. Fed up of feeling self conscious.

Acknowledging how fed up I actually was – was the first big hurdle, because it made me want to change. So I simply made the decision to do so.

Honestly, I had no idea where or how far this journey would go, how on earth I was going to get there or what it would take. I knew nothing.

I had no knowledge of diet, exercise or healthy lifestyle habits, but I did have common sense, and common sense told me that I had to make significant change. A quick fix fad diet was not the answer. Cabbage soup and water for the rest of my life sounded pretty miserable and the chances of sticking to it were slim. After all, the whole point of this was to be less miserable.

So I simply ate clean.  Lean meats, fish, fruits, salads, vegetables, water, water, water. There was no formula or trick to my diet – just common sense. You know deep down when you see something. This is healthy / unhealthy. This is good for me / bad for me. Then you learn. Learn how to read food labels. Learn to listen to your body. Learn what it needs and what it doesn’t.

I got active. I walked everywhere. I joined a gym. I found a spot on the treadmill in the corner, at the back, built an awesome playlist and got on with it. I did spinning, boxing, CrossFit, cycling, running, zumba, bootcamp, yoga, pilates… I tried a little bit of everything and stuck with what I enjoyed. I worked hard.

I surrounded myself with supportive people and got some accountability. I hired a personal trainer at my local gym. Twice a week I had to turn up, work hard, weigh in, submit my food journal. I learned a lot and it gave me someone to talk to about it. Someone who cared.

It worked. A few weeks in I saw results – and this point here is the game changer. The first time you look in the mirror and you SEE results, then you’re onto a winner. Something clicks and all of a sudden what was really really hard gets a little bit easier. I wasn’t fed up any more, I was fired up.

I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy – it’s really not. It takes hard work, sacrifice, persistence, time, patience… but, it is simple, and it’s worth it.

Losing weight has done so many wonderful things for me. In my personal life, my career, my attitude, my wardrobe, my personality, my confidence, my passions, my friends…too many things to list.

Eat less, move more. Calories in, calories out. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense.

There are no magic pills, no fancy diet plans, no magic exercise routines. You have to find what works for you.

Not easy – just simple.




Anna is a marketing director, avid CrossFitter and blogger living in New York City. She is passionate about learning and sharing her experiences with CrossFit and its community to inspire others.

“CrossFit became my passion following a 2 year transformation from fat to fit. It challenges me. It’s not about aesthetics anymore. It’s about getting after a sense of achievement. How much better can I get? How can I turn my weaknesses into strengths? What else can I learn? It’s about feeling good and becoming a better version of me. My blog is a collection of my thoughts and experiences along the way. I want to inspire people to get involved. To make a choice and take the action to become better version of themselves. There’s room for everyone to be a little bit better.” 




Do you have a fitness or health transformation story?

Whether it’s a weight loss journey, recovery from an injury or simply a change in mindset, we’d love to share it. You don’t need to be an Ambassador or even a blogger, just a member of the FitFluential community (you can sign up as an Enthusiast here).

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  1. Jamie says

    So inspiring. I love this! I will be reading your blog more and more. I am not considered overweight but I can see major areas that need some TLC and can’t seem to motivate myself. But seeing your journey helped! I like your mentality. It’s hard but simple.

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