From ‘170 pounds and miserable’ to happy and confident: A NJ food blogger’s inspiring story

Inspiralized founder and healthy food blogger Ali Maffucci is sharing her personal weight loss journey. She’s hoping to help motivate anyone struggling with body issues, because let’s face it, we all battle with insecurities every now and again.

The New York Times best-selling author spoke of losing 30 pounds, and revealed how eliminating that weight was less about looks, and more about feeling confident in your skin and adopting nutritious lifestyle habits.

“I had never truly found happiness with my health and body,” Ali wrote on Instagram. “Since I was about 18 or 19, I was always yo-yo dieting, fad-dieting, and just… dieting. In the before photo (on the left), I was about 170 pounds and miserable. I didn’t know how to dress my body, all I wanted to do was cover it up.”

There was a time when she was embarrassed to even shop at the trendy stores, because she was insecure and didn’t know how to properly dress her size while still looking fashionable.

Once Ali found her own way to eat better, she knew she had to share it with the world. Thus, the birth of her cookbooks Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals and her latest, Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing.

“Not only have I reached my healthiest and happiest self, I’ve found my own personal style and I can finally have fun with the trends (like off the shoulder tops and high-waisted denim),” Ali continued. “Confidence is the sexiest accessory, of course, but it comes with being happy with yourself, inside and out. Every day I wake up, I feel like I’m helping others find their healthy stride, and I’m nourishing my mind, body, and soul.”

#tbt to eating beignets in New Orleans (on the left, in 2011) and #tbt to me in Bali just a couple of weeks ago, enjoying a zucchini noodle lunch. It's been a roller coaster ride arriving at a healthy, sustainable me. I've been through it all- fad dieting, weight loss & gain, low self esteem. I'm so happy to have found my healthy stride where the thought of going on vacation doesn't strike body angst within me. I used to practically starve myself before vacation so I could "go all out" while on a trip. If I could tell my previous self anything back on that trip in NOLA, it's this: "Just have one beignet, Ali- enjoy every last morsel and then walk it off, taking in the beautiful city you're in!" Instead, the old Ali ate a whole bag and felt extreme guilt and low self worth afterwards and continued the vicious cycle. I'm working on a post talking about the art of building a healthy lifestyle! ???? #weightloss #beforeandafter #healthy #balance

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While continuing her path to self-improvement, the Jersey City resident has racked up over 161,000 followers on her social media pages, who continue to root her on. What’s great about Ali is she’s very personable with her followers, exchanging tips and compliments with them constantly.

You go girl!

Read her entire testimony below:

You know I love a good before and after, and I figured I’d share this one, for those who need a bit of Friday inspiration! In this photo, I want to point out what matters most: finding your healthiest and happiest self. I’m not talking about the 30 pound weight loss, I’m talking about taking control of your own destiny and committing to being happy. And healthy. While I’ve always had a sunny disposition, I had never truly found happiness with my health and body. Since I was about 18 or 19, I was always yo-yo dieting, fad-dieting, and just… dieting. In the before photo (on the left), I was about 170 pounds and miserable. I didn’t know how to dress my body, all I wanted to do was cover it up. I didn’t have my own style, because I didn’t feel comfortable wearing trends. I didn’t even feel comfortable walking into the trendy stores, I was terribly insecure. Most importantly, I didn’t physically feel good, I was always tired and uncomfortable. I’d wake up with food comas 5 out of 7 days of the week and was living a very unhealthy, unbalanced lifestyle. Fast forward to the present (literally, this photo on the right was taken yesterday) and my life has changed dramatically. Not only have I reached my healthiest and happiest self, I’ve found my own personal style and I can finally have fun with the trends (like off the shoulder tops and high-waisted denim.) Confidence is the sexiest accessory, of course, but it comes with being happy with yourself, inside and out. Every day I wake up, I feel like I’m helping others find their healthy stride, and I’m nourishing my mind, body, and soul. I started @alissandrab mainly to catalogue this new chapter in my life, and I hope you all follow along and hopefully, it’ll inspire those of you who are on a similar journey. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a never-ending journey, but now, for the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to the journey, bumps in the road and all. Thanks for all your positivity and encouragement, I wrote about it in my new cookbook #InspiralizeEverything because it’s the truth: you’ve all been the driving force that’s gotten me to this happy place. THANK YOU x a million! ✌????️ #beforeandafter #confidence

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