I just wanted to share a short post about my health and fitness journey. It’s not recently that I did this and it wasn’t just a couple years ago…it’s been a LIFESTYLE. Check it out. 🙂
As you can see, I went from that skinny girl who wasn’t healthy. I didn’t eat well if at all and I struggled with what I looked like constantly. I ended up discovering alcohol shortly before I graduated high school and I thought it was the coolest thing to drink all night (every night) with friends and then go to the closest diner or fast food joint to eat everything in sight.
In 2008, I gained about 40 pounds in only one month. ONE. I was incredibly unhealthy and it didn’t stop there. As you can see, in 2009, I still gained weight and you can definitely tell where I gained weight the most…my face. I can’t help it I have these chubby cheeks naturally! 😛 In 2011, I was still about the same. The upsetting thing is…I was going out with my girlfriends and getting dressed up but I was hiding myself. That photo, I was hiding my stomach behind a tree. A TREE. And it was at a family gathering. I’m supposed to be comfortable around family and I decided to hide. I was unhealthy, I was overweight, I was unhappy. I got a gym membership but I rarely went because I didn’t like the looks I got from those super fit people. And when I did go, guess what I did after…I ate McDonald’s. Great post workout meal, huh?
In 2012, I joined the Navy. I was still overweight. I had to lose it. I barely lost anything and I was literally at the cut off by the time I went to boot camp. I lost 18 pounds in boot camp but once I was set out to “freedom” I went right back to the old me. Drinking and eating unhealthy. I gained majority of that weight back in less than a year. We were coming close to a PRT and I was on my way to failing. Then I met a gal at work who was really into running and health and fitness. I asked for her help. She literally dedicated a ton of time to me. We worked different shifts but she taught me a lot of tips on running and eating healthy and introduced me to Beachbody. Once I did a cleanse and a program called Turbofire and saw amazing results, I was hooked. I continued with my health and fitness journey even up to pregnancy.
During my pregnancy, I gained over 60 pounds. I was HUGE. That photo was a week before I gave birth. I indulged, I worked out less, I said, “I’m pregnant. I’ll be fine.” I was FINE but I wasn’t GREAT. 6.5 months later, I am still working on getting back to where I want to be. The best part is, I have the knowledge to get back there. I know what it takes and I have the tools I need. After having my son, I did programs like PiYo, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Les Mills Pump, and CIZE.
The point of this Flashback is to show you all, that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, you can do it. You want to lose weight and get healthy? You can do it. And you can do it more than once. For those of you who have known me for a long time, you know that I have been on this journey for a few years now. For my new friends, I didn’t start this only after having a baby. I just know that I have done it before and I can do it again.
I once was an unhappy girl who never felt good enough. Now, I am a stronger and healthier woman who knows that who I was in all of these photos was not a horrible person. I still had the same personality, the snort when I laugh, and sarcasm for days. I was still a kind person who loved to help others. I am still that person but now I am healthier and happier. And THAT is why I am dedicated to helping others and showing them that this is possible. 🙂
If you or anyone you know is having a hard time with their weight or their overall health…I am here to help. I have dedicated years to learning about how I can help others because I don’t want people to feel like I did. No one needs to feel lost, alone, or depressed. First of all, YOU ARE good enough and BEAUTIFUL. HEALTH is the most important thing for you and I want to make sure people learn how to get healthy and HAPPY. Because you deserve it. 🙂