Two years ago I decided to get serious about my health and fitness. I was never Biggest Loser big, or really even any level of big. I was always a somewhat comfortable medium size eight. Then I noticed that my size eights were getting a wee bit snug and I was inching towards double digits. I’m pretty tall, so I looked fine in my clothes, but the very thought of putting on a bathing suit gave me anxiety. It got to the point where I was making excuses to avoid going to the beach with friends because I didn’t want them to see stripped down. Looking back I can recognize this was an extreme reflection of how badly I felt in my own skin, bad, bad, bad.
And here is where I had what Oprah would call my “a ha moment”. I’m young, I’m healthy, and I have the means to look however I want, what the heck am I doing? I decided right then and there I was going to change my life and get in kick ass shape. Before I decided on a plan of action I read, and I read a lot. Every fitness magazine I could find, books by nutritionists, doctors, chefs, trainers, celebrity trainers, celebrities, you name it I probably read it or read about it. After weighing all my options I took the next logical step, I decided to sign up for a fitness competition. Ok, that might not be everyone’s next logical step, but it was mine. I tend to jump in with both feet. Go big or go home, that’s what I say. I also say quotes from Mean Girls, a lot.
So I made the decision to start my 1000 mile journey, and although it’s been tough at times, I have never once regretted it for a minute. I now live a pretty healthy lifestyle, eating clean, quality gym time five or six days a week, and most importantly I have a newfound respect for what I’m capable of achieving. My advice to anyone reading this is that if you’re even a little bit unhappy about your body, jump into a healthy lifestyle with both feet. Take the next few days to research a plan of action, then give it 100% and give it some time. Are you excited yet? I am!