Monday, October 10, 2011
Since I hit puberty, I had always been kind of chubby. It was at it's worst during my junior year of high school. I only exercised during softball season. I worked in fast food and ate it during my breaks. Looking back, I think I was also a little depressed. A good friend of mine had died the previous summer and I still struggle with it sometimes, even after almost 8 years have passed. In short, my body was on the back burner.
When I started losing weight, it wasn't out of any conscious decision I'd made. Towards the end of high school I was already beginning to slim down, thanks to joining the track team. For shotput, of course. I've never been much of a runner. The coach was great, and was the one who really taught me to love the gym and the strength-training equipment. I learned to use exercise when I was upset to expel unwanted energy, how to build my muscles, and how to be confident in my own strength.
When I went to college, the first thing I looked for was a gym. I was so lucky to live in the dormitory that was within walking distance of the college gym, which was free to students. I started a regular routine where I worked out an hour a day 3-5 days a week. I made some friends who wanted to go to the gym with me, one of whom was a runner and persuaded me to start doing some cardio. I used the bike and climbed stairs to get my heart rate up. I loved it!
I always neglected cardio training because of my rather large... um... blessings. You know. The Girls. My breasts had been a source of embarrassment and discomfort due to their size, especially when trying to run or jump rope or do jumping jacks. I think you can see why I was SO EXCITED to finally be able to do cardio without the pain and embarrassment of my extra jigglage.
Anyway, I was eating better because I was choosing from the dining hall fare. I didn't eat out much because I was on a student's budget. I didn't snack because of my limited meal plan. The dining hall had bowls of apples sitting out and I took one every day for an after-lunch treat. My body was loving me for my new healthy habits. The extra pounds melted away and I was too busy to even notice.