My Story In A Nutshell: Progress Is More Than Just Numbers, It's Finding Out That You're Beautiful
Friday, April 25, 2014
In 2006 I started my journey to become healthier. I was 350 pounds at 18 years old fresh out of high school working my first job. I was this sad depressed young woman who grew up hating my body and the way I looked. I was constantly made fun of to the point where I didn't want to go to school. The name calling became so bad that it turned from "making fun" into full fledged bullying every single day since elementary school. I was picked on for my glasses, my acne, my weight, and being shy. As I got older I hated myself so much I would do anything just to be skinny and beautiful. All I ever wanted was to be accepted and to feel like I fit in. That never happened during my school years but once I stepped on the scale I knew I had to do something and it had to be quick. I was always afraid of failing and becoming like my mother, an obese statistic. She died at the young age of 38 and I never truly got over it. I always knew I didn't want to die young and I knew something had to change. I cut out sodas and fast food cold turkey and began working out. Fast forward to 2014 and here I am at 26 years old rocking a size 10/12 and 166 pounds! Not only do I feel amazing but I know I look amazing as well. I'm not a vain person so don't get me wrong... I just now finally realize I am beautiful and figuring that out is like a breath of fresh air. I have hit my weight loss goal to be 168 (and then some!) and it sure did come a lot sooner than anticipated! I set this goal to be achieved by my 27th birthday which is in January 2015. My goal now is to maintain this weight. I know I can do it because I've lost 184 pounds on my own. I feel empowered and proud of myself because I did this. I put in 100% effort and reaped the benefits and rewards from it. I never truly thought I'd make it this far but I realized that once I believed in myself anything is possible. I'm 26 with a full life ahead of me. I have added a few extra years to my life because of the changes I made and I now have a healthy BMI to go with it. This has been an amazing year so far and it's only April! I can't wait to see what else 2014 has in store for me but for now I will celebrate my body and reaching my goal.