Towards the end of my high school career, I weighed my heaviest - about 220 lbs. I had very low self-esteem but the true desire and drive to lose weight didn’t kick in until I was a junior in college. It helped a lot that I was living in Kentucky for the semester. I was working a very physical job, and since I didn’t have much to do when I was off work, I would go to the gym. My roommate was on a really serious diet (ever heard of medifast? everything came in a powder form. add water and you have scrambled eggs…yuck!), so I decided to watch what I was eating and I started counting calories. The weight just started melting off. It was an incredible change. When I returned to school the next semester, people that I had known for years didn’t even recognize me. I felt amazing! I kept up with my fitness regimen and I kept trying to eat more healthy foods. When I graduated from college that spring, I was 160 lbs.
As I’ve settled into a new routine and living with my parents again, my weight has fluctuated a bit, but I’m still striving for what is considered healthy for my height and age group - 150 lbs.
This blog is not just for me to talk about healthy eating, but also to help keep me on track with my eating and fitness goals.
College Junior - The beginning of my weight loss
I’m wearing shorts…SHORTS! Something so simple, but such a HUGE step for me. I hated wearing anything above the knee for so long. Well no more! I love how I now feel free to wear whatever I want!
Before I lost the weight, people would always tell me, oh you have such a pretty face or such a nice smile. Now people gush over me. The first time a guy told me I was “hot” I was totally taken aback. I was actually embarrassed! It never occurred to me that I could be seen in that way. I’m not trying to brag or be arrogant. What I’m trying to portray is how significantly my self esteem changed with this weight loss. I’m much happier and I’m much more confident!