BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES WILL BE HERE SOON! :)
When I started college in 2008, I weighed around 102 pounds. For my height, that is a very normal weight, considering I’m only five feet tall. At college, I’ll be the first to admit I let go a little- I ate way too much crap and I’m sure drinking on the weekends did not help at all. When my mom [who is a Personal Trainer and in the best shape of her life] first saw me for Christmas (I didn’t go home for Thanksgiving break) she cried. a lot. I gained 18 pounds in 4 months. I was depressed, disgusted, and I felt hopeless. I continued to hate my body but do nothing about it until that summer. Granted I somehow managed to drop back down from 120 to around 115 through the second semester, it wasn’t until summer when I truly buckled down and lost the weight. It took me 3 months of eating extremely clean and working out twice a day with BOTH weights and cardio- and I was at 100 pounds by the end of the summer- but this time, I had a lot more muscle than when I first began college. To say I was happy with myself is an understatement. I was ecstatic and so proud that I did it. I began to love myself again.
Fast forward to my second year of college. Long story short- because of school stress, relationship stress, and my horrible habit of emotional eating, by the end of the second semester, I was back at 120- creeping more towards 125. My face was bloated, my legs were huge, my back had fat- I was sick over it. I managed to get back down to 115, but for the summer, my junior year in school, and up until now- I had become complacent being 115 pounds. Complacent, but unhappy. I knew where I had come from and I knew what my body was capable of. I have never been “fat” but there were points when I was chubby- and being five feet tall and 115 pounds is not ideal for me. Let me say one thing though that my goal was NEVER to be skinny. I admire the beautiful, toned body of athletes- and thankfully swimming competitively for 10 years has shaped my shoulders very nicely- but over them was fat.
All in all, for 2 years I have been yo-yo dieting back and forth, losing weight, gaining it back, losing it again. I’m sick of it. I KNOW WHAT I WANT. And I know that I can do it. For the past two months, I’ve changed my life. I am not on a diet- I am eating clean and will continue to eat clean for the rest of my life. I am not looking to get skinny- I’m looking to change my body to the point where I am in the shape to compete in a fitness competition. I know I can get there, and I know you can too.
Through my mom being a personal trainer and nutritionist, I am well aware of everything I need to do to get the body I want, and I am doing it. I am not giving up this time, this is going to be my lifestyle forever. I don’t know where my mindset was a few years ago, but that old me is gone, and I’m excited to discover my potentials.
I believe in weight training.
I believe in cardio.
I believe in eating clean as a lifestyle.
I believe that EVERYONE (yes, you beautiful!) have it in them to achieve the body they want. :)
I’m here for anyone if you need tips or advice on working out, eating right, or anything in between. I’ve had my share of ups and downs, and I’m on my way to becoming who I want to be- fit, toned, healthy, and happy.
You can do it <3