Deciding to step outside of your comfort zone takes a lot of courage, but ultimately when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired- you do something about it. When I saw how much weight I gained my Freshman year of college, I couldn’t stand that feeling and knew I had all of the power to change how I looked. I stepped on the scale, recorded my weight and pants size, looked at myself in the mirror and told myself this is the beginning of the rest of my life. I realized I had to change my diet- drinking/partying 3-4 nights a week + eating nothing but fried food to sober up wasn’t going to get me anywhere. I also realized I stopped working out when I went to college, when I’d been playing sports for 6+ year consistently before that. Of all of the changes, I had to change my mentality and how I spoke to myself. I believe that when you want to make a change in your life, for example weightless, you’ll need to change how you think, what you eat, and what you do.
“whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
I set the goal of losing 50 lbs in one year, and had to remind myself on a daily basis I can do this. This was something I’ve never done, and didn’t see the people around me doing so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy- but it will be worth it. When I was exercising I visualized my dream body and worked harder to get to that vision. It made no sense to compare myself to anyone else because, “no one is you, and that’s your power.”
Starting my weightless journey taught me a lot about disciple. Either you want your goals, or you don’t/ you’re working towards them, or you’re not; That meant that beyond believing in myself, I had to exercise and change my diet next. I didn’t have a gym membership the summer between my Freshman & Sophomore year, but I started walking 3+ miles a day, drinking more water, and eating more fruits and vegetables (I went to the gym at my school when I was there and continued with those habits). During Lent of my Sophomore year of college, I gave up eating meat for 3 months and realized I could be vegan/ vegetarian. Three months away from my initial goal, I realized I had 20 more lbs to lose, and I’d wanted to be a size 8 in jeans by my birthday 8/8. I started at a size 22 in pants, and I was a size 10-12 by this point, and I was starting to believe my goal wasn’t possible. I wrote on my calendar that I saw everyday, “20/20 8/8” 20/20 vision for my goals/ lose 20 lbs by my 20th birthday, and my goal of being a size 8 by 8/8. I had no other option but to believe in myself again, and it was tunnel vision from there on.
I wish someone was in the room with me when I weighed myself on my birthday, and tried on the size 8 pants. I did it! I worked towards something and reaped the benefits of it, I’m so proud of myself for doing that. From that point I moved to Charlotte, NC and fell in love with the soul food there and didn’t exercise as much anymore so I ended up gaining 15 lbs. But when I realized I was going back to my old ways, I started paying attention to what I was eating, what I thought of myself, and what I was doing.
I decided to reflect on my weight loss journey because it’s about to be 5 years since I started this journey, and what a journey has it been. I’m currently in the best shape of my life, I love my body, and the food I eat. I didn’t take short cuts to get here, so I don’t have any to recommend. I have to trust the process every step of the way and believe in myself. I’ve become aware of what foods work best for me, and I love trying something new. I’ve been posting encouraging words, my favorite vegan recipes for those looking for inspiration, I’ll get to a point where I post my workout routines.
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