Let’s flash back to January 2011. I was tired, unhappy, and approximately 70 pounds over weight. This was the year I realized that in the midst of life, I’d lost myself. I didn’t take care of my body, mind, or soul the way I should. I stopped dressing up. I rarely participated in any physical activity. I was disappointed with my life. After admitting this truth to myself, I was left with two options: I could wallow in my situation, or I could change it. Thankfully, I chose the latter.
It all stared with very simple changes. The first step in my journey was to get active! I lived such a sedentary life, simply walking for a mile or two was a huge accomplishment for me. Eventually, I started getting excited about working out and trying new things. My workout routines became harder and more challenging over the next year. I found a drive and competitiveness within myself that I had never felt before.
Although I found a new excitement in exercising, I still struggled with staying committed. I rode the same roller coaster many of you are on. I would work really hard for a couple of weeks, and then the fire would slowly burn out. Whether I was distracted by junk food, bored with my routines, or just overcome with laziness, it was a STRUGGLE to truly commit to a steady fitness routine.
I began my journey at UNT in Fall 2012. As a Kinesiology major, I was encouraged to be healthier in the beginning because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite so to speak. But, after taking courses in Nutrition, Health, and trying new sports, I seriously fell in love with fitness. It was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
During my second year, I finally started focusing on eating a clean diet. I always heard that your diet is 70% of your health, but I didn’t really believe it until I changed the way I ate. It took a lot of hard work, and I’m still tweaking some things, but it’s been an amazing experience since I changed my relationship with food.
Fast forward to October 2015. I’m in a happy place. I still have health and fitness goals, but I truly feel equipped to reach those goals now. It’s hard to sum up 4 years of my life in one blog post, so if you’re interested in hearing more about specific parts of my journey, please comment below! Also, feel free to share your own story with us. You never know who you might encourage by simply being open about your journey.
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