My Weight Loss Journey: Why I Am the Happiest and Healthiest I Have Ever Been

My Weight Loss Journey: Why I Am the Happiest and Healthiest I Have Ever Been

 

Let me start off by saying, I have never struggled with my weight. I have always been very healthy and very active. I enjoy eating healthy and exercising regularly but sometimes things change, people change, and life happens. Here is my journey from past to present. I hope you find it inspiring. One thing I have learned from this whole experience is to never give up on yourself, even when others do. 

 

My story begins, my senior year of high school. I was dealing with a lot of personal issues that were effecting me both emotionally and physically. I felt like I had no one to talk to or confide in. I lost touch with the majority of my friends when I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania, my senior year of high school which was extremely difficult for me. I felt alone and useless. I began putting on weight here and there the summer before my freshman year of college and once I started college it was a downward spiral from that point onward.

 

August of 2012, right before I left for college, I was weighing in at around 125 pounds. This did not bother me too much since I had been this weight for quite sometime, but I knew the weight was slowly creeping up on me. I could feel my body changing, I knew something wasn’t right.  

 

When I started college I lost track of a lot of things that made me happy. I never would have thought that these four years of my life would be such a balancing act. Trying to juggle work, classes, and a social life can be quite the challenge. 

 

Summer of 2013 I noticed a big change, not only in my weight but in myself. I had lost so much confidence in everything I did and in everything I was. At this point, I was weighing in at around 140 pounds. This wasn't the "freshman 15" I was dealing with anymore, this was an emotional and physical battle with myself. I couldn't fit into anything anymore, all my old clothes were way to small and I was ultimately in denial. When my sophomore year of college rolled around I was eating just about anything and everything. I kept saying to myself, "I'll never lose the weight, so why even bother trying?" I had ultimately given up on myself.

 

April of 2014 I was weighing in at my highest ever—150 pounds. This was completely unacceptable for someone like me who was so petite and small (I am only 5 feet tall) to begin with. My body was basically shutting down. I knew that something needed to change. 

 

May of 2014 is when I made the best decision of my life. One morning, I woke up and said to myself, “Today is the day, it’s time to make a difference, it’s time to make yourself better.” I began walking about two miles each morning before my classes. Rain or shine, I was determined to get healthy again. Along with my walks, I began incorporating delicious salads, healthy soups, fruits, and vegetables into my diet.

 

It's amazing what a little healthy eating and exercise can do. By the time July rolled around I was down 15 pounds. I was finally gaining my confidence back. I was eating healthy and working out almost everyday. There is no better feeling in the world than that of accomplishment.

 

August of 2014 I was weighing in at my goal weight, which at the time was 125 pounds. I could finally fit back into some of my old clothes again!

 

The weight really started coming off in September, October, and November of 2014. Before I knew it I was weighing in at 115 pounds. My my workout routine plus eating healthy, really helped me lose the weight quickly. I think it's important to stay busy and yet make time for yourself. It is so important to FIND YOUR BALANCE. Do the things that you love, do what makes you happy, regardless of what others say or believe.   

 

Today, I feel amazing in my skin. I could not be happier with my accomplishments. I have lost around 45 pounds and I have managed to keep it off. I am continuing to eat healthy and exercise regularly but also find time to just enjoy myself!

 

I hope you all found inspiration in my journey, if you would like to know more about my healthy habits leave some requests in the comment section down below! And of course if you have a story you would like to share, please do.