My weight has always been a roller coaster that felt out of my control. When I was young and active I could eat what I wanted and didn’t have to worry about my weight. In high school I started gaining a little excess weight when I would get stressed with taking on too many projects at once. That trend would continue in college and though I would lose 10-15 lbs here and there when I decided to eat correctly and exercise, I was not disciplined enough to stick with it. My weight slowly increased with hills and valleys, but the valleys were getting smaller and smaller. The two biggest times I was disciplined enough to potentially reach my goals, I got pregnant soon after and would have to start from postpartum square one. After my daughter was born in 2014, we were done having kids and I continued the decline and ascent of weight fluctuation.
Though I got the 21 Day Fix in July of 2015, I only did a few days worth before going on a trip. Although I ate somewhat healthy and did lots of physical activity on that trip, some of the weight I lost came back during the holidays because I didn’t stick to any kind of routine. After Christmas 2015 I decided I needed to take charge of my health once and for all and actually started the 21 Day Fix. Getting in touch with my coach and joining a challenge group really helped me lose consistent weight and inches. Now I have so much more energy and am much more toned and healthy than I was before. More than looks, I feel a great change that makes me happier and more confident in my abilities and strength-both physical and mental.
My journey is still far from over, but I’m not giving up. I have the tools to accomplish my goals and the support with which to help me when times get tough. If I can be that for someone else, I will do whatever it takes. I’m past day 21 now, and have lost almost 20 lbs since I started the program. The best part is that I look forward to the future, to a me where I can go to a party and not overindulge just because it’s there, to have a cup of tea instead of a pint of ice cream when I’m stressed, to feel full after one taco instead of four, to be excited that a new exercise is a new challenge that I know I can overcome, to fit into the clothes that I have wanted to wear and feel confident, to reach my goals and know that I can maintain them. I want to be comfortable in my own skin, and I will be.