FAT. CHUBBY. OVERWEIGHT. No matter the name, they all had the same meaning. No matter how you described me, I was a chubby cheeks, big-boned girl. Most of my life I was always the fat friend or the girl who was heavy, but had a “pretty face”. I blamed most of my extra fat cells on genetics. Blonde hair and blue eyes, I had pink chipmunk cheeks that just screamed out “pinch me!”. I was a cute, pudgy baby.
Because I was big-boned to begin with I thought I was destined to be heavy-set. I was your typical, McDonald’s eating, happy kid. All through elementary school I was teased and picked on for my big size. From middle school and beyond I was the fat girl among the group. Lucky for me, my pals loved me for who I was, no matter if I was a size 0 or size 18. Sure I tried losing the weight by dieting and exercising. Unfortunately no one ever taught me the difference between a diet and a healthy lifestyle. I thought to lose weight I had to eat salads and wake up at the crack of dawn and sweat for two hours. Like most who gone on diets I just gave up.
Finally after 2-3 years of living on cafeteria food and late snacks run to 7-11 while I was in college, I reached my heaviest. I was 180 lbs and only 4’11”. Funny thing was that I never viewed myself as being that chubby. I was just in a jaw dropping state when I realized my weight had tied itself to a balloon and shot way up on the scale. I was in shock. I guess I never saw it coming. Sure my pants felt a little tighter, but I blamed it on either pms or the dryer thinking it had shrunk. Who the heck was I kidding?
I knew I had to make a change. The first I did was cut soda. I lost a good 10 lbs instantly. I started drinking protein shakes with banana and strawberries for breakfast. I am not an early to rise person, so I knew I would never get up and work out in the morning. Instead, I did it after work. Cranking on some upbeat tunes (Kelly Clarkson’s album got me through some major sweat sessions) I walked on the old treadmill that was hiding in our garage. It was hard at first. Taking a shower and watching television sounded better than working out. I told myself that its only 30 minutes. Thats it 30 minutes. After that I can have the rest of evening to relax. It got easier each time.
I searched online for some great healthy recipes. I never realized that healthy food could actually taste good. However I never gave up junk food completely: PORTION CONTROL! I knew trying to give up some of the foods I love would only backfire, for I was sure to binge on a weekend night. Though the more healthy I ate the less junk food tasted good. To this day I feel better when I eat healthy. Knowing that I am putting wholesome nutrition in my body makes me feel good about myself in ways I never thought I could feel. I have more energy and zest for life! Still, I am normal. I will never give up my pasta from Olive Garden or my chocolate brownies. I don’t eat fettuccine alfredo everyday, but when I do it is a treat. And I don’t eat the entire plate in one sitting. I pack it up and eat it as next days dinner.
I took about a good year but I finally lost 60 lbs.
I hope that I can inspire you to lose the weight. Know that I had struggles. We all will. Even to this day I still work at being healthy and staying fit. The difference between then and now is that I enjoy it! Being healthy is a lifestyle I chose for myself. I will always have healthy goals to set. Like right, I’d love to tone up some more and maybe train for a race. If losing weight were so easy the world would be fit and in shape. You just have to take one day at a time. Don’t get frustrated and NEVER give up. You’ll get there; I promise. If you ever need any tips or advice feel free to contact me anytime!