Health & Beauty · Lifestyle

How I Lost 20 Pounds & Started Becoming My Best Self

A large part of my “story” is my health goals the past few years and as I sit here writing this post, I am weary to share some of it with you all. I don’t come from a naturally skinny and fit family like others do. My genes consist of big hips, big butt, and big gut. I constantly have to watch what I am eating or I will gain weight, however I probably notice the fluctuation more than anyone else does. We all go through stages in life and I sure went through mine. I was never the obese kid but I definitely had a little baby fat on me all throughout my childhood into my teens and twenty’s.

As I look back to 2 years ago I remember going into the bathroom at work and while talking to one of my coworkers I looked in the mirror and there it was…a double chin. I think in that moment I realized that I had been slacking off when it came to what I was eating and how much I was exercising. I had just started working full time and was so tired after work I’d grab some food (most days it was Chick Fil A, which isn’t surprising if you know me) and go home to watch Netflix all night. Not only this, most days my coworkers and I would go out to eat for lunch and of course I’d order something that was far from healthy. All of the bad food I was putting into my body + sitting/lounging around all day and night had caught up to me.

I didn’t like the way I looked and I didn’t like the way I felt. I was very unhappy with myself and that started affecting other aspects of my life. Because of all of this, I decided it was time for a change. I did a lot of research on good and bad carbs, what we should be putting into our body’s and how many calories/fats/carbs we should be consuming every day. I tried to limit my sweets (this was hard because I love chocolate lol) and I made sure I was going to the gym most days of the week. It was challenging at times to stay motivated because I couldn’t see the results at first. I don’t know about you but I am very much a results driven person and I like to see immediate change. Because of this I began taking progress pictures so I could track how far I had come. I had been doing the Kayla Itsine’s BBG program and in it she recommends taking a progress picture every 2 weeks on the same day so you don’t get discouraged from your weight fluctuating. I started doing this in the spring of 2016. By May I had gone from weighing almost 160 pounds to weighing around 135 (on a good day lol) and went from a size 10 jeans to a size 6.

In July I started taking classes at The Barre Code in Fort Worth and it has been so awesome to see how much my body has continued to change just from taking these classes. I weigh about 140-145 pounds now but I look so much better than I did prior to starting Barre Code. In Barre classes they focus on toning and strengthening your muscles. I love going to class and doing something we did weeks before only to see that I have gotten stronger and can do the moves much better than before. Plus each class is different so I never get bored with what we’re doing. The instructors are so motivating and remind you why you’re there and what your goal was for coming.

These days my goal is to just be happy with myself and continue to build my strength. I do have things I am still working on (like getting Khloe Kardashian toned arms lol)  but overall I am so happy and proud of myself for coming as far as I have. I want to live my best life and not let my weight hold me back like it has done so many times before. I want to be confident in who I am and love myself unconditionally, which everyone can do at any size. Lastly, I want to encourage people that they can do whatever they set their minds too. Prior to losing my weight I had done so many diets only to give up 1 week in. Diet programs, skinny tea’s and whatever else you see being sold on tv is just a waste of money. Exercise and a good diet WILL get you to where you want to be. All it takes is discipline, determination and knowing that if you stick with it you’ll get there. It is a process but in the end you will come out feeling so much better than before.

 

Here are some pictures of my transformation:

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