In 2008, if someone would have told me what my life would be like in 2010 I would have laughed in their face. Never in my wildest dreams would I believe I would ever feel this happy and have this much pride in myself.
In 2007, I weighed 252 pounds and I was immensely unhappy with how I looked and how I felt. My decision to attempt to loose weight began when I was shopping for a pair of jeans to wear over the holidays. I got very emotional when I discovered that a 40" waist no longer fit me. Then and there in the store I swore to myself that I was going to make a change. A month into my new lifestyle I decided to attempt something I had always feared, EXERCISE! I decided to ditch the bus home from work once a week and I walked the 4 miles home. The number on that scale kept dropping and I was feeling great. My exercise increased as I pushed my new body and discovered new limits.
One year after my journey began I was down 50 pounds. Friends and family where shocked at how different I looked and how much happier and full of life I was. Everyone wanted to know 'my weight loss secret'. I tried to give people tips on healthy eating and exercise but I told them there is no secret or quick cure. You can't just want to lose weight or get healthy, you have to do the work to achieve it. I noticed a big change in myself. I would regularly have a grin from ear to ear when I would get compliments about how well I looked. I never received compliments like that and it felt great. I wanted other people to experience this great feeling I have had since starting my new lifestyle. I wanted to share 'my secret' (diet and exercise) on a professional level so in 2009 I decided to quit my full time job and get a qualification as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. As of October 2010, I am 6 months away holding my qualification and I cannot wait to help people who were just like me 3 years previously.
I am reflecting on my journey today of all days because today I completed my first 5K. Running past that finish line was like finally reaching the top of a mountain I had been struggling up all my life and I did it! It hasn't always been an easy journey up that mountain, there were falls along the way but I dusted myself off and continued on because I didn't want to fall to the bottom again. Never underestimate yourself, work towards your goal, take small steps, enjoy the journey and you WILL get there.
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