In 2009, I was in college and the heaviest I had ever been. God damn you Busch Light. After years and years of trying, working out, dieting, and fluctuating weight, I have finally reached a point where I am happy. My total weight lost is about 50 pounds.
Back then I really didn’t feel as big as I looked. I actually felt pretty dope like 75% of the time. But weight was always in the back of my mind. I got down on myself sometimes, but mostly I was really confident. Confidence is everything. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that you’re beautiful. If you feel beautiful (and you should), you work that shit. Looking at these photos side by side really blows my mind. I struggled with weight since probably 1st grade. I never thought i’d see the day that i’d be buying size 2 jeans instead of size 12. But here I am. I didn’t do it for society’s standards. Fuck your “normal” BMI. I did it because I wanted to be healthier and feel better. Anyone can make changes if they work hard. But just remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you want to change, you should do it for you.
Obviously, I got to where I am today with diet and exercise. There truly is no other way if you want lasting results. There are some programs out there that are total gimmicks and will tell you otherwise. I remember one time, my mom and I did a diet where we ate nothing but bananas and cabbage soup. That one definitely didn’t work.
When I first got serious about losing weight, Weight Watchers really gave me the jump start I needed. It truly is one of the most practical programs out there. After I lost about 25 pounds with Weight Watchers, I moved on to something simpler. I used the Lose It App for iPhone. Its a simple, free calorie tracker and with that I was able to lose even more weight. When I only had about 15 pounds to go, I decided to do the Bikini Body Workouts. If you read my first blog post, you will find out why I don’t recommend it. The workouts were great and I was able to gain some nice muscle tone, but the diet totally messed my body up.
Basically, weight loss is simple. Expend more calories than you consume. The rest is all about will-power, motivation, and determination to change. If you can practice those three things every day, you’ll be exactly where you want to be.