Being Hot And Healthy

Being Hot And Healthy

Many of you might not know this but in 2011 I made one of the biggest lifestyle changes of my life. Growing up I was always bigger than others, taller then others and just stood out. I tried to embrace my height as a good thing but really, it's never fun being the tallest girl in life, or the chubbiest. Don't get me wrong I was always active and did sports, extracurricular activities and still had great confidence in myself but deep down my weight always bugged me. I grew up being a competitive swimmer, from the age of 4 when I moved to Arizona from Palm Springs to the age of 18, I swam every summer on our community Swim Team , The Lakes in Tempe. I did some year round swimming when I got into middle school and then joined onto my high school swim team at Marcos de Niza High School. Swimming was my life, and thank goodness I love it so much because if I didn't have that I don't know where I would be growing up. I found the water as my outlet and when I put in hard work, results would always pay off. I ended my swimming career as my High School Team's Captain and decided I was going to take a break after the 14 years of continuous swimming and enjoy college to be free to do whatever I wanted. I started at Arizona State University the following fall and loved it, and lucky for me I didn't pack on the typical "freshman 15." It wasn't until I was a sophomore in college that things started taking a different turn. I turned 21 in 2010 and like most 21 year olds I went out like crazy. We probably spent a good 2 years going out consistently multiple times a week, which for people who aren't even remotely watching what they eat or doing any physical exercise is horrible. It was in 2011 that my oldest cousin let us know that he would be getting married in Hawaii the following Summer, this was my "AH-Ha" moment I guess you could say. I remember looking at pictures of myself or just in the mirror and not liking what I saw, I knew it was the heaviest I had ever been in my life and had no idea how I let it spin out of control like that. I made a vow that by the time we went to Hawaii for the wedding I would try and lose 50 pounds and in general take better care of myself. I took it seriously, very seriously, and thank the lord I have a roommate who was willing to throw the easy mac and hot pockets away in exchange for fresh veggies and home cooked meals. I had a great support system but I knew the change had to come from me. I started it with just changing my eating habits, I started counting my calories with MyFitnessPal and literally changed everything I ate. No more fast food, late food, pre made food. I started cooking dinner every night (it's definitely improved my cooking skills immensely! not to toot my own horn or anything) but the pounds started to slowly come off more and more and more until I hit a plateau at about 50 pounds. I then knew that I would need to incorporate some sort of physical activity to continue this amazing journey now that I had my eating under control. I worked at PayPal at the time and lucky for us they had an in house gym I started working out every single day after work, just doing the elliptical to be honest because I knew for me Cardio was what was going to help me the most. I also started walking Kiwanis Park with my mom after my workouts and some days heading to the old pool my summer team used to swim in and I felt amazing. I ended up losing 70 pounds before the wedding in 2012, I felt amazing about myself and I knew I did this all on my own, no special crazy diet or pill or surgery, I did this all on my own. It will always be an ongoing process and a battle I will deal with for the rest of my life but I know the keys to success and I know how to maintain the success I've already had. I wouldn't be human if I said I haven't had any slips, I have gained some weight back over the last 2 years since the wedding but I am always a work in progress. I have recently started getting back on the fitness wagon and getting my groove back. I know it can be so hard to stay motivated to go to the gym when it's so hot out but the feeling you get after a good work out is worth every bit of it. I challenge any of you who are not happy with their weight to try something new, the pounds don't go away over night trust me but if you have patience and have the drive to put in the hard work, I promise results will show. I am an open book so if you have questions or need tips etc. Let me know I'd be glad to help you on your journey too! :)

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