For the longest time, I've always been self conscious about my weight. Growing up, I've never been stick skinny, I've always been tall and what my family used to say, "big-boned". I always wanted to be "skinny". Before, skinny to me meant to look like those pretty on TV. As I got older, my views and goals on how I wanted my body to look changed. I wanted to be fit and toned. Back in 2013, I was actually working at 24 Hour Fitness and decided to work towards competing in a bikini fitness competition. During this time, I felt like the only way I could achieve this "fit" look was to get a coach and work towards this goal. During this time, I was also starting my journey to get my bachelors degree in nursing. Let me tell you, this was tough. Prepping for a fitness competition while going to nursing school full time took a toll on me emotionally and physically. I was carb deprived, moody, and tired all the time. But I wanted to be "fit" so I kept pushing at it. But the stress of nursing school was too much for me and I told my coach that I needed a break, and maybe after school was done, I'd come back to prepping for a competition again. I was such on a strict diet while on prep that once I stopped prepping, I kinda let myself go and literally ate anything I wanted without introducing carbs back into my diet in moderation, which is what I was told is the right way, to avoid rebound weight gain since I was barely eating any carbs. At the end of nursing school, I was overweight, didn't liked how I looked and tired all the time. I told myself that after I finished school, I was going to start taking steps in getting my fitness back on track. I believe it now when people say that your fitness journey is really a marathon and not a race. Results don't happen overnight. Since graduating nursing school in 2015, I've been working towards being the best version of myself. It wasn't always easy to just be motivated all the time. Trust me, I felt like I "started over" or I told myself multiple times, "Diet starts on Monday". Lol. One thing I know, is that I didn't give up and I didn't stop working towards my goals. I've always been shy and embarrassed to post a before and after picture, so here it goes. Lol, don't judge.
The left picture was 5 months before I graduated nursing school and the picture on the right was taken April 29, 2017. This is the result of consistently going to the gym, doing weight training 3x a week and doing 30-40 mins of cardio 5x a week with two rest days, and being consistent with making healthier choices when it comes to eating. Sometimes I miss a cardio day here and there but thats okay or I eat ice cream or a slice of pizza and thats okay also. I just keep going. I am not at my goal yet, but progress is progress. I'm definitely enjoying the process and this fitness journey. I'm not prepping for a competition, I am just doing this for my own health. If this can motivate someone to keep pushing and work towards their goals of becoming the best version of themselves, then I'm all for it even if I'm shy and embarrassed about posting this before and after. Lol. Oh well, I hope this just motivates and inspires you guys. :) Wherever you guys are in your fitness journey, I just want to say, don't stop pushing yourselves. Your future self will thank you. Sometimes we are so focused on the end result that we forget to see how far we've come along. 2017 is the year of working towards bettering ourselves. Let's get it!