I've been away for a while. Working. Growing. Trying to better myself. Striving every day to improve who I am and how I care for myself.
Five years ago, I graduated nursing school. A combination of poor dietary choices, school, working in the food industry and general laziness resulted in me gaining weight. A lot of weight. At my biggest, I was a size 36, weighing in at almost 255 pounds. I wasn't happy--my clothes fit terribly. My endurance and cardiovascular health were suffering. My blood pressure was slowly climbing upward alongside the numbers on the scale... So I decided to make a change. At first, I did well. I lost twenty pounds. And then immediately fell back into the trap of rewarding myself for all of my hard work. Within a few months, I was nearly back to where I had been previously. I was disappointed in myself for giving in so easily.
This past year, I decided I'd had enough. I decided it was time to go all in. So starting last June, I began working harder. Harder than I ever have. I pushed myself in the gym. Challenged myself to eat healthier. Drink less alcohol. Eat fewer processed goods. Watch my calories and choose the right foods more often.
It sucked at first. I was miserable. I missed my old diet. Cookies. Candy. Beer. All of it. But as the results slowly started to come from all of the discipline and hard work, I realized why all of the suffering and misery was worth it.
The last three photos are from earlier this month. I'm happy to say that I've reached 199 pounds, a size 30, and under 10% body fat. At 29, I'm officially in better shape than I ever have been in my life. And I'm finally confident enough to share it with the world.
And no, this post isn't to brag about what I've done. This post is to inspire others to see that it's never too late to turn your life around and better yourself. I did it. So can you. Never give up. Never give in. And always strive to be the best version of yourself.
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