i’m a twentysomething full-time student, living in los angeles. my body has experienced nearly every part of the spectrum from fat to fit. i was heavy into sports as a kid—martial arts, basketball, baseball, skateboarding, roller hockey. you name it, and i probably practiced/played it competitively or dabbled in it for fun.
post-middle school, i dropped athletics and completely shifted my focus towards my other passions: the arts and entertainment. i traded my cleats, mouth guard and sports bras for paintbrushes, cameras and a sewing machine. the halt in physical activity caused a 60+ pound weight gain throughout my first two years of high school, and by the time i graduated, i was over 200 pounds.
i’m no stranger to weight loss. since graduating from high school, i’ve been up and down the scale. my lowest being a fit, toned 160lbs—which, at 5’2.5”, is still on the heavy side, but i liked it. and my highest being 226lbs, which is where i was sitting at the top of 2012.
in any case, i made the decision to start this journey again because i miss my fit body and what it could do. i miss my flexibility, my stamina, my agility, my strength. and on a more vain note—as a clothes-horse, i miss being able to wear what i want to wear, and feeling good in it.
i know this process will be challenging, as it always is—requiring a lot of determination and discipline on my part. but i’m psyched and ready and pacified by the commitment i made to myself that this will be the last time i’ll ever have to lose an exorbitant amount of weight.