yes it is true. Back in middle school I had a VERY rough few years. This was difficult for me mentally, emotionally but also physically. I played sports all throughout my teen and preteen years and I was never the fastest kid on the team, or the quickest. My dad was the coach of my soccer teams growing up and I was often put in goal, well because I was a damn good goalie (DUH because I was NOT fast, and I took up a great space at that goal!)
I never ate crappy, unhealthy food too often, but I think my problem was a) genetics , my mom who is a very petite small woman at 13 herself, was a bit overweight and 'plump' so I had genetics NOT in my favor and also I LOVED to eat. Don't get me wrong, I love to eat now, BUT i really loved to eat. I didn't know anything about portion control and that was my biggest problem.
Here is a picture of me at 13 years old, with my brother who also was a prior 'plump one' for lack of better terms
And this is ROCK bottom. Scary I know. This is actually me. (on the far left)
And again at 14
I started learning more about portion control and eating smaller meals throughout the entire day. When High School hit, I also picked up my workouts a LOT. My mom introduced me to Golds Gym and I lived there! I was a two season athlete playing both Field hockey and I did crew (rowing) for 2 years. When I was not playing sports, You could find me at Golds after school!
I became a avid Spinner, spinning twice a week with my dad and I also loved weight training. Everything about fitness and working out intrigued me and I was always picking up the latest magazine or subscribing to all different nutrition magazines and publications. My parents helped me a TON. They, being crazy, fitness people themselves started working out with me, and it became such a strong memory of mine. To this day, I LOVE working out with my parents. They are my motivators and biggest inspirations.
My Love for fitness and nutrition brought into the field I work today. I studied exercise science in college, and have a minor in nutrition. Right now I am ACSM certified personal trainer and work as an exercise specialist for a corporate fitness center. I love what I do and I love giving the gift of health to others. I certainly practice what I preach and don't go a day without exercise (whether it be mental or physical exercise!)
Junior year of Highschool with one of my best friends at our Junior Prom, slimmed down a bit!
Ah the college years which acutally were VERY good to me. I have no issues with peer pressure or food control when It comes to food, some people think I am acutally crazy! But in the cafeteria, I would NEVER touch the unhealthy mystery foods, fried, battered, baked crap that lots of college kids have issues avoiding (then the dreaded freshman 15 occurs) for me, I found myself In college. I was so good about portion control and food choices, that I acutally LOST weight during my 4 years there. I also LOVED my college's gym, so I spent LOTS of time there, as you can imagine!
and this is me now, with my brother and father (taken summer 2008)
Me and my mom taken end of summer 2008
scary pic of me taken a few weeks ago for my new Mac...so sorry about the close up!
Anyways, that is my journey form going to prior fat girl, to normal sized, athletic, healthy gal now!
I wanted to share my Journey with you all in a nutshell!
*Do any of you have weight loss stories or a story in which you had come such a long way to where you are now, that makes you the healthy, foodie you are??* I would LOVE to hear your story!!**
I GET TO EAT SOON I CANNOT WAIT! PICS WILL BE TAKEN!!