For every birthday, as long as I can remember, I would see the cake coming towards me, and I always had the same wish in mind; that somehow, some way, I would wake up the next morning and the weight would just magically be lifted from my shoulders. This was a weight that not only limited me physically, but also took an ugly toll on my social and emotional well being. I could not live my life to the fullest whilst constantly being dragged down by my weight insecurities.
When I reached the age of 23, my weight had spiraled so out of control that I didn’t know how or where to start. I felt hopeless and doomed to a life trapped in a body that was no longer my own. I finally I decided to stop praying.. wishing.. and hoping that I would loose the weight and actually DO something about it! I joined the fitness asylum in 2014 and have never looked back. Since, I have a lost a total of 118 pounds.
When I first began my weight loss journey, my goals were centered around me. I wanted to lose the weight. I wanted to feel better about myself. I wanted to increase my strength and my endurance. But now my dreams have truly become connected to the people of this community. Being a part of something greater than myself has been so incredibly rewarding. I can and will continue to set new fitness goals for myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. I want to set the precedent, that no goal is unobtainable if you work hard and believe in yourself. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy fix via birthday cake wishes; but being around the most supportive and encouraging group of people makes the journey less daunting.
Building a body that makes me feel healthy, strong, and confident has been worth every box jump, every declined invitation to a bar, and every piece of cold chicken eaten from a plastic bag. Your body is a vessel that is capable of such incredible change, you just have to be willing to try.
I am so appreciative of this program, the FA staff, and the FA community. I am who I have always wanted to be, and for that I am eternally grateful.