I think it is safe to say this past year has been eye opening and life-changing for a lot of us. The first week of March 2020, I got a gym membership right before a pandemic truly took over our lives. With being given all the time in the world inside, I realized how once I graduated highschool and started college, I really did not care about my physical health. I was so scared of the “Freshman 15” but I ended up getting sick and losing weight my freshman year. But over sophomore year I gained close to 50 lbs. I didn’t even notice it, it was gradual. I did not realize eating everything in sight in a college cafeteria would do so much damage to my body. I did not realize how blind I was to ignoring my physical health, which in turn, greatly impacted my mental health. When I look at the photos of me even a year ago I honestly see a different person.
I have lost a little over 16 lbs in the past year and I can honestly say my life has changed. By simply giving myself 30 minutes a day, my holistic health looks different, my body looks different, my mindset looks different and my life looks different. Some days it comes really easy and some days it seems like an impossible mission, but living in this virtual world has pushed me to step away from a screen and truly invest in myself. I used to make fun of “fitness junkies” or “gym people” but now I truly understand and consider myself a fitness fan. I say that because now, I think about what workouts I can do from home, or how much water I should be drinking, or how much sleep I need. What I will also say is that it’s a balance. Sometimes it is really hard for me to look at photos of myself the past two years. However, I know looking at them serve as a reminder of how far I have come. Those pictures remind myself of how I can make choices daily to truly make my life better. There are also so many things I have learned along the way. I have learned to love my body despite its limitations. But at the same time I have loved pushing myself and seeing how I am capable of so much more than I thought. Yes, I am on a “weight-loss journey” but in reality, I am on a holistic wellness journey where I look forward to choosing myself and loving myself while enjoying the process.
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