“You’re disgusting, how could you let yourself get this bad?”
These are the words that started my first weight loss journey back in 2011. I hated my body, and in some ways, I agreed with my father. I knew that if I wanted to feel accepted, I needed to lose weight. 9 months later, I was down 110 pounds. I was showered in compliments, I started dating, and I’d thought everything was how it should’ve been. What I hadn’t realized was how I would feel deep down about myself. I hated who I was. I’d fooled everyone except the mirror. I hated my body due to excessive loose skin from rapid weight loss without toning. I didn’t accept myself like those around me had and within a year, I had gained a majority of my weight back.
Fast forwarding to 2016, I took a few years finding myself, accepting who I am and loving my body no matter my size. I rejoined my old gym and started over, this time losing weight to help peruse a personal goal and not for anyone else. After hearing about FBBC from multiple close friends, I decided to give it a shot to help tone and to learn new ways to improve my body. Shortly after joining I decided to start this 12-week challenge. During these past 12 weeks I was able to drop almost 22lbs, 4% body fat, and a total of 12.25 inches.
The support and knowledge I’ve received has surpassed what I could have ever expected. My goal is to, one day, run a marathon for cancer survivors in support of my mom. If I’ve learned anything from my journeys, it’s that before, I was losing weight for acceptance, but now that I accept myself no matter my body, I lose weight to achieve my goals.