About two years ago, I was very unhappy with my body, and wanted to become a healthier person. I had terrible habits because I would go to school all day, and work all night, and barely got any sleep. Of course, I wanted to lose weight, because just about any high school girl thinks they're fat, even if they aren't.
I found out about the 21 Day Fix from my work manager, Haley, and saw the immediate results she was receiving, as well as the other girls she was "coaching." I messaged Haley and told her I wanted to start, and she put me in a Facebook group with the members who had already started, and we all started sharing experiences about why wanted to start our journey into becoming healthier. It really helped knowing that I had a group of people who were sharing similar struggles with me, and that they would be there to cheer me on and keep me accountable, which is why previous diets and routines didn't work for me.
With the 21 Day Fix, you receive containers marked with what foods you portion them with, and tons of guides to see where your current weight can turn into a healthier size by limiting certain calories and foods. It also comes with daily workout videos and schedules to keep you in line with the 21 days.
Having a strict diet of certain foods is hard in general, but because I am sort of a picky eater, it was even harder to find which foods I could eat. I typically ate turkey sausage, kale, raw spinach, and fruit. The workouts were extremely hard, but became easier the more I did them.
This picture is from my junior prom, right before I started the 21 Day Fix. I was extremely unhappy with the way I looked, so starting the program was really exciting. My dad also struggled with weight, so he decided to take action as well, and we went on a health journey together. It was extremely hard, especially because my dad saw a weight loss doctor and was put on medication to help his weight loss, and could eat what he wanted, whereas I had to cook every night and meal plan for the entire week on Sunday's. I stuck with it, though, and managed to make progress.
This picture was towards the end of my journey, and being able to see results was so rewarding. I was finally comfortable with the way I looked, and even managed to wear a crop top to show my newly flattened stomach. The jeans I am wearing in the photo were purchased as a goal before I started; they were two sizes too small, and I was determined to fit into them. I was able to not only fit in them, but tone my body to where the waist was even smaller than I imagined. The confidence I felt after taking this picture was awesome, and I had the guts to post in on social media and let everyone know how amazing I felt.
The finale, my new and improved body was able to wear a spaghetti strapped dress with confidence. In total, I lost ten pounds, and toned my arms, stomach, and legs. Even now, I see the definition in my arms that I struggled to get during the 21 days, and am so proud of myself.
Now, I am back into my insecure rut, and want so badly to feel how I did when I looked like the picture above. I want to be able to wear something that isn't loose without feeling the need to suck in. I want to have killer legs, and toned arms. I want to be healthy again. So, with that being said, I want to start again, and be as committed as ever. I let the "freshman 15" get the best of me, and now that I'm a sophomore, I need to start not only thinking about my future, but my healthy decisions as well.