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Happy Inside & Out

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Happy Inside & OutThroughout my childhood, I was considered a tomboy. I loved being a jock and played softball, basketball and volleyball in high school. The activity kept me at a healthy 165 pounds. In my senior year, I accepted a college softball scholarship.

When I signed on, the recruiter told me that if I lost a couple of pounds, I’d be faster and better on the field. Taking her advice, I lost the weight by making small changes in my diet. I replaced unnecessary fats like full-fat salad dressing and junk food with healthier fare. By the time I started college, I was 10 pounds lighter, stronger and competing harder than ever before.

In college, I kept working out and eating healthfully, and as the pounds came off people complimented me on my appearance. They started to notice me as a pretty girl, not just as an athlete. This motivated me to lose more weight. My goal was to wear a size 7 by any means. As the pounds dropped off, my friends became concerned about my weight, which affected my relationships with them. My performance on the field suffered: I didn’t have the strength to play as hard as I had before.

I went home after my first semester away at college, and my mother burst into tears when she saw me. At 135 pounds, I was thin and unhealthy looking, but thought I looked great. My family had nothing nice to say about my new appearance. It wasn’t until I visited a teacher from high school that I realized I had a problem. He told me frankly that it looked like I had an eating disorder and needed professional help. I consulted an eating-disorders counselor who diagnosed me as borderline anorexic. With help from him and a nutritionist who specialized in eating disorders, I faced the issues that triggered my weight loss. I learned that I didn’t have to look perfect to be worthy of my family and friends’ support. I just had to be me.

Over the next two years, I healthfully regained the weight I’d lost. When I finished college, I was back up to 180 pounds. Based on my height and body type, I wasn’t overweight, yet I wasn’t in shape either. I joined a gym and started working out four to five times a week. Two months later, I was leaner and stronger. I ate three balanced meals a day and didn’t obsess over calories or fat grams. Then, for a break from my regular cardio routine, I took a group cycling class and was immediately hooked. In fact, I now teach two cycling classes a week. I love inspiring my students to push themselves to do their best.

I’m now at 170 pounds and in the best shape of my life. It’s wonderful knowing I can eat well and not have to worry about gaining weight. As long as I exercise and eat in moderation, I’ll be fine. I may be a “big girl,” but I’m also healthy, strong and athletic. Most importantly, I’m happy with who I am, both on the inside and outside.

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Originally posted 2012-11-21 18:28:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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