Well, we all have our fat stories to share, and I’ve decided to share mine, no matter how I cringe at those old, tubby pictures.
When I was really young, I was extremely thin just for being young. At 13, I’d eat like crazy but never gain a pound because I was still growing and staying active. As soon as I turned 16, however, I stopped growing upwards, and started growing sideways. Even at a whopping 155lbs, I never stopped my 13-year-old eating habits, and became very sedentary, sitting at the computer all afternoon writing soap operas about the popular people in my high school, eating slices of bread with peanut butter like they were popcorn. After I saw the picture above, the day of my high school graduation, I was so disappointed with myself I knew I had to change.
First I started out small, eating smaller portion sizes. I hated working out so much, I figured I’d just cut back on the junk food and I’d be alright. Not so. Once I got to college, I sucked it up and got a gym membership with a friend, and we started going regularly. Shortly there after, my weight fluctuated between 130-140. I tired of the gym after about a year, and turned to work out dvds like Jillian Michaels and Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home workouts.
I started eating healthier overall during the week, with oatmeal or eggs for breakfast, a granola bar a couple hours after that, a salad or lean cuisine for lunch, a yogurt as a snack before dinner, and finally maybe a salad and some ground turkey meat for dinner. I found that it helps to eat every two to three hours, especially if you’re like me with intense cravings for everything costly to your firgure–chips and M&M’s namely. I also started taking a supplement called All Day Slim to help with the cravings, and it’s really helped to suppress my appetite after eating small portions and not feeling full. I’m pretty skeptical with supplements, and somehow avoided them all through my chubby days, but since it’s all natural, I decided to give it a shot, and it’s helped keep me at a steady 128lbs ever since.
So all in all, working out and eating sporadic meals, I feel, is the best way to go. Good meals, that is. Dipping bits of bread into a huge tub of peanut butter as a “snack” is not something I’d recommend.