Update: Get Fit or Get Fat Founder Iriel wrote in to share an update of her progress. She’s lost even more weight for a total of 110+ lbs gone. She is super transparent about her journey and truly wants to motivate others to change their lifestyle. To read more about her journey, check out this post.
Why did I start? Because I was tired of hearing, “You’re pretty for a big girl.” I was also tired of hiding my fat behind huge handbags and pretending to be okay with the unhealthy way I chose to live my life. The first couple of times I tried, I failed. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t losing weight because I was working out (then after the workout I’d go to Popeye’s). I finally started because I realized that there was so much more that I could accomplish if I did it the right way. I didn’t care about how many pounds I’d lose, but I knew that being over 300 lbs was affecting my health. I remember stepping on the scale and seeing 308, and stepping off thinking it was broken. I didn’t get on another scale for a very long time after that because I was afraid to face reality.
Now, I don’t step on the scale often, only because I don’t care how much I weigh or how many pounds I’ve lost (But for the record, I’ve lost 110+ lbs). As long as I see physical changes, and my clothes fit better, that’s all that matters. I started @getfitorgetfat to inspire and motivate others….to show them that losing weight, and getting healthier can be done. Sure, I know how much I’ve lost, and how much I weigh, but that number doesn’t define me. There are a lot of factors in my life that could prevent me from reaching my goals, or that can make me want to give up, but I won’t. I can’t. If I don’t feel like working out one day, I make sure that whatever I put in my mouth is completely within the guidelines of what I should be eating. I’m not perfect, and I don’t workout 7 days a week. What I do is remain transparent to show you that YOU CAN achieve a sustainable transformation. Don’t put a deadline on your goals. Just go for them.