It’s Throwback Thursday and I want to tell you a little story. For the longest time, I hated the girl on the left. She was insecure, self-conscious, and had no self esteem. She didn’t take care of herself. She was lazy, had terrible eating habits, and had no drive or motivation to change. She hid behind layers of clothing and jackets because she was ashamed of her body. She settled for what was and didn’t fight for her happiness. I look at that girl on the left now and have no idea who she is. That girl didn’t love herself at all. The girl on the right though, she’s a fighter. She is as able to dig deep and find the spark of hope to fight for the girl on the left. The girl on the right loves herself and sees the potential her future holds. She knows self love and knows how to fight for her happiness. She uses the previous insecurities that once were to make positive and long lasting changes each and every day. To quote Hogarth from The Iron Giant “You are who you choose to be”. Are you a quitter or are you a fighter? Will you let self-doubt rule you or will you fight for self-love? Choose the best version of you, even if she’s unimaginable, choose her, because she’s there. Remember, it’s you vs. you, so fight for the you that you love. 💕
Feb 2015 – Weight Loss Transformation Story of the Day: Shalik lost 71 pounds. After a few wakeup calls and a bad breakup, she took action to create a lifestyle that let her release the pounds. Here is what she shared with us…
I started this journey many years ago when I got on the scale at weight watchers and saw 266.6 pounds. Yes, I will always remember that .6 pounds. It was in that moment I realized that I’d “let myself go” and something needed to change. I started doing Weight Watchers and Zumba, dropped about 30 pounds and then my motivation stopped.
I was still teaching Zumba but my diet… that’s a story for another time. In the before photo, I weighed 238 pounds. I was teaching Zumba and thinking I was doing something. It wasn’t until the end of 2013 after a terrible breakup that I realized that in order for anyone to respect me, I need to respect myself. I started working out in my apartment and tracking my foods in myfitnesspal and dropped 8 pounds. It wasn’t until I started TurboFire and really developing a healthy relationship with food (eating 80% clean and fueling my body with the right amounts of the right foods) that I started to see a difference.
How did I change my eating habits and what did I stop or start eating?: I stopped eating so much junk. I also started tracking EVERYTHING I ate in Myfitnesspal. I stopped eating processed foods, artificial flavors and colors, most dairy, and soda. I also started drinking a gallon of water per day to ensure my body was being hydrated properly.
What was my starting weight and current weight?: My heaviest weight was 266.6 pounds, when I started this fitness journey. I didn’t get serious about the journey until I weighed 238. Currently, I weigh 195 pounds and feeling fantastic! Am I at my goal weight? No, but I’m proud of my accomplishment thus far. I’m 5’7″ tall.
How long has my transformation taken?: From the beginning, 4 years. Since I started getting serious, it’s been a little over a year (13 months).
What advice do I have for others who want to lose weight?: This journey isn’t about losing weight for others, it’s about you. Deciding to take a step forward in your fitness journey is one of the most rewarding decisions you will make. Not only will you lose weight on this journey, you will regain so much confidence and self-worth. Those two things are priceless but I promise you, they will be worth the pain, sweat, and tears.