It’s been 3 long years on my fitness journey. This journey has many different stages physically and mentally, but one things for sure you’ll look back at your before picture, and tell your body “I love you and thanks for coming this long way.” It’s not easy, but by sharing this I hope to inspire someone to not give up. My mother hates when I use this photo for comparison because she knows how criticizing people can be but leave that for the girl in 2013 to care what people thought/think. I’ve worked hard to become the person I am now, and I share this to inspire/motivate others that it is possible and the body is fascinating with what it can transform to. I’ve still got some work to do but for now happy #transformationtuesday ! God bless, rooting for ya! & a thanks to those who shared their journey and lit a flame for inspiration in others and I ❤

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It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a progress pic! So here’s what I look like after being vegan for 2 ½ years :D For those of you who have been following me for a while, yes, I’m STILL tryna hit those that hunnid milestone. Yes, it’s been almost 3 years. But I haven’t lost hope! I actually haven’t weighed myself in a long while, mainly because I’m focusing more on getting strong and noticing how my clothes fit better. I’ve also been challenging myself to try new workouts that used to intimidate me, like crossfit or HIT (high interval training, aka running and then sprinting and then running until you die) and while I still can’t say I love running, I can say it’s gotten a hell of a lot easier now that I don’t have a third-grader hanging on my bones! 

Before: July 2014          After: February 2017       Total Weight Lost: -85lbs

Goal: -100lbs           Left to lose: 25lbs

I hardly remember the girl in the before picture, but I don’t want to forget her. I don’t want to forget what it was like to feel like a prisoner in my own body. The pain, the powerlessness to change. Change is slow and getting started is hard, but it’s possible when broken down into tiny manageable habits. If you’ve never struggled with obesity, it’s easy to think you just need to muster up a little discipline and put down the fork, but you’re wrong. It’s so much more complex than that. There’s a reason why 95% of those who lose regain it and it’s not because they’re lazy. We probably judge ourselves more than you because we’ve all been taught that it’s our fault. I’m working really hard to have compassion for myself – then and now –and for those who share the burden of obesity. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But it doesn’t make us bad or lazy or stupid, it makes us sick. and I’m sick of a culture that believes otherwise and marginalizes people who are trying and failing despite their other achievements. Sorry to go off on a tangent, but this disconnect in understanding and compassion pains me. I am strong willed and determined and pursue my dreams with vigor, but when it comes to this, if I let my guard down, I’ll be back there in an instant. Seriously, eff obesity, but more than that, eff anyone who doesn’t have compassion for those of us who are up against it. Excuse my language, it’s the only word that feels appropriate this morning. Keep fighting the good fight babes and never give up. Happy Humpday 🐫

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Transformation Tuesday - 206 vs. 164.
2010 vs. 2017
It’s been a long journey and I’ve learned a lot in the process. I’m not done yet and I will keep pushing myself to be better, to do more and to grow. 🌱
That’s all you can ever do really… The time will pass anyway. Your life will go on. Make change, make progress and learn more about yourself. Don’t get frustrated if it takes longer than you’d like or if you have to restart (again and again).

Find your adventure and be who you want to be. The only person who can make this happen, is you. 😄

Work hard. Venture on. 💪🏞️

I know it’s a little late but in honor of Coming Out Day here’s a comparison. The left was when I came out to everyone four and a half years ago at a school assembly. The right is from today. I wouldn’t be where I am on the right if it wasn’t for the person on the left not letting people dictate her decisions anymore. Coming out changed my life for the better. Happy National Coming Out Day.

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TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY!

Most couples get together and get “fat and happy”. My boyfriend and I got together and did the exact opposite, got fit and healthy! But of course–still very, very happy. :D

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What Aleppo, Syria looked like before the civil war

Before Syria’s ruinous civil war struck Aleppo, the country’s largest city was a busy commercial powerhouse and a proud historic center – its long heritage on display in ancient landmarks still used by modern day traders, travelers or worshippers.

But the war that erupted across Syria in 2011 exploded into Aleppo in the summer of 2012, when rebel fighters took over the east of the city.

The rebels hoped their march into Aleppo marked the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad, while the government in Damascus pledged to swiftly drive them out.

Neither side achieved those goals, and the war in Aleppo dragged on more than four years. As the fighting ground on, Aleppo became the biggest prize of the civil war, even as the city itself crumbled under air strikes from government forces and bombardment by both sides.

Sections of the medieval souq, or market, have been ruined or burnt down, and the 11th century minaret at the Umayyad mosque was destroyed three years ago.

Modern structures have also suffered. The Shahba shopping mall on the outskirts of the city has closed – taken over by various insurgent groups during different phases of the fighting around Aleppo.

The Baron Hotel, whose guest list included Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey; British colonial officer T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia; and King Faisal of Syria and Iraq, found itself abandoned on the front line.

Now the Syrian army, backed by Assad’s Russian and Iranian allies, has recaptured the city. But Aleppo is changed. Much is in ruins, and much has been lost – surviving only in pictures and memories. (Dominic Evans/Reuters)

(Photos: Ihlow/ullstein bild via Getty Images, Eric Laffourge/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images, DEA / C. SAPPA/De Agostini/Getty Images, AFP/GettyImages, DEA / C. SAPPA/De Agostini/Getty Images)

See more images from before the war on Yahoo News.

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