before and after

Let’s be real. Sometimes you have to diet to meet a specific goal.

You have to work your ass off to see the change.

You have to make sacrifices and be disciplined.

You have to say no to your favorite ice cream or chocolate cake.

You have to wake up early and get your workout in.

You have to stay up late meal prepping.

You have to find time for the gym in between school, work, and well.. life.

It all depends on you.

What’s your goal?

How bad do you want it?

Seeing as I turn 19 in 9 days I’ve decided to shed some light on the last year of my life.

When I turned 18 I decided that I wanted to take all actions to better myself. For me that meant changing my diet, exercising, and removing myself from less than helpful situations. After graduation I moved to Texas and on June 10th, 2016, the picture on the left was taken. In June I weighed 270.6 pounds. I wore a size 22w jeans and a 2XL t-shirt. I felt tired and unsatisfied with myself. I didn’t understand how I had almost managed to let myself become 300 pounds. Seeing that picture of myself really opened my eyes to the kind of future I would inevitably have if I didn’t make some type of change.

Fast forward 8 months to today and the picture on the right. Today, February 9th, 2017, I weigh 218.6 pounds. I wear a size 14 jeans and a medium t-shirt. I don’t feel tired or unsatisfied with myself. I’m down 52 pounds and I feel comfortable enough to wear crop tops and show my stomach. I don’t shop strategically: no more are the days of high waisted jeans and undershirts that contour. No more are the days of “man I wish I could wear that.” No more.

These are my family-friendly progress shots. The ones I wanted to post likely would’ve sent my dad into cardiac arrest and my aunt’s into yelling at me on the phone. However, the point of posting these pictures is to document my journey and share the pride that I feel when it comes to who I am and what I have managed to become this past year.

I’m not where I want to be but I’m not ashamed of where I am. // 9 Feb 2017

Today, I wore a crop top for the first time in public.

360lbs before. I want to say there’s about 165lb and three year difference here.

Even though I had been obese my entire life I knew the day I took this picture that I was going to succeed. Be a visionary. Think about who you want to be, not what you want to weigh. Adopt a healthy and active lifestyle and you’ll see the results physically. :)