I suddenly liked to go for runs, ride my bike and swim.
I have struggled with weight problems since I went through puberty. It felt as if I was a skinny kid one day and then a chubby teenager the next. My parents both worked full-time jobs. They were rarely at home. I was clueless how to get in better shape. I wasn’t eating right or involved in any type of sports or physical activity. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I found the courage and determination to make some changes. The college offered free nutritional counselling. That’s where I learned how to eat healthy. I started introducing new food groups into my diet and eliminating bad habits. I quit drinking coffee and soda and switched to green tea and water. I stopped eating fast food and developed a taste for fresh fruits and vegetables. The nutritionist suggested that I sign up with a personal trainer. This was also free through a school program. I met with the trainer at the school’s gym four times per week. It was difficult. After the sessions, I was so stiff and sore that I could barely walk up the stairs to my dorm room. However, the trainer was really encouraging and I stuck with it. I still remember the first time I looked in the mirror and saw a difference in my body. All of a sudden I had muscle tone. I could see definition in my arms and legs. I gradually increase my flexibility and stamina. I suddenly liked to go for runs, ride my bike and swim. I gained confidence and set more challenging goals. Since college, I have made my health and fitness a priority. I workout every day and feel great.