It started last summer, about 10 months ago, when I was looking in the mirror. I completely broke down at what I saw. At 21 years old and tipping 200 lbs, I didn’t even want to look at myself. I felt unhealthy, I felt depressed, and I was not proud of the way I looked. Now let me reassure you, by no means do I let others opinions of the way I look affect me – but this time it was me, my own self, who had negative things to say about myself image. That day I new it was time to change. I began by writing a note on my mirror, one I will never forget, to remind myself of why I was doing this. “Do it for every time you cried, for every time you wanted to be better, do it because you can.” I began cleaning up the way I ate- cutting out soda, most juices, and just finding healthy alternatives. At first I thought it was going to be horrible, I mean seriously Pizza is my favorite food and I’m just not willing to give up my favorites in life, but it really wasn’t bad at all. I was introduced to a whole new variety of food and I began FEELING better. I also then started my gym journey. I went to the gym only 3 times a week and began with small steps. Eventually I worked up to 4 days a week making my workouts more intense. I was also blessed to have very supportive best friends who always encouraged me and even endured workouts with me. I met trainers who taught me more and fed me motivation every week. I began boxing with my current trainer Kenny which sparked a flame that hadn’t been there in a long time. I felt strong, I felt accomplished, I felt like a fighter. On days I want to give up I remember how far I have come. I remember how I used to feel and how in love with my body I am now. At 150 lbs It still needs work, but I’m getting there and I am enjoying every step of this journey. Surrounded with support at the gym, I know I’ve got this, and to all the big girls out there…YOU GOT THIS TOO.