I’m a skinny girl in a chubby girl’s body, it’s time for the rest of the world to see her too. This is my story.
My whole life I have been overweight. I was a chubby kid that got made fun of in elementary and middle school. I grew up with my family making comments on how I needed to lose weight. I have tried everything from diets, suits, and one summer I even limited myself to having two small meals a day. I have never tried anorexia or bulimia, and I never want to. I have had some drops where I’ve lost some weight but I always gain it back. Since my teens I’ve been on average 160. If I gained weight i went up to 170 or if I lost it I’d be 150. Since then, I have never been under 150lbs, under a large size in clothes, or under size 12 jeans. Being heavy is in my genetics, and I come from a Mexican family where food plays a major role. It doesn’t matter what’s in it, as long as it tastes good. Add the fact that I also grew up in America where a fast food restaurant, a vending machine, or the next unhealthy option is 5 feet away.
In the spring of 2010 I started at a new university where a convenience store was on site. It was open from 7:30 am to midnight. It was full of chips, candy, ice cream, sodas, frozen meals among other unhealthy items. Having a resident meal plan made it easier to make poor choices. Throw in an inactive lifestyle. When I went home that summer and realized the weight gain, I began looking into healthier options. But aside from drinking more water and avoiding sugary drinks, not much changed. In the summer of 2011, I reached my highest weight, 180lbs. That was it for me. I realized I had to make a change. That fall semester I began making better choices, eating breakfast, not eating late at night and working out. In late September I was weighed and I was at 177. Although it was not much, it was a victory for me. With school and work, working out was in the back burner by mid October but the healthy eating remained.
In January I got weighed for the first time since September. I was sure I had gained since it was after the holidays. The scale read 171, a weight I had not been since 2010. I was almost sure the scale was broken. But a week later I was weighed at the doctor’s office and it read the same thing. I believe that is the result of healthy choices.
I am more motivated than ever!
Now I’m at a different university that is bigger, therefore I walk more. I don’t live on campus so I don’t spend money on food and I make my own lunch with healthy foods. And now I will start working out everyday at the school’s rec center.
I’ve been following blogs about HEALTHY living and HEALTHY weight loss here on Tumblr. I’m ready to not worry if clothes fit ok or not and wear what ever I want.
Heart failure and diabetes run in my family. In order to avoid them I know I have to make a lifestyle change. For 20 years I have been living an unhealthy life, and I hope that for the next 20+ years I change that.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask!