How Losing Weight Changed My Life

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At the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, I became unhappy with my appearance. Food was my best friend. I used it to cope with my emotions, usually ice cream or a chocolate bar did the trick. Whenever I went into the doctor for a regular check-up, she told me I was overweight which caused me to have high blood pressure. I never thought or did anything about it because I figured it was the muscle from athletics and weightlifting. The motivation to lose my weight came from several moments. Whether it was looking at a magazine, on vacation, or on television, I always saw a fit, trim, muscular people.

I decided it was time to shape up. Googling different diets, reading "Shape" magazine, and doing health research, I came across the South Beach Diet. This diet its a two-week detox of no carbohydrates, then adding fruits and grains back in at a gradual pace. Along with being on this diet plan, I did cardiovascular exercise four days a week and strength training three times a week. Losing 35 pounds changed my life. I have better self-esteem, am more energized, and have found a career to enter that best fits my interests.

Losing weight comes with a mental stability. You have to be positive. There is not any room for negativity when losing weight, or in life in general. I learned when losing weight, the weight goes up and down, and eventually comes off for good.Losing weight isn't impossible, even like it may seem like it at first. You will lose it and feel good about it. I am a women. I'm suppose to be independent, confident, and be able to do what makes me happy. Confidence is something I never had with myself. I always thought people were making fun of my appearance or what I was stuffing my face with. In my eyes, everyone seemed to be better than I was, which was self-degrading. I never did anything with friends because I was embarrassed to be in public. Trying on clothes was a disaster, and when summer rolled around, I was self-conscious of wearing a...
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