I grew up dancing and playing soccer, but once I went to university, those activities fell to the wayside. I never really enjoyed going to the gym-mostly because I didn't know what the heck I was doing-and my eating habits were atrocious.
I'd start the day with a French vanilla cappuccino, and an apple fritter or donut. Then, for lunch, I'd have a sandwich or pizza, with a sugar-y juice instead of water. Later, during my break, I'd snack on a muffin or cookie. For dinner, I'd maybe eat some vegetables or protein, but then I'd snack on cereal throughout the night.
Still, I was thin, so nobody was saying "you're unhealthy" or pressuring me to change.
One day, I noticed I got winded just running to the bus.
I remember thinking, "How did I get to this point? This is so bad."
I also noticed my body changing: I was softer in some areas, skinnier in others, and my butt was going south. I remember thinking, "How is my butt getting saggier?!" I was 21 years old. When I went to the doctor, they told me I had high cholesterol, too.
Finally, when I graduated, I decided I needed to get in shape again. Sure, I wanted to make my butt look better-but not being able to jog without getting winded also made me feel disappointed in myself.
I started out just doing cardio, but eventually I made my way to a gym where I started taking classes. In class, I was basically forced to do all the things I usually avoided-like pushups or upper-body exercises, which were such a struggle. But eventually, I started to get better, which fired up my competitive nature, and I started challenging myself to do more weight training.
My first few trips to the weights room were intimidating, but I'd try to go in with a plan to make myself feel more confident. I'd search for workouts and look up videos online, and write them down so I could go in and feel like I knew what I was doing.