Transformation Tuesday: Ten years in the making

In honor of the “how has aging treated you?” post that is going around, I finally decided to join along and share my story.

Above is a picture of me, this morning at 28 years and 11 months old. Even though I am close to entering my last year of being in my 20’s, people have a tendency to ask me what college I plan on going to and gasp when I say my age. I’m flattered that the average age they think I am is 19, but Lawwwwd let me tell you, I am thankful to be out of those teen years.

June 2018 with my cousin, Peyton

Are you ready for the throwback?

Yes, that is me. This picture was taken in July 2008 at 18 years-old during my freshman orientation at St. Bonaventure University. At my heaviest, I was somewhere around 165 lbs. At 5′ 5” tall, I carried a ton of that weight in my face, hips, and thighs – like a typical female body does.

So how did I get to where I am today ?

Today I fluctuate anywhere from 118-126 lbs. No, I didn’t do any radical diets – in fact, I didn’t do any diets at all. No insane workouts. No harmful approaches. It honestly took time, patience, and the natural process of life to happen.

While I did say no harmful tactics were used, life did happen and I did experience stress like any normal person. When stressed, I tend not to eat a lot. Others may binge eat when stressed, I tend to fill up on coffee, water, and my favorite Vanilla Coke Zero. I also have stomach issues, GERD, and do have foods that trigger problems which can contribute to unwanted weight-loss.

My main contributor to the healthier weight and lifestyle was acknowledgment and moderation. I knew I didn’t feel good at that weight and needed to make changes. Moderation is key, it’s simple, and it’s common sense. I tend to eat multiple smaller meals a day, I stop eating when I’m full, AND I don’t drink alcohol like it’s going out of style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of wine or a margarita, but one is enough for this light weight.

I have never once believed that carbs or sugar are bad. Carbs are a macronutrient and your body needs them to survive – they are the source of energy (glucose) for your cells to make ATP (ATP=energy. Without carbs, your body turns to fat as a source, goes into a state of ketosis, and creates ketones. Check out this article to learn more about what happens on low carb diets). While I tend to choose more complex grains like oatmeals and legumes that take longer to process in your body, don’t doubt that this girl can’t put down a loaf of French or Italian bread. If there’s an option to order fries as a side, they’ll be on my plate. Like I said above, it’s all about moderation.

Besides consciously choosing healthier foods, my lifestyle has played a huge role in my weight. For almost 6 years, I was sitting at a desk 8-12 hours a day, plus commuting to work which added more sitting time. Once I became a dog mom and switched careers to be in the healthcare field, I barely know what sitting is. My Apple watch makes each day like a challenge seeing if I can fill all my rings!

Every time I look back at my Bonas ID, I’m so amazed at how much life changes and takes a toll on our bodies!

Share your transformations and journeys with me! We are all different and should empower one another to make healthy choices to increase our happiness!

One thought on “Transformation Tuesday: Ten years in the making

  1. Aaron Sechrist says:

    I thought this was a very well written and relatable topic. I gained a ton of weight after high school and had to learn my own lessons. Good read. Don’t stop blogging you are good at it. Thanks 🙂

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