I am 5’8 and went from 148lbs to 132lbs in about six months with a period where I was 127lbs but I have gained muscle weight since then. Throughout high school and into my first year of university I didn’t really consider my health and made poor choices; I was inactive and not eating well. Nearing the end of my first semester of university I found myself extremely stressed and could not make myself eat properly.
I began to lose weight when my exams began and it was at this point I started to value my health and make a change. I began to eat healthy but did not deprive myself. I found ways to make eating clean enjoyable and not feel like a sentence. It truly feels like a lifestyle change not a painful diet and I think this is the most important aspect of my journey. I did not decrease the amount of food I was eating, I simply changed what I ate. Along with this I was doing exercise at home and slowly increased the intensity as my fitness improved. After about four months of this I got a gym membership and started to really push my fitness level and focused on increasing my strength and stamina.
These changes have improved my life mentally and physically and I am much happier in general. What I love the most is I still enjoy certain foods, in moderation, sometimes I skip the gym when I have plans I don’t want to miss out on, and I don’t feel guilty about this at all. I’ve found balance and stability and it’s so relieving to finally have reached this point in my life.
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