For as long as I can remember, I was the big girl. I was the biggest girl in dance class, the biggest cheerleader, and the biggest member of my family by far. My childhood was riddled with weight loss attempts beginning with seeing a nutritionist at age five and continuing with fad diets, Slim Fast, restricting calories, counting fat grams, Weight Watchers, and even fat camp – each yielding only short-lived successes. And so, I learned that being big was a part of who I was. Being big was a part of my identity. Convinced that biological causes laid at the root of my challenges, I more recently saw a doctor. A slew of test results – all within normal ranges – led my doctor to tell me I was just a “really, very healthy fat person.”
Earlier this year, I chose to release the identity of being big. I swallowed my pride and told my story to HJ and Leah. They welcomed me into their world, allowing me to become a part of a gym family. Fully aware that I needed a mind-body transformation, I chose to trust the process; I chose to trust HJ. It is working.
The difference is variety, accountability, and belief. HJ is consistent in his encouragement and unwavering in his believe that I can do this. Workouts at HIT are so versatile that every day I have been capable yet challenged. Weight loss is a journey, and my journey is ongoing. I am grateful that my identity has forever changed. Not only have we proven that doctor wrong, but more importantly I now see myself as strong, healthy and fit. I see myself as happy.