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Here I am my freshman year of high school (some of the earliest pictures I have digitized). I was heavy (just look at the size of my arms), but I wasn’t huge. Somewhere along the way, though, I just started balooning getting bigger and bigger. By that summer, I hadn’t changed much, as you can see in this picture from DC (please ignore the hideous short hair). By that winter, though, I had clearly gained some weight and was down to only one pair of jeans, the one you see here. I pretty much stopped looking at the scale because the numbers were disgusting. I thought that as long as I kept playing soccer and kept running that I was fine.
Instead, I just kept getting bigger and bigger so that by my Freshman year of college I was inching up past 190 lbs. Despite still playing a Division 1 sport (Rugby), my weight steadily kept climbing upwards. It didn’t matter how hard I worked out, I felt like I only gained weight. I worked with the on-staff medical team at school to see if something was wrong because I didn’t understand what was going on. There wasn’t.
My sophomore spring, as I inched past 200 lbs., I decided that something had to change. I started precisely counting calories and working out like and idiot. I was strict on 1000 calorie-per-day limit and that included never drinking anything but water. Slowly, but surely the weight started to trickle off.
This was the difference. My sophomore spring formal to my junior spring break. And roughly 100 lbs. It wasn’t easy. It was full of tears and pain and sweat and disappointment. But it happened. I’m a testament to the fact that it can be done.
Since then, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit and gotten comfortable. I’ve gained some weight again, though, not nearly as much as I weighed going into college. Now, I’m not concerned. I know that this is because of the craziness of everything going on. Since my pageant, I haven’t been working out as much as I should be. And now I’m traveling and that doesn’t make it easy, but I know that I can do it. I know that I will be able to reach the goals that I’ve set for myself. And you can too! I’ve joined with my co-hosts Anna and Angie to host a giveaway this week of ItWorks! Thermofit. Make sure to scroll past the linkup to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to go visit them this week here and here! In two weeks (August 20), we’ll be talking about our motivation for getting into Shape. You can join us too! Past Fit for Me Posts: 07/23 – Goals
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Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.