Before I get to today’s actual post, I just wanted to share that my weight loss story was featured on Women’s Health!
It was nearly five years ago that I reached my goal weight, so it feels weird talking about my journey since I’ve been on the after side for so long. As I read the comments my friends left when I shared it on Facebook, I teared up thinking about how lucky I am to have such supportive people in my life.
But, of course, I wasn’t always an “after,” and that’s where today’s story will start.
The other day, I was having a drink with my buddy Heather. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I asked her if she’d ever seen my “fat license.” (My driver’s license from when I was overweight.) I used to always carry it around in my wallet as a party trick, but now I just show someone the before-and-after on this blog if the subject of my weight loss comes up.
She asked how I’d gained the weight since we’d been talking about the high school sports we played, and I told her it was because I didn’t know how to work out on my own and …college food.
My junior year of college, my roommate at the time had just come back from studying abroad in Italy and brought back a few extra pounds with her that she wanted to lose. She talked me into joining Washington Sports Club with her, and we’d go nearly every day of the week, either using the ellipticals or taking Total Body Conditioning classes. She was a good cook and loved to be in the kitchen, so she’d make us healthy meals at our apartment. Yet she lost weight, and I didn’t.
I was lazy. I took the easy way. I didn’t know working out was supposed to be so hard if you wanted to see results.
I didn’t put resistance on that elliptical. I picked up the lightest weights I could in those TBC classes. I stopped a few reps before we were done.
“It’s not supposed to be easy,” I told Heather, “but I definitely didn’t know that.” I didn’t know that pushing yourself until you were all hot and sweaty and had left everything out there was what would get results. I didn’t know other people were struggling, too. I thought sweating was weakness, that it meant that you weren’t fit enough to do these exercises without breaking a sweat. I had no idea sweat was actually strength, that it meant you were working hard.
One of our DailyBurn trainers, the adorable Anja, always says in her videos “It’s not supposed to be easy!” And her workouts are killer, so it’s always a good reminder that if it feels hard, you’re doing it right.
And these days, I LOVE when it feels hard and giving it my all in my workouts. I feel proud and accomplished at the end.