Get Fit Challenge II 2013 Grand Prize Winner
"I didn't realize that my insecurities controlled me until I started to gain confidence through the Get Fit Challenge... Losing the weight has been great but it's been gaining confidence that has really made the experience meaningful. I feel so free."
I didn't realize that my insecurities controlled me until I started to gain confidence through the Get Fit Challenge. I have been self-conscious about my weight since I was eleven and my low self-esteem had influenced almost everything in my life. I didn't wear pants for four years because I didn't fit into my jeans and I wouldn't go up a size. I was always the group photographer so I could control the photos and could crop or delete images of my body that were unflattering. I skipped family vacations to amusement parks for fear that I wouldn't fit inside a ride and would wear a full outfit to the beach. I cancelled plans at the last minute if I didn't feel comfortable and would go on fad diets, binge eating when I was emotional. Food always made me feel guilty.
The extra pounds of fat controlled me. I hated my body but I didn't know how to fix it. I accepted being obese and I made changes to the way I lived in order to compensate for my heaviness. I knew I needed to lose weight because after 15 years of hating my body I wanted to be healthy and happy more than I was afraid of failing at it.
I lost some weight when I first joined XSport but would yoyo back and forth. When I saw the scale fo up my confidence would drop. Everything changed when I started working out with Alfredo Morales. Alfredo taught me how to live a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet, intense weight lifting sessions and cardio workouts. He suggested supplements to maximize my efforts and created and aggressive plan to reach my goals. He used the challenge to motivate me while keeping me focused. Most importantly; he believed in me. We were doing this together and that made all the difference from the other times I had tried to lose weight. I have never had someone so invested in my health and committed to helping me make a real change.
My obsession towards hating my body transformed into improving my body and that feeling was exhilarating. I looked forward to being at the gym and would go as much as possible. The XSport staff befriended me and would compliment me on my progress. That made the gym a lot less intimidating when everyone knew me by name and encouraged me to continue.
Losing the weight has been great but it's been gaining confidence that has really made this entire experience meaningful. I feel so free. My body doesn't feel like a burden anymore. In fact, it's the opposite. My body is empowering me to live my best life, not hide from it. The changes I've made these past twelve weeks have become more than a diet, it's been a lifestyle change. Today is my twenty-seventh birthday and I am excited to start this year weighing out with so much more than I weighed in at…confidence, pride, and most of all happiness.
Piper's Alley Gym