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I Fell off the Fitness Wagon Twice and That’s Okay

By September 3, 2016Ambassadors

As with many people in the fitness community, I wasn’t always interested in fitness, nor have I always been healthy. Very few people grow up living the stereotypical healthy lifestyle. Most of us have had our fair share of Oreos or have grabbed meals from the drive-thru. Frankly, it’s practically impossible to eat healthy 24/7, and that’s okay. I have been there, done that, and it does not mean that you have to end your fitness journey. It just means you’re human.

My interest in fitness began my junior year of high school. Losing weight and gaining muscle were my goals. I sat my mom down and explained to her how I wanted to look and, more importantly, how I wanted to feel. I wanted to look fit and feel good instead of feeling sluggish from eating junk and sitting on the couch all of the time.

I didn’t know much about lifting and I wanted someone to push me, so I started working with a personal trainer. As you might expect, I lost a lot of weight. I also gained muscle. I felt great! I was happy with the way I looked and I actually enjoyed exercising. This, however, didn’t last long. Paying for a personal trainer became too expensive.

I thought I could keep up the progress I had made on my own. I was already fit. How hard could it be to stay that way? Well, it turned out to be really hard.

This was me at my best fitness level in high school. The most fit I have ever looked.

This happens to a lot of people. Once we work hard to achieve a goal, we think we can maintain the progress effortlessly. My exact thought process was, “I lost 10 pounds, so I can have dessert before dinner.” That turned into me snacking all day and not keeping up with my workouts. As a result, I gained all of my weight back and lost my muscle tone. I was unhappy again, so decided to do something about it during my senior year.

I came across my biggest fitness inspiration that year. Her name is Heidi Somers aka, Buffbunny. I was still a little uncomfortable in the gym but watching her videos helped me get back into my gym flow. I was slowly eating healthier and getting back into my workouts. I was starting to feel great again, just in time for college.

But college scared me. I’m not talking about the classes, but the dreaded freshman fifteen. I hoped to not even gain the freshman five – and I succeeded. My roommates became my workout buddies, and I went to the gym with them every day. We stocked the apartment with healthy food. I had a support system. By summer, I had actually lost eight pounds!

Me and my fit rommie before our first 5K.

Once I came home for the summer, though, everything changed.

I started snacking more than usual, and not eating the healthiest meals. I quickly gained back the weight I had lost and more. I think is where many of us give up. We start to think, “I tried that fitness thing twice and it didn’t work out for me. It’s just not my thing.”

But here’s the thing: you don’t have to listen to that negativity. You can to keep trying. Staying healthy at school was easier because I had a support system. So, at home, I recruited family members to join my healthy journey. My mom and I promised to help each other to eat healthy foods and motivate each other to work out when we’re feeling discouraged.

I’ve lost four of those eight pounds, and I’m heading into my sophomore year back on the fitness wagon. It’s not easy to stay on track, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Give yourself time, find some supportive friends, and it will get easier and you will feel better. Your fitness journey won’t be perfect. Mine sure isn’t. My journey on the road to fitness has been bumpy, but I don’t regret one bit of it.

Author Olivia Kennedy

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