I mentioned a while back that when I started college, I cut out sodas and did some weights. This was partially because I was really scared of gaining weight when I left home. The truth is I've always had issues with my body, but the past two years have been sort of a transformation for me and I just wanted to share my experiences.
When I was in high school, I was in cheerleading. Back then, I had more muscle mass but I was also carrying extra fat, hovering around 145-150 pounds. I never felt comfortable with myself but I didn't really know what to do about it. College gave me that fresh start I think I really needed.
Soda was the first to go, and for a long time, that was the only significant change I made in my diet. I was walking all over campus from class to class and doing a little bit of weights on the side, and I began to lose a little weight. Nothing drastic but enough that people from back home sometimes noticed when they saw me. Sophomore year I started minding more of what I ate. Tried to avoid your standard junk food like candy and pizza, only eating it every so often. I weaned myself off almost everything that wasn't water or milk. That helped some.
The real change didn't happen until this summer. I started trying to educate myself on what exactly I was eating. I worked on portion control. I started reading labels, measuring my serving sizes, counting calories. I cut back on red meat, eating it very seldom. I replaced whole milk with almond milk over my cereal. Started eating more fruits and vegetables. Basically I found my goal weight, and adjusted my diet to get there. It was difficult at first but I began to get used to it, and once I hit my target weight, I adjusted my diet again to maintain that weight.
The last time I was on a scale, I weighed 125 pounds. That was a couple months ago, and I haven't weighed myself since then, but I can speak in terms fitting measurements. When I was in high school being fit for clothing, I had a 30-inch waist. Today it is at 25. Before, I wore a size large in clothing, and medium occasionally. Now I am consistently in a small, and sometimes extra small.
I can't explain how much better this has all made me feel. I feel so much more confident and it's been bleeding into other aspects of my appearance. I finally worked up the nerve to cut my hair. My clothes no longer fit, so I've had to buy new ones over time and I've used the opportunity to find a style of dress that I really like. More importantly though, this has taken away a lot of my anxiety and caused me to feel happier and healthier. Really glad I did this. I never dreamed I would feel this good!