One of the most difficult challenges in my life has always been to maintain a healthy weight. Even through childhood I found it a struggle to keep off the extra weight. At first it never really bothered me as being the ‘big’ kid had its advantage but as I got older, it bothered me more and more. I remember in middle school when boys started becoming interested in girls and girls were starting to become interested in boys. No one was interested in a tubby kid like me. It bothered me tremendously but I didn’t really know what to do. Of course I knew the basics- fruits and vegetables are healthy! But when your 12 or 13, your views as a whole as to what is healthy are completely skewed.
I brought my extra-weight into my early adult life and I began to take a passion to nutrition. I loved reading about it and learning how different foods affected the body in different ways. I figured that the key to losing the weight was to begin eating better and that’s exactly what I did. I cut out bread and pasta and replaced it by eating more vegetables and other healthy proteins. I also began to drink a lot more water throughout the day in an attempt to stay hydrated; providing my body the tools to work properly.
Although I began to lose weight, I also felt the need to begin exercising more. To accomplish this I hired a personal trainer from a studio in Burnaby who could help me develop some goals along with a plan so that I could get in better shape. I began working out 4 times a week with my personal trainer and although it was a bit tough on the pocket book, there was no doubt that I was getting in shape. My arms began to take shape, my core was getting tighter and my calves were looking fantastic in a pair of running shorts. Te best part about my new personal trainer is that he continually adapted my plan to keep it interesting for me. He even gave me homework like the 8-minute ab work out to do on my own time.
It was finally starting to pay off. With both my exercise program running efficiently and my new healthy diet complimenting my fitness, I was finding myself in the best shape of my life. No longer was I the tubby kid that none of the girls wanted to date but for the first time girls wanted to date ME! I felt like it improved every aspect of my life and I am definitely all around a happier person.