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April - Fight for Fitness

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I remember being hospitalized when I was in 5th grade after having an asthma attack. It was only for a few days but I remember it pretty vividly. After my stay at the hospital, I became very cautious with any physical activity so that I would not cause my asthma to act up. Asthma became my excuse to not do "too much" during physical education all throughout the rest of middle school and high school. 

In college, I decided to stop avoiding exercise and to build my stamina. I struggled to get fit and healthy for the past 

decade, but today I can say that I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. Last year, I chose to stop making excuses and live a healthier lifestyle. I threw out the junk food, did a lot more cooking with healthier options, and started cardio kickboxing classes. I fell in love with the feeling I had after each workout. I lost 15 pounds in one month! 

I started to get a little discouraged after I reached a plateau in my weight loss and I fell off for a little while with my clean eating and exercise. I started to get a little depressed but decided to pick myself back up and keep going. I now realize that this is completely normal and life just happens. I don't give myself a hard time anymore if I miss a workout here and there. I try my best to eat clean but I'll have a "cheat meal" every so often. "Everything in moderation" is how I like to look at it. I've lost a total of 30 pounds in the past year but my goal isn't to lose weight. I just want to be more comfortable in my own skin. I eat clean because I feel better knowing what I'm fueling my body with, and I exercise to keep me sane and happy. Balancing my diet along with exercise, my career as a tattoo artist, social life, family, and everything else life throws at me is not easy, but I'm so grateful for health and happiness.

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