I don’t normally post about this topic. In fact about a year ago I used to cringe at the sight of “progress pics” and people posting their daily intake of their healthy food bullshit. Now I realize I couldn’t stand that because I had my own insecurities and body image issues. In a way I was jealous that other people were making good health choices and I was doing jack diddly squat myself. For a while I completely let myself go and became extremely unhealthy. I didn’t have any consciousness about what I would eat, I did no form of exercise and quite frankly all I would do was mope and complain, but do NOTHING about it. This went on for a while, and in this time frame I gained a whopping 40+ pounds. Coming from a girl who’s naturally pretty tiny (I’m 5’2 and 1/2. The 1/2 makes a difference, believe me) I was always a relatively healthy and “normal” weight for my height. I’ve always been athletic (sort of… you have to when you come from an athletic family). The extra 40 pounds definitely made a huge difference, as it should, and I became so self conscious of my appearance. I never wanted to do anything that involved being in a bathing suit, especially around other people, or doing anything that showed a little bit of my body for that matter. My once baggy clothes were then tight on me and I was so down on myself that I never thought I would ever bounce back and be the happy and healthy little me I once was. I finally decided to change my whole life in hopes I would become healthy again, and I did. I quit my full time job that I had for over 2 years, and decided to go back to school and do something with my life. I changed my eating habits and started working out. I tried a bunch of diets, none would usually stick because I’m horrible with self control. So I decided to pick a “lifestyle” and made the decision of being a vegan. Since then I’ve been extremely health conscious and because I’ve stuck with consistency, I’ve seen results. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’m SO close and nearly half done my journey of being at my goal weight and where I want to be. I’m happier, healthier and I’m back to being the happiest I’ve ever been.