Courtney Wise – Transformation contest
My story is all about me. I didn’t have anyone tell me I needed to loose weight. I didn’t have anyone name call or put me down. I had positive people in my life who always supported me.
My story comes from me being unhappy. Me always complaining about my weight. Me always dreading clothes shopping because I didn’t like the way I looked. My self confidence was down. I had a hard time doing physical activities that I loved, or knew I couldn’t try some.
I woke up one day and wondered, “Why am I complaining? Why haven’t I started? What is keeping me from obtaining what I want?”
Then answer was simple, it was me. I was depressed. I was overweight. I threw myself a pity party every other day. The only thing keeping me from obtaining what I wanted was myself. I only had myself to blame.
That was all it took. It took me starting action. I began simple, with adjusting my diet (though I knew nothing about it) and cardio. Some gym classes- an unexperienced newbie in the gym who was terrified to even use the machines, because I was afraid to look “untrained” like I didn’t know what I was doing.
Every pound that shed, and every new person I met with a passion for fitness, put a little spark into my motivation. I picked the brains of those who let me. I graduated to “upstairs” where the weight lifting section resided. I moved to the free weight section TERRIFIED. I hired a personal trainer and learned so much more. I was HOOKED. It was now my passion. My stress relief. My fun.
What I learned was it is a community. A community of people who have similar goals and are your cheerleader. They will help guide you, stand by your side, sing your praises, and pick you back up when you fall.
I have fallen, I have picked myself up. I have educated myself. I have grown. I have lost wight. I have gained it. I have gained muscle. I have lost it. I have found my happy place. I am confident. I am happy. I am proud.
I went from 189 pounds – size 16/18 jeans, to a size 2. It wasn’t a fad diet, it wasn’t a gimmick, it wasn’t a weight loss pill. It was ME. I choose to put in the hours, log my food and educate myself. I love inspiring those like me. I love the path I have chosen. PROUD AND HAPPY.