My name is Angela. I lost 42 lbs.
When I started my journey I had very low self-esteem and no confidence in myself. I felt worthless, unimportant, lazy, tired all the time and down on myself for not taking care of my body.
I have an 11 year old daughter who is watching my every move. One day she told me she wanted to be “just like her mom” and I knew I had to make some changes and be a better example for her.
I'd finally reached the point in my life when I knew I wanted to make a change and I was ready for something better.
One of the greatest challenges I faced initially was that I didn’t have time for myself. I finally realized that if I didn’t take care of “me”, I couldn’t take care of anyone else in my life. I had to make the decision that I was worth the time to take care of my body. I put “me” time on the calendar every day to ensure I got my workout in.
At times, I really struggled believing that I could accomplish my goals. I was constantly down on myself and didn’t celebrate my small victories along the way. Then I started working with personal trainer Adam Grube at CoxHealth Fitness Center at Republic. I also took the TRX classes with Adam and Cardio Strength classes with Terri. I received the direction I needed and got some amazing advice from both Adam and Terri.
Overall, I achieved amazing results.
I’ve taken off many inches, I have definition and I’m so much stronger than I was a year ago. I’m most proud that I have more confidence in myself than I’ve had in years. Now that I see results and changes happening, I finally believe that I can accomplish my ultimate goals. I walk a little taller, I have more confidence and I’m more outgoing. I’m also more active in my everyday life and I feel amazing. A couple of things will continue to motivate me. First is my daughter. She tells me how beautiful and “skinny” I am and she has started a healthier lifestyle as well. Second is the way I feel. I feel energized every day.
By working out and making better food choices I feel like I’m taking good care of myself and I love that feeling.
I’d tell those starting a weight loss journey to:
- Believe in yourself, you CAN do this!
- Make a promise to yourself that you WILL do this and keep that promise!
- Take it one workout at a time, one day at a time, one pound at a time and you will get there!