At her heaviest, Myra found herself unhappy and in need of a change. From overweight, to under underweight to healthily fit, find out how Myra altered her lifestyle for the better!
The girl on the left was not a happy person. I was in my late 20s and the heaviest I have ever been, hovering around 150lbs and on a 5’4″ frame. I was partying a lot and eating really unhealthy and the pounds just crept up on me. Something had to change!
Fast forward about 6 years to the girl in the middle. I started eating better and working out…a lot! I was doing a combination of cardio and weight training, for about 1 hour a day, 5-6 times a week. The next thing I did was track my calories through My Fitness Pal. It really gave me a sense of how many calories I was eating in the day and kept me on track and accountable. The next thing I did was cut out dairy and gluten. I also cleaned up my eating habits even more and really focused on weight training.
The pounds were coming off but a little too much! This is the smallest I have ever been. But I had zero muscle mass and was literally skin and bones. I was stressed, my hair was falling out in clumps and my skin was breaking out all the time. While I was very happy in my personal life during this time, I continued to have body issues and still felt “fat”….crazy, I know.
The girl on the right is me last summer. This is after 2 years of cutting back on cardio and lifting heavy. I also ate mostly lean meats and a lot of fruits and vegetables. I tried to keep my diet as whole food based as possible (minimal junk and processed foods). I cut back on a lot of snack foods like chips, store-bought granola bars which are just loaded with sugar, cereals, fruit yogurts. I turned to cooking all my own meals and snacks and only went out to eat for special occasions or with friends every now and then. My skin and hair issues improved and I never felt better!
Honestly, I don’t really know what I weigh today, probably somewhere between 120-125lbs. I don’t want to be a slave to that magic number anymore. I just want to focus on eating healthy and working out. Some days are easy, some I have to drag my butt to the gym, but it’s a lifestyle…not a diet or quick fix. This is something I do for me, every single day and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I love to motivate others which is what inspired me to start my blog. I wanted to share my recipes and health & fitness tips which got me to where I am today.