I grew up as an overweight kid. In elementary school, I was called names by classmates— at around 9 years old, I was told that I should go on Jenny Craig because I was so fat. I can remember days when I would come home and ask my mom if I was fat. She would always tell me “no” like a loving mom would. So, I grew up thinking I was just “big boned.” My best friend for most of my childhood was extremely thin and could always eat whatever she wanted. Being the fat friend carried me through my childhood and most of my young adult life.
It wasn’t until I hit high school that I finally got enough courage to wear a tank top. Before that, I would never wear any shirt without sleeves because I was so embarrassed of my arms. Throughout middle school, I had this black sweater that I would constantly wear because I thought it disguised and hid the fat. On 100 degree days, I would tell everyone I wasn’t hot because I didn’t want to take it off. I’d be sweating my ass off… but would rather sweat than have to show my body for what it was. Little did I know, clothes don’t hide fat.
Falling into the misconception that I was just meant to be fat for the rest of my life and that I was simply “built big,” I conceded to the idea that I COULDN’T be one of those fit or thin girls. I mean, I had never been that way any other time in my life so I just didn’t think it was possible. It wasn’t until after graduating with my Bachelors of Science that I decided to really take control of my life.
I can remember the night that I finally made the decision to really lose weight and get into shape. I was at a friend’s party and was drinking like usual. I kept complaining about how big I was and that Xavi (my now husband) deserved better than me. I was constantly being told what a pretty face I had – which by the way, is such a back handed compliment when I could always tell they felt sorry for how overweight I was. It’s like, “well if you just lost weight you would be a REAL knockout!”…. back to the party – I kept going on and on – drinking and feeling sorry for myself. I woke up the next morning completely embarrassed and decided that that was NEVER going to be me again. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I decided to take control of my life and lose weight. I was tired of feeling sorry for myself and wanted more. I had been off and on with losing maybe 10 lbs and then gaining it back and being in and out of a gym for months by this point so my mindset really had to change – like a light switch, I decided to go full force. I have gone from 234lbs to 135lbs with healthy eating and an active lifestyle! I counted calories and also decided to train with a personal trainer. Most of my weight was lost doing a mix of cardio and body weight/strength training exercises. I didn’t start really lifting heavy until October 2013 when I decided I wanted to take my body to a whole new level.
I have achieved many goals along the way such as running my first half marathon and even competing in my first figure competition. My life has changed completely from being unhealthy and obese to transforming into a professional athlete and Certified Personal Trainer. I now get the opportunity to help others transform their lives and reach the goals they never thought possible! I truly live a life I love now – full of health and happiness!
Kelly is a 26 year old NASM certified personal trainer who completely changed her life. She is the author of the blog Fat Girl Gone Fit. With diet and exercise, Kelly lost 100 pounds over the course of a year and a half. Now, she is a figure competitor who helps others achieve their goals with a healthy approach to fitness and food.
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