18 years ago when I was in 9th grade I was at my heaviest.
I was 50 pounds heavier than I am now.
I was eating and drinking everything I wanted.
I was going down the wrong path.
I put an end to it.
I started running and training.
15 years later I’m at my lightest since middle school.
I’m the fittest I’ve ever been in my entire life.
It didn’t come easy and naturally.
I worked hard for it.
11 years ago I graduated from college.
I was lost and confused.
9 years ago I lost my mom to suicide.
Following my graduation and my mom’s death, I was severely depressed.
I struggled with disordered eating.
All I wanted to do was sleep.
I wanted to die.
I’ve come a long way.
I’ve been working on myself physically and mentally for years.
I’ve dedicated my life to living healthy.
I’m still a work in progress.
I still have a ways to go.
The reason I write this is because I know what it’s like to struggle physically and mentally.
I know what it’s like to have zero self-esteem and zero self-confidence.
Running and strength training changed my life physically and mentally.
Reading, learning, and writing have helped me tremendously mentally.
I hope this gives you hope.
I want you to know that you too can get better.
You have the power to change.
Take care of yourself.
Take care of your health.
I want you to be healthy.
I want you to feel good.
I want you to be happy.