Things I've learned along my fitness journey

  1. 1.
    Healthy doesn't mean skinny.
    Don't seek to look like a model or the skinny friend you envy. Don't try to fit your body into a tiny number on the scale. Sculpt and sweat yourself into the body that makes you feel your best. Everyone has a different set point, and everyone really does come in all shapes and sizes. Strive to be a healthy YOU.
  2. 2.
    No one can tell you how to be
    My parents told me all my life that I wasn't thin enough, and that did nothing for me other than crush my confidence and make me eat even more. The strongest motivation for change can only come from within you because you are the strongest force when you put your mind to something.
  3. 3.
    Portion control is key
    A person gains weight when he/she takes in more calories than he/she burns. Thus, eat until your satisfied, not full. Get to know your body's needs, and let your body tell you when to stop eating.
  4. 4.
    Nothing tastes better than skinny
    Sounds like total BS? Well, it's not. I've never had ice cream that tasted better than fitting into clothes or had pasta that was more worth it than feeling sexy.
  5. 5.
    Start with an easy workout and then work your way toward more difficult workouts. Find ways to keep exercise interesting and to stay motivated.
  6. 6.
    Never, ever give up.
    Every workout is hard no matter what weight you are at because it is supposed to be hard. You're supposed to push your body past its limits to allow you to get stronger. What I'm trying to say is, working out is hard for EVERYONE of every size and shape. Just keep pushing and don't give up.
  7. 7.
    They said to eat more fruits and vegetables, right? Well, fruits are high in sugar, and overeating sugar leads to larger fat stores. This, even fruits should be eaten in moderation.
  8. 8.
    Ahh, I can't get enough vegetables! Eating vegetables will fill you up without filling you out, and adding vegetables to any meal will automatically make the meal healthier because vegetables serve as negative calories