In 2011 I found myself utterly depressed at where I was at that point in my life: I weighed over 300 pounds, friendless, no goals, and still in the closet. I decided impulsively in October of that year to sign myself up for a bootcamp fitness program and on October 31st, 2011, my life started to change. I embarked on a journey that would lead me down a path where I would meant hundreds of friends; gain confidence in myself; work up the courage to let myself have goals and dreams; and the biggest and most difficult change of them all, it would lead me to learn to love myself and have the strength to come out. Now I find myself with a robust support network; friendships that have become invaluable; I went as far as making it 212 pounds, have run 10 full marathon; and I’m pursuing a masters in business administration at USC.
So what does this all have to do with keeping a food and fitness journal? I felt myself starting to slip and I need to hold myself accountable and continue on my journey of self-improvement. Most importantly, until recently I was unaware of how many people were following along and looking to me for inspiration. I have gained so much from everyone in my life–past or present–that I will never be able to repay it all. So the least I can do is open myself up to you so that you can follow along the journey of an ordinary person with real struggles and failures on the quest to success. Take the good parts you can use and avoid the bad parts.
I’m no expert in writing these things and I’ll be learning as I go, but if you’re still inclined to follow along then follow me here: