Turning point: Overweight and unhealthy from a young age, my confidence and quality of life were severely affected. I realized that I couldn't live my whole life not knowing what it feels like to be truly proud of my body; something had to change. Even though I was extremely intimidated by gyms, working out seemed like a solid place to start. I forced myself to visit a big gym near my work—an experience I immediately regretted. Pressured by gym staff to lose copious weight and purchase expensive memberships and personal training packages, I left discouraged and frustrated. Still in need of a solution, I joined a small, unassuming gym in my neighborhood. With the encouragement and guidance of some of the most amazing fitness professionals at that gym, I have lost nearly 80 pounds since joining in 2008!
Weight-loss tip: When it comes to making lifestyle changes, there are countless solutions—it's just comes down to discovering the one that is best suited to you. Losing weight and being healthy is a different journey for everyone, so know what you want and that you absolutely can achieve it, and then find the right people to support you in your journey.