There is absolutely nothing worse than the feeling you get when you try to put on your favorite pair of skinny jeans and…they no longer fit. It completely ruins the rest of your day, and, if you are a self-diagnosed stress eater like me, you end up so upset and stressed out that you eat WAY more than you should, further worsening the problem.
As a freshman in college, I was forewarned about the dreaded, but almost inevitable, “Freshman Fifteen.” However, as I am playing collegiate volleyball, I didn’t think that I would have a huge problem. Our hard workouts and practices kept me in shape during season, but when it ended right before winter break, I found myself not playing volleyball or lifting for over two months, the first time I had a break from volleyball since 8th grade. The shock of a sudden lack of physical activity, combined with the sheer amount of food I consumed this holiday season, caused me to gain several pounds, and has driven me to start this journey to weight loss.
During season, I got into the best shape I have ever been in my life. I have always had body image issues, and for the first time, I felt confident, happy, and proud of how I looked. Since season has ended and I’ve gained back my initial weight and more, my confidence has fallen dramatically and the self-critical attitude I developed during my rough middle school years has started to return.
So, instead of “stress-eating” and feeling sorry for myself, I have decided to to take the matter of my weight and confidence into my own hands by doing the following things:
- Make health conscious choices when eating. Only wheat bread, fruit, veggies, and protein.
- Give up soda for the entire year
- Complete a 21 day challenge of avoiding all processed sugars and desserts
- Work harder than I ever thought I could during my off-season training for volleyball and get into better shape than I was during season!
I can’t wait to begin my journey tomorrow toward reclaiming my confidence, positive attitude, and a rocking body that will help me dominate on the volleyball court!
“That which is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember”