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Posted on 07-10-2015

"It doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always."
-Oprah Winfrey

Through the years I have always struggled with my weight. I have been teased countless times and have been told I could not do things because of a number on the scale. I’ve always masked these hurtful things that people may have said or done to me with my sense of humor to not let it bother me. People treated me differently because of how I dictated my health choices.

As I started becoming more involved at BACC, I really began to notice and realize what I was doing to myself was NOT good for me in any way, and I did not benefit from how I was treating myself. I had never been a fan of focusing on my physical appearance, or sweating even, as a matter of fact. I was never one to turn down a delicious burger for a salad, EVER!

Then one day I decided to join the local gym with my wonderfully supportive sister and immediately noticed the difference. Not only was I feeling better, but even more energized than a Mountain Dew could make me feel. Keep in mind, giving up Mountain Dew was like giving up a prized possession to me (you can ask our Lead CT Sam!). I was amazed for not craving a soda after one week.
 
Even after these small steps in my weight loss journey, I have already felt more empowered to take back my health! I plan on making so many more steps toward reaching my weight loss goal. Here are just a few!:

1.) Eating breakfast every day.
Although this may seem like a no brainier, I am always forgetting to grab a banana on my way out the door at 7:00 a.m.! I cherish my sleep a little too much and never remember my health comes first!

2.) No more soda. EVER.
Even at restaurants it's hard for me to not just say "Mountain Dew.” I have been doing better than I thought I would have in this category which is awesome. Instead of soda, I usually have a cup of peppermint tea before bed and drink raspberry tea or water during the day. This change makes a soda taste surprisingly gross after having only tea for one week! Can't wait to keep this one going :)

3.) Watching my portions.
My eyes are almost ALWAYS bigger than my stomach. I definitely plan on making this one a higher priority to help my weight loss goal.

4.) Mental Health Care.
This is MOST important to me. I almost always have a positive attitude on life and intend on staying on that track! Negativity will only bring me down in my weight loss journey and I intend on having none of that! There may be bumps in the road, but I know that I will succeed in my goals if I can mentally and physically push myself!

Thank you for taking your time today and reading about my plan toward having a healthier lifestyle! If I can do it, so can you!

Always,
Ali

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