When I started my health and fitness journey, I was overweight, uncoordinated, and very indoorsy. I was at my most comfortable in the library, or behind the keyboard of my computer, playing World of Warcraft.
In the past few years, I’ve experienced a complete transformation. It wasn’t the weight I’ve lost (which is somewhere between thirty and fifty pounds, depending on the week), but the confidence I’ve gained. It sounds trite, but it’s cliche for a reason.
I started CrossFit in 2014, and after a lengthy adjustment process, I fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve worked to improve my strength and conditioning, as well as my mobility and coordination, through a combination of weightlifting, yoga, high intensity interval training, and running.
Over the years, I’ve tried different nutrition styles, from Primal, to Vegan, to Paleo, to IIFYM. Now, I try to focus mostly on unprocessed, plant-based foods, following what I jokingly call a “tropical vegetarian” diet most of the time. I try to avoid meat, dairy, and processed foods… but I refuse to feel guilty when I indulge in a donut or a bowl of karaage ramen.
I’ve found that learning to make peace with my body and give it the love it deserves is the toughest lesson, but every step along the way is worth it.