Let's talk about health, fitness & my journey to self love, shall we? (swipe to see Niña 2017 version)
I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food. Sad? Eat. Happy? Eat. Stressed? Eat. At some point I also developed an eating disorder, which led me to losing over 90lbs in 3months. I was skinny, but very very unhappy. I would eat practically nothing (my friends know this all too well) & almost fainted a couple of times due to not eating anything for days. It took a family intervention for me to finally see the errors of my ways.
Then I started working. I was at a pretty healthy weight when I started, but because I was on the night shift & take outs were our food of choice, I ballooned! 5 years into that lifestyle, I went from a healthy 120lbs to 189lbs. I developed PCOS, my knees started to ache and my back - oh my back was always hurting. I also had a major heartbreak in 2011, which led me to more destructive eating habits. In 2017, I hit my heaviest weight ever at *gasp* 210lbs. My brother's cat bit me and I had to get anti rabies shots. When I stepped on the scale, I was floored. Ashamed. Disgusted. I didnt realize how much I have let myself go!
So after a few days of wallowing in my misery & ugliness, I decided to do something about it. I learned a lot about healthy meal options. I bought a treadmill and took out my yoga mat. One of my best friends decided to join this fitness journey and we tried multiple classes & gyms until we found something we enjoyed at a place we feel comfortable in (Elorde Sucat and our coaches Ruel, Caloi and Fernando are the best). It's been a year since I took charge of my health, & along with my fitness buddy, have managed to lose a significant amount of weight. I've gone from a size 18 to 10. PCOS is managed. My body is stronger than ever & my relationship with food is so much more balanced now!
I am nowhere near where I want to be yet, but I am damned if I don't enjoy where I am at now. I feel more at peace with myself. I can run, lift heavy things and walk for miles. My clothes from years ago fit me again. So many wins, but you know what the best part is? It is finally being comfortable in my own skin. ❤