Guest Blog by Amber Hiller, A Friend of Health and Wealth Makeover
My weight struggle didn’t start until my 20’s. I didn’t notice the subtle gain… 2lbs here, 5 lbs there. I would buy whatever fit and didn’t think much about it.
Friends had asked me to run with them or workout and I just didn’t take it serious. My diet was horrible. Whatever was in front of me was what I would eat. I hated all veggies (unless they were fried) and all fruits.
Over time comments started to get to me, which would make me eat more or stop eating all together. It wasn’t until the winter of 2009 that the fat hit the fan. It was my New Year resolution to look like myself again but at first I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I was doing it to please other people. Then I started seeing results, I thought, “Huh, I’ve lost 5 lbs let’s see how much more I can lose.”
I began researching different food and trying new things. I would read up on fitness and different types of exercises. I started with a personal trainer but I didn’t put my best into my workouts. I started to run and started counting calories. Wow! It doesn’t take much to eat 3,000 calories a day!
I began shaving those calories off little by little till I was eating 1,200 calories a day. I felt weak at first but I as I lost weight I felt better. I lost 30 lbs that year but I needed a change something with a challenge so I started the program INSANITY.
I heard it was really hard and most people have a hard time finishing it over the 2 month period. I buckled in and
The next 2-3 months I had lost 10 more lbs and 11 inches over all. This summer is the first time I’ve worn a 2 piece
swimsuit since maybe 2007. My friends have noticed, my family, my coworkers and even people I really don’t see much have noticed. I love my body and the way I feel now. I would have loved my body 45lbs heavier but I felt tired all the time and I was not healthy.
To know that I have done this myself without drugs, without surgery, but by my own motivation makes me feel awesome. And I know that I’ll be healthy and fit for life because I didn’t just lose weight; I changed my lifestyle for the better.
It is easier to eat whatever and lounge around, but it is more fun to be active and be able to do things I couldn’t do before. This spring I surfed for the first time and caught 15-20 foot waves and rode them all to shore. Now I’m training for a sprint triathlon in Naperville, Illinois with our family. They did it last year and this year I’ll be doing it with them. I can’t wait.
I surprise myself everyday in what my body has and can accomplish.
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