My fitness journey started long before the Gymshark66 challenge.
I began my fitness journey when I reached my lowest of lows, both mentally, and physically. Prior to starting to work out, I was over 230 pounds, diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, and had to take numerous medications. My body was shutting down on me, and I knew that I had to make a change for the better.
On December of 2015 I watched a video on YouTube titled, “Why I’m Vegan and How You Can Be Too” and was instantly drawn to it. I had always been interested in the topic of veganism, but this time was different. This time I felt like I had to go vegan, or else I would continue to live in this downward spiral of unhealthy habits.
I first went vegetarian in December of 2015, and by May 9th, 2016 I was 100% plant-based. I spent a couple of months changing my relationship with food and trying out a bunch of delicious vegan recipes. My body was already making some amazing transformations, I had more energy, and I no longer had digestive issues. I truly felt like a whole new person.
I came across a Whitney Simmons weightlifting video and Gymshark at the end of 2016. I bought my first pair of Flex leggings for Christmas that year, and by January 2017 I was training in the gym 6 days a week. I put blood, sweat and tears into this newfound hobby because it became my therapy. The gym became this home away from home for me.
I have been training for 2 years now and I am constantly setting new goals. I have overcome this idea that I’m aiming for a certain body type. I am now working towards simply feeling my best. Gymshark66 gave me the opportunity to show the fitness community that the mental transformations you make are just as significant as the physical ones. For me, if I reached my fitness goals but stayed in a rut mentally, then I have failed myself.
Through Gymshark66 I was able to continue to work on loving myself and loving my body throughout this journey. Now that I have won this challenge, I want to continue using my voice to remind women that you should be your body’s best friend.
No matter where you are in your fitness journey your self-worth never changes. You are loved, you are powerful, and you are a force to be reckoned with.
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