I was overweight. I knew it, I felt it. Every day, I woke up and was tired. I ate and was tired. Worked and was tired. It got to the point where I almost didn’t realize how much it bothered me. How much of my life was affected by this one thing?

I couldn’t put my socks on without a struggle that left me breathless and hot. I got winded walking up a flight of stairs. Worst of all, the little girl I cared for would beg me to come to play, and all I wanted to do was shut my eyes and sleep.

My mom at one point pulled me to the side and cried. She begged me to get healthy. She said, “I don’t want you to die.” So there I was; twenty-six years old, weighing 301 pounds, with a decision to make. And I decided I’d had enough.

It was hard work. Every day I would go push and fight with everything I had in the gym. My trainers, Chris and Casey, were right there beside me. Initially, could barely make it through the workouts. I could only walk on the treadmill. I couldn’t hold a plank or do a push-up but I kept trying. And every day there was someone encouraging me! Telling me I can do it, guests and staff alike.

Then, slowly over time, something miraculous happened. I started to tell myself I can do it. I got stronger. I started to run. I started to hold the plank longer. But most important of all, I learned to love myself.


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