Shout out to all the body positivity warriors out there, but please #MissMe with your “NO FAT-SHAMING” lectures. The soap box I orate from belongs to me & me only. With that being said, keep an open mind & follow me on my journey to a healthier lifestyle through diet & exercise.

Noticing the Weight Gain: When did I become so fat?!

I didn't realize I was gaining so much weight until one day I stepped on the scale and noticed that I was carrying a 220lb wildebeest on my back! Actually it was more like I was carrying this beast in my gut, my butt, my arms, my thighs etc. Ew. I’m not sure when my weight gain got SO outta control, but I do know it was a gradual progression that I ignored to the point of: you-betta-turn around-before-there-is-no-return!

I’m not sure <em>when</em> my weight gain got SO outta control

It’s like I woke up one day and my favorite jeans no longer fit, so; I just bought them in a bigger size. Then, my tank tops & baby-tees became too tight, so; I just started wearing oversized t-shirts. It regressed to the point where I started buying sweats for every single day of the week because that’s what I felt most comfortable in. The struggle was definitely real during those scorching Oklahoma summers, but usually I just switched to rocking a bunch of oversized clothes from the men’s department.

The Dark and Fatty Abyss

As a radio personality, trapped in this dark and fatty abyss; the reality of the ever-occurring selfie became what chunky-nightmares are made of. Not being able to say no to a pic, when all I wanted to do was run and hide; or, take that phone and smash it into a million pieces so no one from my past would see how big I'd become.

I was disgusted and disappointed with the reflection staring back at me in the mirror.

I either strategically disappeared into the background of group pics; or, I consistently volunteered to be the one to take the picture so I didn’t have to be in it. In all honesty, I was disgusted and disappointed with the reflection staring back at me in the mirror.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m fully aware of all the amazing qualities I possess, and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, & all the other encouraging clichés people say to the over-weight & self-conscious, but that’s not what I need. Right now, I. NEED. PLANET. FITNESS!

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness prides itself on being a “judgment free zone”. Ideally, one would think that slogan pertains to the judgment of others. But what about the way we judge ourselves? Currently, all I do is judge the way I look. Self-judgement is a defense mechanism I use as my own personal weight loss motivator. But clearly…it ain’t working. Don’t get it twisted though, I don’t love anyone on this planet more than I love myself; self-confidence is not my issue. 

Self-judgement is a defense mechanism I use as my own personal weight loss motivator.

I just hate the way I look in the mirror. I loathe the way my muffin top rolls (literally) over the belt of my jeans…although I do love a good muffin…maybe that’s the issue…but, I digress.

My #WorkOutGlowUp with Planet Fitness has begun. The time to be judgment free is now. The hour for a SERIOUS physical change was 70lbs ago. But working out is not just physical, it is also mental. It’s a mindset. In fact, it’s probably more mental than anything. I have to want change before I can fully begin to experience it.

Then, and only then will I evolve into the mirrored-reflection of physical perfection that I so desperately long for. I just need an encouraging environment in order to successfully achieve these results. Planet Fitness is the best location to seek this desired excellence. Just remember to 'leave your egos at the door" when entering:

The Judgement Free Zone.

Planet Fitness is located at 3801 NW Cache Rd. For more information, call 580-699-7600

More From 1073 Popcrush