First, I want to make sure you all know that I have been a figure skater since the age of 4, I have trained my entire life as a competitive athlete which has definetely made me the person I am today. While skating has given me a very positive perspective on life by staying driven and motivated to do my best in everything that I pursue in my life, it has also made me a little too hard on myself and has caused me to have a very shattered self-image, which I have been working hard to overcome the past few years. Being a figure skater has been an amazing experience. Over the years being a competitive athlete I have learned how to work hard even when I am weak, I have learned how to stay passionate and motivated doing what I love, I have been able to attend nationals and world’s, and I can now proudly call myself a U.S. Figure Skating Triple Gold Medalist. Being a skater has had its difficult moments as well just like any other competitive sport, I have suffered injuries and have also gone through times of being anorexic which have both definetely hindered my ability to become stronger at times. I am not a competitive skater anymore but I do still love to skate and now I do it just for me and my passion and love for the sport.
Second, I would like to give y’all a little insight as to what kind of changes my body has endured these last two years…
In 2013 I was training very hard in figure skating, working on possibly moving to Michigan to train and work towards my Olympic dream. I was skating 3-5 hours Monday-Saturday, running almost everyday ranging from 2.5-6 miles, and I also started taking Advocare products which helped me stay energized and cut out any cravings of bad food that I previously had. I stayed very motivated and got down to 12% body fat and I also lost a few pounds even though I was already pretty small, I was looking and feeling great! Unfortunately in the fall of 2013 I injured my right ankle and foot which put a halt to my running. I still would run a couple times a week along with my skating but on top of the injury I started to kind of freak out when the reality of moving to a different state all alone started to set in… After I returned home from my visit to Michigan I decided not to pursue my dream. I thought it would be too hard to sacrifice my entire life and leave everyone that I loved to train for this sport. I decided that I would rather take a different step in my life and start a new chapter by going to college and just focusing on school so I decided to stop skating. I ended up gaining about 25 pounds the year after I quit skating because I decided for once in my life to not be so strict and just to live and eat normally like everyone else but I did take it a little too far… I wasn’t eating right and I also wasn’t doing exercises that were right for my body type. I was trying to take a completely different approach on my life in all aspects I guess, but it wasn’t me at all and I started to feel lost in my own life…
In 2014 I continued to not eat very healthy and I maintained the 25 pounds that I had gained last year. I started to do heavy weight lifting 3-4 times a week (which is not the right kind of exercise for my body type). By November of 2014 I had become so unhappy with how I looked, felt, and the fact that hardly any of my clothes fit me anymore that I decided to finally try to figure out how to eat clean without restricting and how to do the exercises that my body needed and loved without thinking that I have to be a competitive athlete to do them. I started running with my little brother about 2-3 times a week and we didn’t ever go over 3 miles, I started eating healthier and rather quickly I lost 23 of those 25 pounds I had gained.
It is now 2015 and I have continued to eat healthy, I started to skate again (not competitively), I have started a new running plan to train for a half-marathon that I will be participating in this fall and I have also been taking Advocare products again. I started taking a new product that Advocare is selling called “Slim” and am very hopeful that it will help me stay energized while training for this upcoming half-marathon and also help me lose those last 2 pounds or maybe even more than that!
In conclusion to my health and fitness story, I would like to make it clear that I do have a very shattered self-image which has been a flaw of mine for years and I think the best thing for anyone to do to be healthy is to love your body, eat clean so that you can have a long and happy life, and do the exercises that you enjoy the most and make you look the way you want to look!! I have finally become more confident in my own skin even though sometimes I do revert back to thinking that I would look better skinnier… but the main thing is that I’m working hard on my confidence in that aspect and I have become much happier and accepting that I do look good and as long as I am happy and healthy that’s all that matters!
I really hope that my story can help anyone who might be going through the same struggles I did!
I will keep y’all updated with all of my yummy and healthy recipes, my training for my half-marathon, and any other health/fitness tips that could be beneficial to any of you 🙂