Today I thought I would share a personal topic with you all because I want you all to know the backstory of my journey to loving my body. I am not saying I am the fittest or healthiest person out there, but I am definitely fitter and healthier than I was 2 to 2 1/2 years ago. My 7th and 8th grade years were the times that I was the most overweight in my life. If you knew me during that time, I was the complete opposite of who I am now. Everyday after school my grandmas would take me to McDonald's to get a medium fry and a medium Dr. Pepper, and I literally went everyday. It was so unhealthy, but at the time I didn't care, I just loved it so much. That was definitely a contributing factor to becoming overweight. I was taking dance, and I still am, but even though I was doing something active, I was still eating junk food everyday, and I was only going to dance once a week, so there wasn't a difference being made. Around May 2015 my mom had been going to a fitness program called Jazzercise, and she had been asking me to go for a while and I finally went. I went every now and then, but I still ate junk food all the time. Which meant the workout wasn't doing anything because 80% of your physique is based on what you eat, 20% is working out and genetics. After a few months of working out occasionally and eating badly, I finally realized what I was doing to my body by putting these foods in my body. I soon started to eat healthier and became to love myself more, and my body loved me more too. I soon was working out everyday and eating healthy, and I never felt better. Now that doesn't mean I don't indulge on junk food because I do every know and then. It's all about balance. I'm not gonna lie that I've had hard days where I can't look at my body without thinking negatively about it, and I still get self conscious about my weight sometimes, but most of time I am happy about how far I've come. I am still learning to become more confident in myself and my body, but I'm getting there. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of my mom for getting my lazy butt off my bed, being an inspiration to me and cooking me delicious healthy meals lol. I also couldn't have done it without my Jazzercise family either. The instructors Stacey, Lindsay, Brooke and Jeanne have all guided me to being more confident, loving myself and rocking it out on the dance floor. They are such amazing role models to look up to, and not just for workout reasons :). I appreciate them more than they know, and if they are reading this, I love you guys!! The people who take Jazzercise have even been so supportive, and they are such a strong group of warriors that push me to be stronger too. I would also like to thank Carrie, my second mom ;), for taking me to Jazzercise before I got my license, so much love for her! I am not saying that in order to feel more confident in yourself you have to eat healthier and workout, but for me I feel like my mind is clearer and I am rewarding my body by what it can do. Starting this health journey has made me stronger physically and mentally and has helped me become the best version of myself. My sleep schedule is even better than it used to be; I used to go to bed between 2-3am and I wouldn't get up until noon. Now I try going to bed between 10:30-11pm and getting up around 7am. Getting the right amount of sleep is also a big contributor to taking care of your body. If you read all of this, you're a real trooper lol, but I hoped this may have inspired those of you who are starting your own journey. I want you to know that you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. I hope this gave you all an insight as to why I am so passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. I'm so blessed to have so many people in my life to look up to as I continue my journey because it only goes up from here :). Here I am in 2017, feeling the best I've ever felt in my whole life. Take control of your life and make it the BEST you want it to be because you're the only one that can make a difference in your life.