In the first picture (taken early 2014), I was 32% body fat and in an unhealthy relationship, I wasn’t in school, and I worked at a dead-end job.  I knew I needed something different, so I deleted my Facebook, left my floundering relationship, registered for classes, and researched and wrote up workout routines for myself.  Over the course of the year, I ran into some difficulties, like not being able to afford my gym membership, so I was working out with water jugs and running the stairs of my apartment building.  Eventually, I had to get a second job and I struggled with juggling school, the gym, and a 70 hour work week.  I frequented the gym less and less in order to focus on my slipping grades.


After a 6 month hiatus from the gym, I felt like I had lost all the progress I had made and I was ready to jump back into it!  At the start of 2015, I took a lighter course load and slowly added the gym back into my routine.  This time around, I did more research to create better routines and a better nutritional plan.  I broke out my ISOBAG to begin carrying my meals with me again and shaped my day around my healthier lifestyle, not the other way around.  Now I wake up earlier to get in a healthy breakfast and prepare my meals.  On the days that I work double shifts, I get up even earlier to pack my gym bag with my gym gear and uniform.  I workout about 2 hours a day now, 4-5 days a week, even in between my day and night shifts. I keep a jug marked to keep track of my water intake and a Tupperware container of rice and snacks in the car to keep me from eating out.

I don’t even have a purse anymore, I just put my wallet and keys in the top zip of my ISOBAG!  I’ve seen the most progress in myself since I’ve made these changes.  I’m pleased with my physical progress, but I’m most happy about how disciplined I’ve become.  I’m not perfect, but it’s a far cry from the person I used to be and I’m excited to see who I’ll become.

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