"I’ve always been curvy, but when I moved to Philly for college, I gained more than just the freshman 15. I cut out meat in an attempt to drop the extra 25 pounds I’d put on, and it worked. By the time I started dating a trainer in 2012, I was back to my usual 190 pounds. Sadly, he constantly criticized my size, saying things like, "You could be a 10 if you were less lazy and exercised." At the time, I laughed off his remarks, though I should have known not to stay with someone who didn’t appreciate me. Eventually, I found out he was cheating on me. Devastated, I moved out. I was determined to show him just how strong—and slim—I could be.
I hit the ground running in the new year, jogging two miles and completing a 45-minute outdoor HIIT workout four days a week. Finally, I was putting myself first. I also followed meal plans from magazines, loading up on proteins and veggies. By the time my girls’ trip to Vegas rolled around that May, I had lost 30 pounds.
I was so proud of my new frame that I wore a bikini for the first time ever on that trip—and felt amazing in it. When I returned home, my newfound confidence gave me the courage to join a gym, where I started doing weight-training workouts. Strength exercises like squats and a vegan diet packed with veggie soups and salads helped me ditch the last 15 pounds, and I hit my goal of 145 pounds. And while I initially got fit to get even with my ex, making healthy choices made me realize that my body and I deserve better. Today I’m happier than ever and engaged to my best friend. Even better: I’ve learned to look to myself for approval—and I definitely think I’m a 10!
Throw a sweat party: In 2016, I founded StripN’Fitness, which is a high-intensity cardio workout program that feels like a party, thanks to live music, special guests, and healthy giveaways, proving fitness can be fun!"
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