Bianca Tacher, who has written this fabulous and inspiring post, is my guest today. She’s sharing her story about losing weight the healthy way.
The reason I asked her to write something for me because I love the way she expresses herself.
I stumbled across her work when her Mother, a friend of mine since high school, shared a few of her articles on Facebook. I was curious, so I clicked.
I loved her message and her writing style. And as it just so happens, she has a weight loss story to share with you today about how she did it the right way.
For those of you who follow my work, you know how important I think this is.
So I’m thrilled to introduce you to Bianca. I think you’ll enjoy her story.
Losing Weight (the healthy way)
As a teenager, immersed in a sea of judgmental peers and sky-high standards, body image is one of the most important things I encounter on a daily basis. Faced with numerous fads, like diet pills and even eating disorders, it is hard to safely live up to the expectations surrounding me.
More often than not, I looked at myself in the mirror and was simply displeased with what was looking back at me.
My yearly physical at my doctor’s office was looming, and I was dreading it more than ever. Going to the doctor means that I would be weighed, something I avoided at all costs.
I figured if I never weighed myself, I would ignore the issue and refrain from addressing it. There was no getting around it, though, once I stepped foot in the doctor’s office and the nurse called me in (almost 45 minutes later, of course).
The nurse asked me to hop on the scale, and I felt my palms begin to sweat. I was so fearful of the number that I would be faced with. Much to my dismay, I was right, and felt tears welling in my eyes. How have I let myself go this much?
The doctor later addressed the issue, nonchalantly stating that I was a little overweight.
These words, though said with concern for my health, not my self-esteem, obviously broke me. Hearing those words destroyed my self-confidence as an eighteen-year-old girl. Though I was broken, I knew she was right.
It was then that I knew I had to make a lifestyle change, whether I liked it or not.
The day after graduation, I decided I would turn my life around. I spent far too long in Publix choosing which healthy snacks I would allow myself to have in the pantry. From hummus and carrots to frozen fruits for smoothies, I felt like I had it all, but was still completely overwhelmed with what was ahead.
It was time to start moving
The biggest concern I had for my planned weight loss was exercise.
I considered myself to be one of the laziest people I know.
I never went to the gym or on a run, and escaped physical activity whenever possible. I knew that this was an important aspect of weight loss, so I slowly took on the task.
Each week, I found myself at YouFit with my good friend, Tori, as her guest. Obviously, I wasn’t too big on working out since I didn’t even have my own membership to a gym.
Thanks to her, I was more motivated than I ever expected I would be. I even found a way to go to the gym on our off days, which was hard without a membership.
I changed my eating habits by changing my lifestyle
In addition to my workouts, I upheld a strict diet, limiting my carbs and sugar and enacting portion control. I definitely refrained from calling it a diet, and rather called it a “lifestyle change.” The word diet sounds restrictive and just sad, which I absolutely was not.
I allowed myself to indulge at times, but still kept true to my healthy lifestyle.
Would I be able to uphold this lifestyle and continue my weight loss journey while at college?
Despite my concerns, I worked even harder and ate even healthier while away from home.
My meals each day consisted of oatmeal or Cheerios each morning/afternoon, a fruit (or a couple) after a workout and a precooked meal by my mom for dinner each night. It was a little hard at first, but once my mom sent me ten pounds of food she cooked and froze, it definitely got a lot easier. Of these meals were leek burgers, chicken and so much more.
Aside from my healthy eating habits, I found myself at the campus gym almost every single day, something I would’ve never expected.
I felt sluggish and lifeless the days I skipped out on working out.
I demolished my step goal on my Fitbit easily each day and felt great about myself once I walked out the doors. Summer session is pretty lenient, and I was only taking two classes, so my free time was often spent at the Student Recreation Center on the treadmill or elliptical.
I’m able to keep my body healthy because I keep my mind healthy
It is now five months later, I am down approximately 12 pounds and I truly have never been happier.
Though there are often times I look in the mirror and still don’t love what I see, I know that I have made tremendous progress and am so proud of myself. I know that I am not the only person who looks in the mirror and feels inferior, though.
Even the most fit and toned people can feel displeased and unsatisfied with themselves, and it is simply human nature. We truly need to start loving ourselves the way we are, and just improve upon who we are.
There is no need to tear yourself down due to the expectation of society or comparisons to others.
I made these decisions to change my lifestyle for my own personal happiness, and not based on my self-esteem compared to others.
This decision was entirely my own and I am glad that I have made it in the safest way possible.
About Bianca Tacher
I’m in college working toward my degree in accounting. Since my major doesn’t allow for too much writing, I utilize writing as an outlet! I love writing for the Odyssey Online and whatever other opportunities that come my way!
Important things in my life: avocados, nice eyebrows, family, Israel, and chocolate covered almonds…not necessarily in that order.
You can find more of Bianca’s work at https://www.theodysseyonline.com/@btacher