At the age of 36 I found myself at 230 pounds, and beyond unhappy. When 2010 came around I made a pledge to myself that I was going to make an effort to start concentrating on the things I wanted in life instead of things I didn't want. I was a victim of the economy, and had been laid off my job. I decided I would never go back to corporate America because I was miserable. I had always wanted to get into acting and film making since I was a child so I decided to pursue this. I had no idea how I was gonna do it, but I knew I would find a way. A friend of mine helped me land a job at local gym with flexible hours so I could go back to school to major in theater. Once I was finally on the track of what I had always wanted in life I started to not need food so much as a crutch. I also realized I didn't love myself, and had to stop poisoning my body. I was very lucky that after all the damage I had done to myself I was still healthy. I worked out harder than ever doing strength training, yoga, kickboxing, zumba (my very favorite workout), and spinning. I created a diet that cut out junk and fast food. By October of 2010 I weighed in at 158 pounds, and was a size 10 versus the size 20 I used to be. I had more energy than ever, and I didn't want to hide out from the world anymore. I am very passionate in sharing how much fitness has changed my life, and make it a habit to constantly research and educate myself when it comes to diet and exercise. Knowledge is power! I now weigh in at 146 pounds, and recently finished my first play as an adult. I managed to land not one, but two parts. I love acting until I can't love it anymore. To me it's not about the money, it's just something in my blood. There is no greater feeling than to know you have made your viewers or audience ponder and question life and think deeply about human nature. I'm currently working on finishing up my AA in liberal arts, and hope to transfer to a four year college to major in theater. It's never too late in life to go after what you truly want. You deserve it! Just take it slowly, and one day at a time. Changes such as weight loss don't happen over night, they take time. It's perfectly okay to take baby steps. I wish it hadn't taken me fifteen years to figure this out, but at least I finally did, and trust me I am still very much a work in progress. There is always hope if you just believe in yourself.
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