Hey guys, I’m Chris and I’m a senior in high school… So as many of you can see, I still have “man boobs” and I still have a lot of work to do, BUT, the progress I think I’ve made so far has been life changing. The end of my junior year, I decided this wasn’t how I wanted to live my life. I was avoiding pool parties, places where I would get “physical,” and worst of all, I ashamed of my OWN BODY. Actually, I’ve always been self conscious and ashamed of myself since 5th grade, when I first started noticing I was a “fat.” I lived in California back then, and during our physical ed. class, we had our BMI’s mapped out… Mine was clearly in the red and my friends teased me about it, and since then, I’ve always been prone to bad postures and self confidence issues when it came to my body. I had tried to lose weight before, once in tenth grade and once in eighth grade, I had lost 10 lbs each time but then I would give up and eat a lot. Years of constant teasing had left me with a crippled self esteem and low confidence about myself. To cope, I became that “funny clown” in class and I eventually became somewhat liked in school. I think that’s how I coped with my body not being the way I wanted it to be.
All that changed when I started running my junior year. After stumbling across many sites like this on tumblr, I began to realize what I faced was not just my problem, but it was a problem universally shared by many others. After months of running, I had gotten to the point where I needed to join a gym. So, I did. Planet Fitness became my fitness hub for another 3 months and I began running on their machines and doing 20 reps on each machine in their gym which totaled to a 2 hour session each day. Once senior year began coming in, i decided I wanted to join the swim team since it was something I’d always wanted to do but was to insecure to. So, I did. Swim season didn’t result in me losing weight since I ate almost 3000-4000 calories a day but it toned me up… A LOT. Since swim season has ended, I’ve been hitting up Planet Fitness everyday for an hour and it’s been around 2 months. This is my 1 year progress and I hope my 2nd year is just as good!
Thanks everyone and sorry for the long message but you guys are inspirational people and I love you all to death. My life is a lot happier and I feel comfortable being out in public! I can actually be confident in public rather than pretending to be. Now I’m registered in a lifeguarding class and hoping to do that as my summer job. Hope this inspires somebody that was like me in the past and pushes them to do what I did!
P.S. I did nothing with diet, I decided I loved food too much so I just worked hard when I ate a lot.