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Changing Self-Image

Torch staffer shares her story of weight-loss and transformation

by Published: Nov 20, 2013

I think it’s safe to say many of us have our own insecurities.

It could be the way you think your voice sounds recorded on video. Or maybe, you wish you were a lit­tle taller. Whatever your inse­cu­rity is, we all have them — no mat­ter how big or small.

Growing up, I’ve always seen myself as the “big­ger girl.” Not because I was super over­weight, but because I was the tallest kid in my grade until the boys caught up. I was also taller than most girls my age and pos­sessed a not-so-petite frame. Unfortunately, I allowed my larger body type make me feel inse­cure and unsure of how to fit in with the other girls my age.

Throughout my life I’ve always strug­gled with my weight. I usu­ally blamed my love for sweets, slow metab­o­lism and busy sched­ule as the cause of my stug­gle. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always felt con­fi­dent about myself; how­ever, I wasn’t the per­son I truly wanted to be.

Last January, I moved to Indianapolis for the entire spring semes­ter for an intern­ship and instantly knew my life was about to change in a very pos­i­tive way. Not only did I see the oppor­tu­nity to trans­form into a young pro­fes­sional, but I also saw the oppor­tu­nity to make some changes in the way I live my life as a young adult.

I was no longer happy with the young woman I saw in the mir­ror and was tired of my neg­a­tive self-image. Sure, I always believed in myself as a per­son, but I never truly accepted my body type for what it was. I finally real­ized it was time to give myself a long over­due boost of self-esteem.

As a pub­lic rela­tions stu­dent, I’ve learned con­fi­dence is key to a suc­cess­ful PR career. I knew by the time I’d begin my job search, I’d want to pos­sess the con­fi­dence needed to feel great about myself as a young pro­fes­sional. This is why I decided to embrace a health­ier lifestyle as a col­lege student.

Just to fill you in, I had lost a sub­stan­tial amount of weight prior to my fresh­man year of col­lege. However, dur­ing my sopho­more and junior years, I gained back nearly half of the weight I had lost. After mov­ing to Indianapolis, this was when my trans­for­ma­tion began. I imme­di­ately stopped being the typ­i­cal col­lege stu­dent who con­stantly ate out, deprived her­self of sleep and rarely exercised.

First, I started run­ning at least five times a week for 30 min­utes. As I became more fit, I increased my time and milage. The first foods to be elim­i­nated form my diet were sug­ary drinks, sweets and junk food. At first it was dif­fi­cult to make these changes, but after the habits were cre­ated, it was amaz­ing to see my body and lifestyle trans­form before my eyes.

Since January I have lost more than 30 pounds. This was pos­si­ble because I learned how to eat in mod­er­a­tion, exer­cised at least four to five times per week and also removed excess sugar from my diet.

You’re prob­a­bly think­ing “great advice, Olivia, but I don’t have the time or money to be healthy as a col­lege stu­dent.” Well let me tell you some­thing. We have just as many hours in our day as Beyoncé; and she’s one incred­i­ble human being. If she can make the time to work out every day, you can too! You have the abil­ity to be the per­son you want to be, you just have to want it badly enough to go after it.

Last spring, I made a per­ma­nent change. I decided to change my lifestyle and trans­form myself into the per­son I’ve always dreamed of being.

Our col­lege years are price­less and are truly meant for self-discovery. It’s time to start liv­ing a health­ier lifestyle and work­ing toward becom­ing the per­son you want to be.