I am officially in the under 200 pounds club! This is a huge achievement and milestone for me. I have been overweight since I was very young, and I have been over 200 pounds since I was 20 years old. Being 26 and seeing that I can do it — that I can get this weight off — has changed my whole outlook on life in a very positive way. I feel like there is nothing that I can’t do. Sure I’m not at my goal weight or my goal body by any means but so much of this journey is mental, from telling myself no to a snack I like to telling myself I must go to the gym when I would rather be snuggling with my dog or hanging out with friends. It’s a commitment. Not to just contribute to Oblique Magazine, its readers or all the amazing people helping me. The most important person I am doing this for is myself. That should be the most important person anyone changes anything for — themselves. I also don’t want to lose quality of life at a young age or not be able to go to do an activity with my friends and family because I’m overweight or I just feel so bad about myself I find reasons I can’t go. Making sacrifices for my future is what I have been doing, and I believe that’s something we all have to do to truly achieve greatness and our personal goals.
The past two months I have had the opportunity to go to Flex-Able in West Ashley, where they have definitely helped my body rid itself of soreness and tightness. When working out, our bodies go through lots of strain and, yes, even some pain. I believe flexibility and keeping my muscles stretched has helped me preventing injuries. For that I’m very grateful.
I also have had an opportunity to start a successful walking group. I would love to see some new faces and get to know you and your story. We meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The location changes so the walks do not become stagnant. This is for every level of fitness. I post the walk information every week on Facebook at Allison’s Losses and Gains. Feel free to like my page and keep up with more of my progress.