“You have to be willing to sacrifice who you are today to become the person you want to be tomorrow.” ~ Billy Cox

At 260lbs, greatly depressed and in constant pain, I finally came to the realization that if I did not make a change, my life would be significantly shortened. I began logging what I ate and I started doing short exercise sessions with a goal of simply getting up and moving 2-3 times a week. At times staying on track was a challenge. It required time. It took sacrifice. And it took commitment. I tried to concentrate on achieving small goals rather than focus on how far I still had to go and feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. I fell, I rose, I made mistakes, I hit slumps, but I never gave up. Close to 3 years later I have lost 120 lbs and I have fallen in love with fitness, particularly running (running has changed my life!). The weight loss is a huge accomplishment on its own, but one of the greatest effects of my journey is that my outlook on life has completely changed. After being a shell of a human barely getting by day to day, I now have energy and zest for life. I see beauty, joy, and possibility everywhere! If I can give any advice to those with goals for weight loss, it would be to not seek the perfect diet, a hardcore workout routine, or instant results. Focus on one thing at a time, creating lasting lifestyle changes, and continue to build on small victories along the way. You CAN become the person you dream of. It’s never too late and it is always possible. Melissa S.

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