10 years ago exactly I set out on a journey, a journey of self-discovery and adventure. After graduating from university there was opportunity to stay in Canada and start my career but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I knew I needed to leave the comfort of living in my city and with my parents and move somewhere unknown to me. I chose to move to South Korea, a country I knew very little about.
Since elementary school I have always believed that experiences (both positive and negative) are what help form a person’s psychological development and maturity. I was determined to experience a new culture, become immersed and adapt to my new life. My goals were to gain personal growth, knowledge, experience, and to regain my health back.
Let’s rewind to 2004: During this year I allowed the stress of school and other circumstances in life to discontinue any workout regimen I had and to stop practicing all nutritional habits I had obtained over the years from reading Health & Fitness magazines and books and I began emotional eating to cope. Within 6 months I went from a size 8 to a size 11/12 (just to give you perspective). All in all I gained nearly 40 LBS. As you can imagine, this was a low point in my life. There were moments when I gave up but there were also moments when a small part of me believed that ‘this can’t last forever’. I bet on that small ray of hope and I promised myself that one of my goals by moving away was getting my health and fitness under control. Over that year I managed to gain healthier habits and slowly lost the weight. I didn’t rush things as I was trying to figure out what worked for me and my lifestyle. I didn’t want to just ‘lost the weight’ quickly because I had tried MANY diets in the past and every time I would go back to my old habits I would regain the weight. This seems like a no-brainer now but back then I needed to experience it myself for it to stick. The point is, you can make a lifestyle change but only you can do this. 💪💪💪 #transformationtuesday