At the age of 17, Michelle weighed 130 kilograms (286 pounds), and bullying made her life even more difficult.
Michelle struggled with her weight from a very young age, she tried to control it with various diets, but none had any effect.
She kept gaining weight, and at the age of 17, she weighed 127 kilograms (278 pounds). But she did not let anything get her down – since then, she lost half her weight.
And here are 5 tips from Michelle to help you in your weight loss journey.
1- A hopeful look at the future
Thinking of a brighter future helped Michelle to stay motivated. “I think my strength was knowing that I had a bright future ahead of me.”
Small steps with steady progress can be motivation and willpower.
” Where can you be in a week, month, or a year if you did what you set out to do?” she said.
And if you don’t do anything, you won’t get one step closer to your goal.
3- A positive mindset and wholesome entourage
Around three years have passed since that decisive turning point, and Michelle has lost more than 65 kilos.
And the first step is mentally preparing yourself. Of course, staying so positive isn’t always easy. Fortunately, the young woman received the right support in those moments.
“I finally had people and friends by my side who cheered me on and kept pushing me forward.”
4- Out of the comfort zone
Michelle wrote down her goals to keep them in mind. And Among them was getting out of her comfort zone.
Her first gym visit was such a challenge. “I knew nothing about exercise and was very shy, but I went to the class,” she says, describing her situation.
“That decision changed so much in my journey. I don’t know where I would be without making those uncomfortable decisions and trying new things.”
Since that day, the young woman not only attended the classes but also looks forward to them.
5- Losing weight is a process
Michelle has gone through an incredible process, and still, sometimes, the self-doubt and insecurities return. “I’m very insecure about my body even after losing weight. But I’m proud,” she explains.
“I’m insecure about my excess skin, my scars, my stretch marks. But other days, I love how I can point to them and say I have them because that’s where I’m from.”
Most of the time, she feels comfortable with her hard-earned figure, “but it’s natural to doubt yourself sometimes. You just can’t let the doubts win.”