The name’s Criss. I’m a geeky 24-year-old girl hailing from southern Louisiana. I’m a card dealer, a book nerd, a cat lover, and a gamer.. and I used to be obese.
I spent my entire adult life overweight and obese. I suffered from social anxiety and I locked myself in my house, not even seeing friends and family. I grew complacent about all aspects of my life and quit dreaming. I was depressed and apathetic about life. One day, I finally found the motivation to say, “Enough.” I did my research and decided when I moved two weeks later, that I would take my first serious step towards losing weight and being healthy.
That was a little over a year ago. Since then I’ve lost 73 pounds. That may not seem much to people, but for me, it’s incredible. I have essentially lost a small child. Even more exciting is that I have shed these pounds through healthy weight loss in a relatively short period of time. I never starved myself, juiced, or did any sort of fad diets. This has been a very educational and exciting journey for me, and I hope to share it with everyone. I spent my entire adult life overweight with a pretty mild case of social anxiety due to my weight, and it’s refreshing to be able to live fully now. I feel healthier, I’m happier with myself, and most of my boundaries are gone. The few I have left are in the process of crumbling, too.
I have about 5ish pounds more fat that I’d like to lose, as well as gaining loads more muscle, but I’m worried more about body composition than silly, arbitrary numbers. Weight and pant sizes are meaningless if you’re skinnyfat (a term used to describe the body type where you have starved your muscle away, and are left with a skinny, yet flabby husk of a body). My goals are now to be fit, strong, and healthy.
This blog will be a place for me to document my progress, share my triumphs and failures, explore the emotional side effects of losing weight, and to help others who are currently where I was a year ago. Furthermore, I intend on converting as many young women as possible to the belief that you CAN lift heavy weights, that “toned” isn’t a real fitness term, that food is fuel for exercise and not the enemy, and that muscle on a woman doesn’t mean what they think it means.
Any questions are welcome, but please remember I’m neither a doctor or an expert. I can tell you what I did and recite basic knowledge regarding the science of weight loss, but I am not all-knowing. Also keep in mind that any advice I give or guides I write are written from my perspective, outlining what I did to achieve my progress. There is no single way to get fit or to lose weight.