Hey guys I’m Crystal and since May of last year 2018 I have been on a weight-loss journey and I’ve been documenting every single little thing. I started at 240 pounds and I was so depressed, and I was angry with myself for gaining all that weight eight years ago.
When I was in high school all I could ever think about was wanting to be skinny. I’ve always struggled with my weight and I always look for a quick fix, I literally tried everything. I learned the hard way that you know it probably it wasn’t the greatest way to lose weight and I ended up gaining all of my way back, plus more, eventually.
I quit trying and on my 25th birthday I thought maybe this was not supposed to be – maybe I’m just supposed – to be big. I basically accepted myself just as an overweight girl. Let’s take it back when I met my husband and I was 18 years old: in 2010 I was at 125 pounds and I was happy with my weight, but not truly happy on the inside.
I did a lot of stupid things to get the weight off when we got married in November 2015 I weighted around 230 pounds to 235 pounds. I just remember hating and having to look for a dress and – especially when that should have been like the fun part of all this wedding planning – instead it was more of just like a hassle.
Six months into our marriage I decided it was time for a change: I wanted to finally lose the weight but this time I wanted to do it the right way by eating healthy and exercising. So what did we do? We ended up buying a treadmill and a weights machine and that’s where it all began. I somehow knew that I wasn’t going to be quitting this time as I had the right mindset.
I stay positive and consistent and to have lots and lots of patience eight months into my journey I had lost 54 pounds and I had you know I was basically in a plateau for two whole months and I didn’t know what else to do.
I then came across Johnny Strauses page on Instagram and I saw that he was a trainer and I saw all of his clients transformation photos and that’s when I contacted him and later on that same day he became my trainer so here I am now 15 months into my journey and I’ve lost over 80 pounds.
I’m beginning a whole new chapter in this journey I’m now training for a bikini competition. Why do I want to compete? I basically just want to go all the way I don’t want to just lose the weight and be satisfied you know I just want to completely transform my body, you know, from 240 pounds to just a bikini competitors body…
I’m still learning as I go and it’s going to take a lot of hard work it’s not about proving the people that I can do this. I just want to show everyone that you’re capable of anything and even when I have children in the future. I just want to feel like a great role model and basically just say you know if mommy can do it to still commute, I’m going to be documenting every single step of the way and I’ll be taking measurements to keep track of my progress.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and your support especially the people that have been with me following me you know sums up the beginning of my journey, it means the world to me and I will leave you with these thoughts, one of my favourite quotes: I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say: “because of you I didn’t give up” so I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to the next phase in my journey to my next chapter and that is training to be a bikini competitor. thank you guys so much for all of your love and support much, much love to you guys.