I have been consistently exercising for pretty much my entire life.
I joined my first gym with my mother back when I was in 8th grade. She stopped pretty soon after but I continued going to an aerobic style class. I loved it - it was dancing Jane Fonda style. I was a skinny dorky kid but I loved wearing my shiny pink and turquoise leotard.
In high school I got my hands on a "real" Jane Fonda aerobic tape and did it faithfully in my living room for years! It was actually challenging and I would sweat like crazy! I started high school around 5'3" and grew to 5'8" in a year remaining at 100 pounds. I was really skinny - I hated it! I would pray nightly to be like the other cheerleaders - curvy, muscular....well it never happened (at least not in high school). I ate fast food, candy, soft drinks...whatever I wanted! Ohhh the good ole days!!
College began and I was still a "stickly" gawky girl. I began going to an aerobic class with an awesome teacher named Julie....I loved her! She was so positive with an awesome body! I longed to look just like her. I did her class for many many years. 4-5 days a week. I remember getting my body fat checked by her once every 6 months or so - it was around 18%. I was probably around 110 pounds. Still ate whatever I wanted - never really thinking about it at all.
During my last years in college I grew away from exercise....and I put on about 38 pounds! That's right almost 40 pounds! Not the Freshman 15 but the Junior 40!!
I never really noticed that I had gotten so fat until I was in Chicago one day walking by the Sears Tower with all of the large mirrors and I said to myself "WOW look at that fat girl in the tight purple shirt....she thinks she is sooo cute....she really should not be wearing that..."....well that fat chic was me! I cried all the way home from Chicago and immediately went and bought a scale. I bought the one that made me weigh the least....it was 1996.
to be continued......