Unlocking Fit Success: My Transformation Story
My interest in health and fitness began in college when I was trying to reverse some bad lifestyle habits that I had gotten into. Just like all students, I knew exactly how to study under pressure, party like a rock star & “burn the candle at both ends” trying to juggle schoolwork, extracurricular activities and my social life. I was a huge emotional eater; I would eat when I was stressed, happy or sad. Before I knew it, all those late nights at Denny’s and trips to the McDonald’s drive thru had added up & I found myself 40 pounds heavier. I had also started smoking cigarettes and staying up late drinking beer with friends almost every night and fitness was the farthest thing from my mind.
My “aha” moment was when I was walking with a couple of girlfriends past a store and caught a glimpse of our reflections in the window. I was in the middle and noticed that they were so much thinner than me. When we would go shopping, I was ashamed to come out of the fitting room and I felt embarrassed that I would secretly have to ask the sales lady to bring me a bigger size of whatever I was trying on. I felt drained from the life that I was leading and I knew that if I didn’t make a change soon, my health my weight would continue to balloon and my health would suffer.
When I first began my transformation, I immersed myself in fitness magazines, books and websites seeking answers. There is a world of knowledge at our fingertips, so I took it upon myself to become educated. I also had a vision of that I wanted to look and feel like and I was going to stop at nothing to attain it. I endured many struggles and obstacles in embracing a new lifestyle, and later even more obstacles maintaining it. Through my own trials and errors, I have concluded that there is no magic pill or portion for getting fit and it is not something that can be learned from simply reading a book – it is about applying the knowledge in a way that will work with you.
Because society has made it so acceptable to take the easy way out and “drive thru” your cares away at the end of a stressful workday, it took a lot of self-empowerment and discipline for me to break free from that mentality. I had to learn how to kick bad habits by staring them square in the face and understand that there were no shortcuts. At the end, it came down to desire, patience and applied knowledge. In total, I lost 40 pounds and 5 dress sizes but let me make it clear that it did not happen overnight.
Fitness is a lifestyle, not just a “look”. I think it’s fantastic that people get motivated to achieve that look but they have to be realistic by setting small, detailed goals. It takes time to build muscle, time to perfect your diet habits and even more time to balance your new habits and transform your life through fitness. There needs to be a balance of patience and persistence – you may not get the results they want right away but if you are focused on your goals, it will happen. You need to enjoy the process and love yourself enough to do things the right way. I say this because it me a few years to finally piece it all together. The new disciplines and habits I have learned through this experience have allowed me to evolve in other areas of my life and have also given me a new purpose and sense of self. I challenged myself to compete in some bikini/fitness shows and a year later, I changed careers and started my own fitness business where I began to help others shape their bodies and transform their lives.
Angelique Millis is a Certified Fitness Professional, Writer and Lifestyle Coach living in Los Angeles, CA. As a weight loss success story that combated her vices and transformed her physique by losing nearly 40 pounds & 5 dress sizes, Angelique has transcended her passion for health and fitness into motivating & educating others on reaching their fitness potential. She is a contributing writer for several health and fitness publications and websites as well as author of The Fit Success Lifestyle Program. She is also the creator of The Fit in 30 Workout, a fun and effective circuit based training program combining cardio and resistance training intervals that is designed to burn over 500 calories in 30 minutes. For more fitness tips and motivation visit the Homepage and check out her blog and IG @Angelique_Millis