Why I Was More Confident At 225 Pounds Than I Was When I Lost Weight
January 18, 2017
Through @getfitbrooklyn, Chinae Alexander’s 117,000 Instagram followers (and counting) look to the Adidas ambassador for fitness inspo and keeping-it-real commentary. But here, she talks about something that rarely gets discussed in captions and hashtags: how to handle the major psychological shakeup that can come with weight loss.
I started my fitness journey—at age 22, when I was 225 pounds and wearing a size 16—as a bet with a guy friend. That was the most I ever weighed—and it’s also the most self-confident I ever was. I laugh because I used to look in the mirror and think, ”Damn girl, you’re so fly right now.”
Over a period of two and a half years, I changed everything about how I operated. I maintained a strict diet and trained six days a week, which resulted in the number on the scale plummeting. I was pretty much a Marine in spandex. Every day, my clothes got looser, the compliments about my looks became more frequent, and my pride grew.