The Evolution of Eva

Hello and welcome to my blog! It has been more than five years since I left the blogosphere, but I am so happy that I’m back! Let me give you some background:

I blogged for several years as an adolescent, documenting just about everything that happened to me from the ages of 14 to 22– even working as a student blogger for the University of Texas during my college years. Blogging was very much a big part of my life. At the age of 20, I had the life-changing experience of studying abroad in China. When we returned from the trip, friends began tagging me in Facebook photos, and I couldn’t help but stare at them in disbelief of how overweight I looked.

Mind you, I had never been a “fat” girl. My parents might have nicknamed me “Chubby Dubby,” but I always just considered myself to have a little extra meat on my bones — never fat. This time was different:

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Many people who read this might be thinking, so what? I’m about the size of the “average” American woman, according to current national standards. That might be true, but for me, this was a big moment. The moment I realized that I didn’t like the way I looked and now was the time to do something about it. That’s when something started to click.

I immediately started adopting a more healthy diet– chicken, vegetables, brown rice, fruit– that kind of thing. I coupled that with about 30 minutes of light exercise a few times a week, and the pounds just started melting off. People kept asking how I was managing such rapid weight loss, as if they had no idea how weight loss worked. The formula is simple: just use more calories than what you put in. Create a calorie deficit. I lost the first 25 lbs in less than 3 months by sticking to this principle.

This formula worked… up to a point. This is when I hit a plateau and started increasing my work-out intensity. Unfortunately, I did not know how to increase work-out intensity the way I should have. During my first year teaching is when I reached an almost unhealthy obsession with exercise. I was running nearly 7-8 miles every single day and only taking in around 1,200 or so calories. Even though I was the slimmest I’d ever been, I was no more stronger at 110 lbs than I was at 160+ lbs.

smallevaShortly after this period, I met and got engaged to my now-husband, who encouraged me to live a more healthy, moderate lifestyle. He also helped me stay more consistent with weight training, which has allowed me to increase my muscle mass, so my body fan burn fat more efficiently and keep me relatively slim. I’ve learned that true fitness is not measured on a scale, but in visual appearance! I am still far from perfect, but that is the fun of being on this fitness journey!

currentevaEvery day I learn more than I knew the day before about what it means to be healthy and fit. The purpose of this blog is to allow myself — along with help others — maintain accountability, set and attain goals, etc. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

 

Love,

Eva

 

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