PS: How did you lose the weight? Did you follow a specific diet or do a specific workout?
LS: My first decision of change was to stop drinking soda. Next, I stopped eating fast food, unless it was Subway, Chipotle, El Pollo Loco, or one of the other few healthy fast food options. I was living in an apartment across the street from campus, so I decided to start grocery shopping and cooking my own meals. Occasionally, I would eat in the cafeteria, but instead of burgers and fries, I went to the salad bar [and would eat] chicken, veggies and foods that were healthy and high in protein and fiber. I stayed clear of my favorite weaknesses such as root beer floats and french fries.
I didn’t begin with a gym membership or a detailed workout routine. Instead of driving to school, I began riding my bike. Small, gradual changes really added up and impacted my weight loss. Small beginnings led to lifelong victories. I began to walk more, park further distances, and use the stairs instead of the escalator or the elevator. I also picked up a swimming class at school. Eventually, I bought a gym membership and I incorporated a buddy system in my life. Some days I would work out alone, but other days I would have friends join me at the gym for some accountability. Spin class became one of my favorite and most effective workouts.