Why I Decided to Lose Weight Essay

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P.E. Makeup Essay It doesn't bother me to say that I've been overweight for a good portion of my life. It doesn't bother me to admit that performing physical activities has proven fairly difficult, or that it's affected my self esteem. It does bother me, however, that I let it happen to myself. Recently, though, I've been making a healthy change to my lifestyle so that I can try and reverse or at least somewhat remedy what I brought upon myself. I can't remember exactly when I became overweight, but I don't remember being overweight in second grade, and in third grade I do. It didn't bother me so much throughout elementary school; I never had much of a problem with my body, and at the time I don't think I was all that overweight. However, by the time sixth grade came around I was definitely what you'd call "fat." Fortunately I wasn't actively bullied by anybody because of it -- it's a known fact that 13 year olds are the meanest people on the planet -- , but it still had a pretty big impact on how I viewed myself, as that was the time I started becoming more aware of my "image." The effect it had on how I viewed myself carried over to high school, but just a few months ago I decided to do something about it. In July of 2013 I decided I would start losing weight. I wasn't going to try or just make an attempt; I was going to do it. And I did. I started browsing the /r/loseit forum on reddit for motivation and tips, I started a MyFitnessPal.com account and began counting calories, I looked up foods that would be beneficial to my weight loss, I calculated my TDEE. I did nearly everything I hadn't done in my previous failed attempts, and the results have been great. However, even though I'm down roughly 20 lbs., I've only just started to get legitimate exercise. My reasoning for this was that every time I attempted to lose weight before, I'd started exercising straight off the bat. Upon doing so I was immediately turned off by it, seeing as how it was fairly difficult (and still is, just less so), and was ultimately turned off of losing weight. This time I waited. I waited until I was more comfortable being active so that I wouldn't be immediately repulsed by getting my body moving, and it's a decision I'm glad I made. Despite all