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Krysta Weighs In: The Right Approach

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Krysta Weighs In
Contributed Photo Krysta working out
Contributed Photo Krysta Weighs In
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you, by becoming an even better you, is what my mother told me - I never knew what that meant until I got older. I've been fortunate to meet many confident full-figured women, so happy for that, but there is still some among us who walk with this cloud over our heads, ready to burst at any time.

It was my mother who woke me up when reality set in that I was going down a rocky road of health issues. My back went out for absolutely no reason, and the only thing the doctor could come up with was that it occurred because I was overweight. An even more serious heart to heart came in play, when we were just having our girls' time. I decided then and there to do something positive with it.

That was the approach that worked with me. Hurtful comments about having too much to eat, how much weight I let myself gain, broke me down. Timing is important and it's best to bring it up when things are at their highest. Have a discussion and offer words of encouragement. It helped too that my mother was on her own personal health and fitness journey, so I was in the right company.

Making Changes

When I started exercising, it was the most challenging thing I ever did, because it was almost as if I was in a battle with myself. The battle still continues, but I am stronger, fitter and healthier for it.

Support came from all over, but what I got from my family, friends and trainer really motivated me to push through, despite adversities.

The change in trainer threw me off quite a bit; I had put on a few pounds and felt like I was starting all over again. But I am so happy to have started a new journey with my star trainer Xavier Grey. We came to an agreement: since I had to have the right approach, so should he. I will follow the programme as best as I can, and in return he would pay attention to my hectic schedule, and my body, with its many injuries. To this day, both parties have successfully held up their end of the deal.

Conquering Fear

Since losing weight, I had to go shopping. Now I wasn't slim, not by a long shot, so you know what that meant: same treatment. By this time, however, I was confident, and was ready for anything they would throw at me. If it was clear that they didn't want my money, then one step at a time, I made my way to the exit. I would go where I was wanted.

At the end of the day, I overcame that fear with a smile.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com