In high school there was a "commons area" that everyone walked through to get to their classes. People would stand out in this area for a few minutes before going to their next class. That is when the teasing began. I would walk through the commons area to go to my next class and this one particular group of people would yell at me and call me names. They happened to be the so-called "Jocks" or "Prep's". From being called ugly to a "fat bitch" there was not much they would not call me. This happened every single day and throughout the day. They would write fake love notes to me and say they were from other people and one time they even blocked the doors in front of the school so I could not walk in. When I was cheerleading, if they were not playing the particular sport I was cheering for, they would sit on the bleachers and mock me when I was cheering. The Captain of the baseball team had to write a letter of apology to me once for all of the teasing he and his team were putting me through. It did not stop. Overtime my mother grew sick of me coming home crying every day so she talked to my principal and Student Resource Officer and I was escorted to class to help avoid any teasing. It helped calm things down, but it never stopped.
Though I was always active with sports and friends, I still never monitored my eating habits and I binged. I was an emotional eater. Growing up food was my comfort. I graduated high school early and began college and worked part-time. That is when I was quickly becoming my heaviest. Now I did not have the time to be as active as I once was and my eating stayed the same. All of these factors combined resulted in a huge weight gain. I graduated high school in January of 2007 when I graduated I was 180 pounds and by September of 2008 I was up to 270 pounds. I still had a lot of muscle, but I put on so much fat over top of that.
I was 19 years old, sitting in my doctor's office for depression, on a Tuesday afternoon when I decided I wanted to change my life forever. I wanted to know what it was like to buy clothes and not cry in the dressing room because nothing would fit. I wanted to know what it was like to look at my own reflection and not cringe. I wanted to see if I could truly put in the hard work and dedication it takes to change my life.
That was when I started researching everything I could on health and fitness. I could not really afford a Personal Trainer to help me 5-6 days a week, nor did I want to rely on one. I started teaching myself different work out's, about the various types of cardiovascular activities, the proper way to lift weights, the benefits of exercise, recipes, the importance of different nutrients for my body - there was not one subject in the health and fitness field that I did not read and teach myself about. I have tons of notepads filled with notes, research, and different exercises I created. I wanted to learn it all.
Over the past 3 years I have lost over 100 pounds and added over 20 pounds of muscle. It has not been easy and I still struggle to this day, but I never give up. The biggest obstacle for me has been learning to fall in love with healthy eating. Now that I have developed a love for it, it makes my weight loss journey that much better. Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels. Always tell yourself that when you want to binge or feel like giving up.
I started to blog in July of 2010. At this time, all I did with my blog is write my work out's and document my struggles and accomplishments. It was my therapy. It was not until October of 2010 that I fell in love with health and fitness blogging. People on my Facebook started to notice the change in my body and thus constantly started asking for advice on how to lose weight. I decided since I have spent so many years trying to learn the health and fitness industry inside and out, that I would in turn help other people. It has been a gratifying experience. I was featured on the NC Piedmont triad Radio show "Murphy in the Morning", AOL's That's Fitness, Fitness Magazine's Facebook page, and Bodybuilding.com's 'Transformation of the Week', and interviewed some prominent people in the fitness industry. Helping other men and women with their self esteem issues and getting their weight on track has given my life so much more meaning. This is truly what I live for. This is what I love in life.
Thank you for visiting my website and reading my journey. This is Liz Taylor Training and my mission and my purpose for writing is to help you never give up on any dream you have. The best things in life take a lot of work and you cannot quit when it gets hard. I am here to share my struggles, because I still have them. I am here to share my accomplishments, because you too can have them - I am not special, I just put in the work. And most of all I am here to let you know that someone does believe in you and is always willing to help.