Angie Taylor tells us how she began her journey to her weight loss and how she stays positive and motivated.
Angie Taylor, the face behind the motivational Instagram account @healthyfittstrong, is the real deal. Her no-nonsense approach to weight loss started when she was a teenager and she’s been on a journey to overall health and wellness ever since, motivating her followers with delicious, clean recipes, effective workout tips, and her personal journey.
Can you walk us through a day in your life?
Typically right now my day starts off with a shot of apple cider vinegar, a glass of water, and a collagen green smoothie. I like to get my workout done in the morning and then refuel with my second breakfast. My typical style of workouts are weight lifting, with some HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and plyo (plyometrics) circuits added in to keep my cardio up! Then, I head to work and typically eat a meal prepped lunch which saves me time and money, and keeps my body nourished as well! After work I schedule in family, friend, and social time, and other days I reserve for working on my own projects. Every now and then it’s an extra cardio session – I use these more so for clearing my own head and training for a specific goal (i.e. a race), as opposed to punishing my body. I try to eat a well rounded diet and every now and then that means ordering in and relaxing with a book or some Netflix. I’m a relatively boring creature of habit and I really love that these days.
What inspired your amazing weight loss transformation?
My transformation has been a long journey – at the age of 17 I began losing weight because I was so severely bullied for my weight and I just couldn’t take it any longer. Unfortunately, I developed an eating disorder and I sat in a vicious cycle of relapsing (weight loss via restriction and over exercising) and recovery (weight-gain). About two years ago I made the conscious decision to take back my life and my health, to strive for happiness with my body and self love. I did my research and began lifting weights with a balanced diet where I ate healthily but intuitively (no tracking). I fell in love with fitness and began to follow so many incredible accounts on Instagram that were full of health and self love. I started my own fitness Instagram and the connections I made inspired me to stay accountable and keep going.
How do you stay motivated?
My motivation stems from my own progress for the most part. However, it’s not just my physical progress but rather my mental progress that pushes me to keep going. My motivation isn’t always there, but my dedication to this lifestyle, to my health, to my happiness, that’s what gets me through the days that I don’t want to work out or the weeks that my eating slides. That’s the key for me I suppose, it’s not always easy but it’s worth it for the way I feel when I’m active and eat well.
What was the hardest part of achieving your goals?
There are so many difficult obstacles to achieving goals, from unsupportive friends to self-criticism. I think the hardest part for me was finding balance because in between your goals, there’s a little thing called life that you have to enjoy. After I had lost a total of 80 lbs I was left with some loose skin, specifically on my tummy. I recently had an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to remove that loose skin and repair my stomach muscles from their separated state. The recovery was incredibly difficult and I felt like I was starting all over again in my fitness journey after 7 weeks of no working out. I realized that balance and self love are key components to my goals because I need to live my life and love myself in order to truly be successful in the long term.
What would you say to someone who wants to make a major life change, like weight loss, but is nervous to jump in?
I would say jump! There are hard times, sure, and it seems scary – to everyone! – but no one wants to live a life of regrets and what ifs. You don’t need to completely change your whole life at first, but small changes all add up to the big picture. There’s a view that I adopted at the beginning of my fitness and self love journey two years ago – the time will pass no matter what but it’s what you do with that time that matters most. Pack your lunch more, walk to work, lift weights three times a week… Those small changes in a year’s time will have created a visible difference not only physically but mentally as well.
How has your day-to-day lifestyle evolved throughout your weight loss transformation?
My day-to-day lifestyle has evolved massively throughout my transformation in so many ways. My day no longer revolves around food, and what I can’t eat, or negative thoughts about my body. I make choices for myself because it will nourish my body not punish it, I choose the things that bring happiness into my life, and I don’t resent my body. I enjoy my routines but I am still more relaxed with myself then I once was — yet I’m healthier than I’ve ever been. I walk everywhere, and I look forward to my workouts, I enjoy being active, and I love healthy foods. I allow myself to eat foods that maybe aren’t as healthy but I don’t even think of them as cheats anymore. I have a healthy relationship finally with my body and my mind, and I love every bit of that. The day-to-day bits of my life are finally enjoyable, and I feel like I’m finally living, instead of the barely surviving that once accompanied me during my eating disorder.