Post is so obnoxiously long so Part1: Y'ALLLLLLLLL, today is my 1 year Fitstaversary of weightlifting!💪🏼🏋🏼♀️🙂 I am beyond excited and proud of myself for completing year 1 of my never ending journey 😃 Fitness and health have always been an interest for me throughout my life. I was really athletic growing up playing sports and I did competitive cheerleading for 9 years...which is what really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My health and fitness journey (not necessarily a structured start) began I don't remember exactly because it was so on and off, but I'd say beginning of Freshman year of high school. I started strictly watching what I ate and lost about 15lbs from eating right and of course countless hours of forcing myself to be miserable and run on the treadmill everyday. After that stage ended...again not to sure when because it was an indirect start to my journey, I became totally inactive, other than cheerleading and ate whatever (felt guilty 24/7) and gained just about all the weight back, granted I had grown a lot through high school and had cheer practice 25/8 so I never had an extremely overweight stage, but just a stage of frustration on how to start becoming healthy without the knowledge I needed. My biggest problem was lack of knowledge, and lack of resources. I knew what I wanted just didn't know how to get there. At first all I wanted was to be "skinny" now Ive learned, all I want is more and more muscle. I've always had a muscular stature and got made fun of for it growing up..I thankfully never had insecurity or self esteem problems with it because my friends and family did a great job and telling me that I looked normal! I cannot thank my college courses and friends enough for opening up my resources and allowing me to find my ultimate passion and goals! Major shout out to @sammiifit for helping me kick start my weight lifting journey from our Exercise Physiology gym class, honestly still wouldn't know what I was doing if it weren't for us having to take that class together.