Growing up, I have always struggled with my body image. I simply love food. After having kids, I didn’t know how to properly lose the extra baby weight. I was not happy with the way I looked or felt. About 4 years ago, I hired a personal trainer and nutritionist to help me better understand the importance of energy balance. This includes moving your body to strengthen it and fueling it with the proper nutrients in order to achieve your goals. Trying to change bad habits such as overeating, snacking, drinking, and eating out was challenging, but not impossible. I was doing things out of my comfort zone and saw very little progress in the beginning. The first 3 months were difficult, but I was determined and giving up was not an option. It is amazing when you make yourself a priority and take the time to figure out and understand what works for your body. Proper nutrition and exercise are crucial in order to maintain long-term weight loss. It took me one year to reach my goal, however, I accomplished it and have been able to maintain it for over 3 years.