With summer just around the corner many people are trying to indulge in salads and lay back on the sweets and cupcakes. The advent of ‘crash diets’ has grown exponentially due to this craze. When summer is soon to arrive, many people go on these 2 or 3 week diets hoping to get long lasting results. Despite the fact that many of these fad diets cut out whole macro nutrient groups and thus are very difficult to adhere to. And even if one could stick to the diet for extended stretches, could they keep the weight off over 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
One way to solve this problem is to approach fat loss via a sustainable, adherable method as opposed to the most ‘optimal’ method.
Or rather, how about loving yourself and learning how to be happy and comfortable in your own skin? Because that’s exactly what Sarah Sapora preaches.
Sarah Sapora is a 38-year-old woman who resides in Los Angeles, California. She is a plus sized model and her goal is to be the ‘most badass, strong, balanced and joy-filled version of me I can be.’
Sarah hasn’t worn a bikini since she was 13, which means she hasn’t worn that type of swimwear for over 25 years!
She started her fitness journey at over 350 pounds and in 2015 when both her parents had to be hospitalized she knew things had to change.
Sarah said that: ‘I was unable to walk a single city block to get to my mom’s hospital bed without stopping in pain; I knew I had to do something.’
Rather than getting a liposuction, or plastic surgery or anabolic steroids, she decided to approach her fitness journey from ‘the inside out.’
‘When I treat my body with respect by eating regular meals that are balanced, I feel better physically. When I do an activity, strength train and exercise. I feel more energized and vibrant.’
Learning to love yourself and be comfortable, happy and proud of your own skin is the first step towards any positive and successful transformation.
Since 2015, she has dropped a whopping 74 pounds but it isn’t the scale that is the source of her pride.
Sarah said that: ‘today, I can conquer six flights of stairs in 54 seconds, leg press more than twice my body weight and am dangerously close to doing unassisted full body push-ups.’
She said that the unhealthy self-image of herself back then prevented her from wearing a bikini. Now, 25 years later, she is comfortable and confident enough to wear a bikini.
Not because she has dropped all that weight, but because she has come to terms with who she is. She’s also learned to refuse to be judged by others, the scale and the negative perceptions that she used to have of herself.
In an interview, Sarah admits that ‘I was held back by my own limiting belief that I was not worthy or comfortable wearing a bikini.’
Nowadays, she feels like her body ‘is a strong, flawed, beautiful work-in-progress and I choose to celebrate it every step of the journey!’
She highlights a serious point by saying, ‘WE’ are the only people who can decide how we feel and other people don’t have a say on how you feel about yourself unless you let them.
‘If other people are uncomfortable with my body in a bathing suit, that is not a reflection of my worth but of their perception of the value of my body.’
Sarah hopes that her positive image with her own body and self could help inspire and motivate other women (and men) to think positive thoughts about themselves as well. As a great athlete Kai Greene once said: ‘Thoughts Become Things.’