I'm not sure who needs to hear this, but the potential to become your very best begins with you.

Like most people out there, the weight gain has been real and somewhat of a struggle. Boredom is a demon that overtakes your sense of food portion and control. Believe me, I could write that book.

Often, we eat because there's nothing else better to do and since we've been stuck in the house for almost 10 weeks, this can easily become a bad habit.

Now, I know I'm preaching to the choir and it's nothing new you haven't heard before. This is simply some friendly motivation for anyone who is willing to read this and take in the account that I, too, am having trouble keeping off the pounds.

"Don't eat the snack, be the snack."

Wise words that have helped me overcome many a craving over the past week. I'll be honest, it wasn't until recently that I mustered up the motivation to take better care of myself. It's been difficult to find the will to workout ever since the gyms closed down. It's just not the same.

I thought to myself, perhaps I'm tackling this all wrong, in terms of getting back in shape. For someone who is so used to working out and lifting a minimum of 4-5 times a week, this long stretch of time off has corrupted my routine. I needed to find a way out of this slump and I needed to figure it out quickly before I sunk even deeper.

I've always been the type to "go hard or go home" and that's when I figured out that I was my own worst enemy with this ideology.

Perhaps I had forgotten that there's really nobody watching me, no one judging or noticing my progress. If I had to impress anyone, it needed to be myself. So the next time I open the fridge again to stare blankly until my cravings were satisfied, I reminded myself that the snack I was looking for was staring back at me in the reflection of the butter tub. Close that door, there's no need to be in there.

"Put down the snack and become the snack."

For anyone curious as to why I keep referring to someone as being a snack, I hope you understand that I'm not speaking literally, but metaphorically. However, the comparison is similar. If you want someone to look at you like they would to a tall piece of chocolate mousse cake, then put the fork and put in the work.

Before I get slammed over this, please hear me out.

I'm not telling anyone to lose weight, nor am I body shaming. I'm only stating that I, myself, was feeling a bit overweight and was sliding down a slippery slope at a rapid pace. I'm not doing this for you, I'm doing it for me and for anyone else who was simply searching for that spark of enlightenment.

This has helped me out and I'm sharing my experience with the world.

When all is said and done, and life begins to return to some degree of normalcy, I'll be happy to have overcome my poor eating habits and replace them with positive actions.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm on a mission to better myself.

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