Hi Sparkling Footsteps readers! My name is Tieka and I run the blog Selective Potential. When Lynzy asked me to write a post on being Fit & Fashionable, I jumped at the chance! I've gone through a pretty incredible journey to get to where I am right now with my style and body image, so sharing my story is one of my favorite things to do. I love being an inspiration to girls out there who are struggling with the same things I went through.
Three years ago, I made it a personal New Year's Resolution to lose 30 pounds. I never truly felt comfortable in my own skin. I never felt like I could wear what I wanted to. I was always covering up in jeans and hoodies and wrapping myself in beach towels on the beach instead of swimming in the lake. I started my diet with Weight Watchers and spent the next eight months following the plan strictly and running 4-5 times a week. By the end of summer, I had lost 35 pounds. I felt like a brand new person. I started my fashion blog… and I feel like my life started when my weight loss journey ended.
It was never truly about being thin. It was about finding a way to finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I pushed myself to do something I've always wanted to do and when I finished, I felt like I could do anything I wanted to! I'm not sure where I'd be or WHO I'd be without going through that personal experience.