My transformation isn't a story about massive weight loss or dealing with an eating disorder, but my life is now massively different from what it used to be.
I was always a lean kid but I was also a sickly kid. Anytime there was a flu bug going around, I'd be the first to get it. When I was a teen/young adult, I dabbled in a bit of exercise playing netball and going on short runs, but I was heavily influenced by what I saw on MTV and in magazines; I wanted the kind of body the ladies from TLC had in their "Waterfalls" video. I didn't eat a lot and definitely not very well. It wasn't like I was starving myself, I just didn't understand the kind of nutrition my body needed, so the health problems prevailed up till I was 25.
I used to be scale obsessed too, always weighing myself every few weeks to make sure I was maintaining my 48kg frame. I look back now at the girl on the left and I think "holy hell I was a stick!" But to be honest, I still thought I had a few inches/kilos that I should lose in order to look good. I definitely wasn't trying to pretend that I thought I was fat just to get compliments. No, I genuinely had an issue with my body.
Then a few years ago, I decided I'd had enough of always saying I'd exercise and never commit. If I really wanted that awesome body, I had to work hard for it. Yes, my journey started off purely for aesthetics. Am I ashamed? No, because along the way, I learned to put my mind to doing something and now I work harder than ever before in anything I do. Along the way, I started feeling a lot better with daily exercise and it made me start exploring other forms of keeping fit. Along the way, I've found that I'm eating foods that are higher in good fat and yet I still fit into clothes I've worn for almost 8 years. Along the way, I've found that my body looks tighter and leaner even though I'm 5kg heavier.
Along the way, I found that by practicing yoga on a daily basis, I haven't fallen sick in almost an entire year and the body I'm most comfortable in is just a bonus.
My transformation isn't all that visible, but internally, I'm a whole new person.