Fifteen-year-old Taylor Todd has made all sorts of changes in her life–beginning with her decision to get healthy. In 2009, she went to weight loss camp with her twin sister Tyler and lost 32 pounds! Here are some of her thoughts:
What was the number one change you made in your life?
Deciding to get healthy so I wouldn’t have health issues later on in life.
What was the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was actually doing something about my weight.
How did you deal with it?
I prayed for strength and the right mind to keep me focused on my goals, and I knew I had family and friends and other teens around who were going through the same thing.
What do you wish other girls knew about healthy eating?
Healthy eating isn’t just about what you eat. It’s also about portions, knowing your limits and watching your calorie intake. With healthy eating also comes a daily routine of exercise (like some type of cardio).
How can other girls make changes?
Other girls can make changes by just setting reachable goals for themselves and making sure that they are willing to start and keep up a healthy lifestyle. Also, by having supportive people around to help them make and manage these changes.
If there is one thing you’d like to change, what would it be?
I would have had the knowledge I have now earlier so I could be living an even healthier lifestyle now.
How could parents or other adults help teens like you get healthier?
Parents or other adults could help teens get healthier by keeping them on a manageable and reasonable diet for their age. Also, make sure they get exercise each day to keep them active so when they get older they are more likely to be athletic and active.
How do you stay motivated? My mother keeps me very motivated because she is so uplifting and inspiring. I hope I have the same strength she does when I get older.
How did you celebrate your success?
I celebrated my success by staying motivated and knowing that my success isn’t over!
What can you do now that you couldn’t do when you were overweight?
I love to dance and stay active, and now I can do it without getting tired so fast. I love basketball, and I would like to try and get more into it knowing that I won’t have as many struggles now
What would you say to a girl who doesn’t think she can do it?
I would tell her to keep trying and stay motivated. Even if she doesn’t see success now, it always comes in the long run. Seeing your success will keep you motivated to achieve more success in the future.
If you want to know more about the healthy changes Taylor’s family made, check out the Q&A with her twin sister, Tyler, and her mom, Allison.
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