After moving out of her parent's house six years ago, Anja Taylor, a 26-year-old from Denton, Texas discovered something many of us can relate to: it's hard to be healthy when no one is around to encourage you. Junk food and late-night food binges became her go-to, and the weight began to pile on. One year later, Taylor weighed 333 pounds.
During this time, she started experiencing a number of health problems. At 20, she was diagnosed with arthritis and at 22, she learned she had polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS.
It wasn't until the end of 2015 that Taylor decided it was time to do something. Her weight was starting to impact her health in more ways than one - her knees were aching, her skin was breaking out, and her periods were irregular.
Eventually, Taylor started to push herself to exercise - but she took it slow. " When I first started my journey, I walked around my apartment complex for 30 minutes a day for a low impact workout," Taylor told GoodHousekeeping.com. As her confidence increased, so did her workouts. From there, Taylor began going to cycling classes 4-5 times a week. In five months, she lost about 50 pounds.
Then her weight plateaued. "I knew it was time to incorporate a variety of exercises into my fitness routine, so I started going to Zumba classes and strength training," she told us.
To complement her newfound interest in fitness, Taylor also switched up her diet. Because she's busy working and going to school, she needed all the help she could get. This led her to a local meal service company that preps her meals for her, making it easier for her to eat a well-balanced diet.