“When I went to college I definitely gained the freshman 15 and then some. I was heavy growing up, especially in middle school and high school, and I had lost some weight and gained it back,” Varner said. She made it a goal to incorporate vegetables and a variety of greens into her diet, ditching the meat and beginning a workout routine.
Her native New York not only presented an opportunity to work out in nature’s gym but also rediscover her city.
“You can run down the West Side Highway or the Brooklyn Bridge and not just be sitting on a treadmill because I hate the gym. I hate being on the treadmill, but I do love running and seeing the sights and that’s kind of how I discovered New York as well,” she said.
Health reasons also encouraged the “Refill” singer to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Her family’s medical history included diabetes and heart disease and Varner wanted to prevent following the same path. But after writing her self-esteem anthem “So Fly,” the big-haired songbird is now 30 pounds lighter and enjoys rocking fashion trends she could peep her figure in. Most importantly, she is able to exercise in a way she never expected.
“I never imagined I could do a push up or run a mile,” Varner said. “The healthier I was, I felt like a better me and it became a lifestyle choice and not a thing of vanity.”
No matter what size the NYU grad fits into, Varner says she won’t let crunching numbers weigh her down.
“It’s sad no matter how we look or what size we are, we always want to change one more thing. I stopped fixating on things,” she said.”I try not to let those things exist to me. The more confident you are about yourself, the better decisions you make. You begin to just make choices that make you feel good.” —Adelle Platton