“No Quick Fix…It’s A Lifestyle”
I thought for my first post I would let you all know my back story. Eating healthy is a daily habit that has no end date if you want to maintain your fitness. Like anything worth achieving in life it takes daily discipline and consistency. For me I began to understand this better in my mid 20’s. Around my senior year in high school I completely lost all discipline when it came to my health. By the time I was in my early 20’s I weighed over 240 pounds, I smoked, drank about 10 soft drinks a day, and my diet was full of processed foods and sugar. I would always try to lose weight constantly dropping 10 pounds in a week or two from a fad diet and then quickly add it back faster than it was lost. Then reality hit me when I went for my first well visit in years and the doctor told me my triglycerides were high. What does that mean? Well here is a quote from the Mayo Clinic “High triglycerides are often a sign of other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.” WAKE UP CALL!!! But I had no idea where to start, how to be successful, and no belief in myself to get it done. The doctor told me to start by cutting all the processed carbohydrates and junk foods I was consuming. So, I made the changes eating a diet based on veggies and lean meat. I stopped smoking and began walking 30 minutes every night. I saw the weight decrease and my confidence increase. In a matting of 6 months I lost over 50 pounds.
My journey started 15 years ago. Looking back I realized how much I have learned, and will continue to learn. I am passionate about helping others , and realize It was a good time to share my journey to help and inspire others. Not only did cleaning up my diet help me get to a healthy weight and decrease my risk of heart disease, but I have more energy, better mental focus, more self-confidence. Most Importantly my healthy lifestyle sets a good example for my children. As you start your journey mindset is key to success. Focus on sustainable healthy habits you can stick with consistently vs. drastic changes that only last temporarily.