My Story-Part 2

I’ve been putting off writing this post.  I’m not sure why, but it’s hard for me to accurately express this part of my story.

There are 1000 different paths to a healthier life.  I’m only here to share the one that I took.  Maybe parts of it will resonate with you, maybe not.  Everyone has to find what works for them.

For example, a tip that you will here over and over is “find a gym buddy.”  Well you know what?  Gym buddies don’t work for me.  We end up doing more talking than working.  Truth: I get a better workout by myself.

So here goes…

When we last left off, I was 30 pounds heavier than I had ever been and had just moved back to Pennsylvania.  These were the days of the P90x craze and I had a few friends trying it. I jumped on the band wagon.  I didn’t get the weight loss results I wanted (now I know that it’s not really a weight loss program) but I do credit it with changing my attitude toward working out.  Somewhere around the second month, my attitude changed and I began…if not exactly looking forward to, not dreading the workout.

(So apparently I have lost the before and after pictures from this stage of the journey.  Kind of bummed about that one, not gonna lie.)

Around this same time, I watched a documentary called Food, Inc.  NEARLY simultaneously, a large nationwide recall of ground turkey AND cantaloupes occurred.  I began to eat less processed food and more organic fruits and vegetables.  I began to read about the additives in our food supply and what they do to our hormones.  But that’s another post for another time.

Next, I began running.  I dabbled a bit with it in college but was never really serious.  But what stuck with me was that it was the only thing that really got the weight off the way I wanted it to.  So I began with couch to 5k, a program I highly recommend if you want to get in better shape but are starting at zero.  In October of 2011, I ran my first 5k and cried when I crossed the finish line.  True story.  I had never been prouder of myself than in that moment.

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The rest is a little bit of this and a little bit of that…

I’ve dabbled in Zumba (love it), spin classes (hate it), morning workouts, evening workouts, home workouts, gym workouts.  I trained for a half marathon I never completed and I’ve learned to be a pretty decent home cook.  I’d love to do an obstacle run someday and I spread the gospel of eating organically to everyone I talk to.

This is what worked for me.  As I was proofreading this post, I realized that it sounds so short and simple.  But it’s been a journey of six years to get to where I am today.  It did NOT happen over night.  I have completely changed who I am, not just physically, but mentally as well…which is difficult to express in a blog post.  Anyway,  find your own journey.  In the words of the great and wise Buddha: buddha385920

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