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.
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: