In my 20’s and 30’s, I thought I had it all.
I was rock climbing, kickboxing, and doing pilates… each a few times a week. And, on occasion, I’d play around with the dumbbells at the gym (I really didn’t know what I was doing back then, but it seemed to work).
I worked two jobs. One full time job in some sort of a marketing position and a part time job at a catering company or a restaurant.
I had an active social life and drank probably way too much.
I would start my day with a bagel with cream cheese (or when I thought I was being healthy, a vanilla yogurt). Lunch was typically some sort of sandwich or fast food. And, dinner…. well, I often skipped it, or would have a big bowl of pasta or a piece of chocolate cake that I brought home after my shift at the Cheesecake Factory.
This was me at 25. Just looking at me you’d think that I was a very healthy person. I was thin and toned.
Meanwhile, in real life, my insides were a wreck!
My fasting sugars were high, my triglycerides were high, and I had borderline high cholesterol. My anxiety was through the roof and I was actually prescribed Prozac.
My gut was a wreck! I had an upset stomach every day…. a lot of times stress and anxiety induced. In all honesty, that’s probably what kept me so thin.
Fast forward 10 years, when I moved to Maine, bought a house, and stopped exercises. The pounds started to pack on …slowly at first. My skin started to change and I developed cystic acne (which I still deal with 15 years later). I was overweight, my clothes didn’t fit, I was unhappy, and felt plain lousy.
After a physical with a new doctor, I was told I was on the verge of developing Metabolic Syndrome. The only factor that saved me was my low blood pressure. I was only 38 years old.
But, no one ever said…. if you just change your eating habits, things will get better. So, I kept on the same path, gained close to 40 lbs.
I struggled in this body that I hated.
It wasn’t until I found my “why” that things started to change for me.
What was my why? I wanted to keep up with my dog Aspen at agility competitions.
That’s when I actually sought out the help from a personal trainer. I joined her fitness studio and started working out again. I also joined a challenge she had that focused on eating Paleo. And, my body finally started to change.
My clothes fit once again. My skin looked a lot better. And, I felt awesome!
I even started to see proper nutrition as a necessity and not a chore. And, the best part is I actually had energy to keep up with Aspen!
Fast forward another 10 years. I’m now 48 and way healthier than I was in my 20’s or 30’s. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to get healthy.