“I was never the most athletic person…
I tried my hand at basketball and tennis, but never took it seriously enough to be considered great. As a kid, it was still fun so I did it anyway. Like many people, somewhere around college I stopped being as active.
Being on my own for the first time, I didn’t really think deeply about calories or how processed my foods were. My freshman year, I didn’t eat enough food so I didn’t gain. But sophomore year, there was this spot called American Pizza my friends and I used to always order from. I had too many chicken cheese steaks and fries to count. We also had Chick-Fil-A on campus, so waffle fries were part of my regular diet. I always had some cookies on hand and not fruits. I drank alcohol every weekend and partied very hard.
At the end of junior year, I reached my highest weight ever: 152 pounds (25 more pounds from when I entered school). My hair was breaking off from heat damage and my skin was breaking out. I was not in the healthiest of relationships. Somehow I was still able to keep my dreams in focus, doing well enough to achieve As and Bs in my major and minor courses and Cs in those pesky courses like Economics and French.
But the summer I turned 21, I knew I had to make a change. I really began owning my overall health. I broke off my relationship, made a goal to drink only water for a month and to cut out fast food from my regular diet. I definitely had my share of pitfalls along the way when it comes to my holistic health. But fast forward 5 years, I am the healthiest I have ever been in mind, body and spirit and you can throw finances in there as well.
I’m proud to say that I have worked out 14 weeks out of the past 16 weeks. I go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. Sometimes it means getting up extra early or going right after work. But it’s been rewarding. I couldn’t do 10 pushups on the ground without falling out, now I can do at least 30 – with breaks in between of course. I hired a trainer to start me off and once I understood how my body worked and established some goals, I was set. I’ve been planning my meals in advance, which is not only healthier, but it saves me money and time and stress once my week begins. Lastly, I’m praying more and giving myself more time to reflect on anything that is in my heart or mind that needs to be fixed.
I am also not dating aimlessly. Part of my own health is being able to execute my dreams. I have a lot of ideas that I want to put into action and right now I rather put free time into that than date because it’s just something to do on my free time. I told myself that 2015 was all about rebalancing my time and giving myself permission to be all that I could be and that meant removing some habits. I really didn’t want to move forward in pursuing relationships being the person that I was. Not that I was horrible, but I was just OK. And I’m not satisfied with being just OK.
The main thing I’ve learned through all of this is that we all get the same amount of the time in a day to get things done. We all get distractions thrown at us. Some distractions are obvious. But other distractions aren’t as clear cut. Some of them may feel nice to have and they satisfy a part of us that’s empty. But if that thing or person doesn’t lead you a step closer to where you need to be then is it really necessary? The hardest part is determining that. It takes going beyond what society tells you is normal and being okay with the discomfort that comes with being different.
Yes it is hard, but I’m sure when I look back I won’t regret it.
To be continued…
Your thoughts: How are you getting fit for the future?