There were many reasons why I decided to change up my lifestyle. After the New Year, I reflected back on the past 10 years of my life, and I had one goal in mind that I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30 years old. I wanted to get healthy and fit. At the time, I really believed that if I focused on my health everything else in my life would fall in place. To accomplish my goal, I needed to diet and workout.
The most important part of this process was to eat healthier. Then I began to realize what an awesome opportunity this was considering I was already working for Freshology, a healthy meal delivery company, therefore all the resources were available for me to succeed. I started to eat our meals for breakfast and lunch on a consistent basis. When I was at home for dinner, I would try to reproduce similar meals as the Freshology meals. I made sure each meal was portioned and carb controlled using lean proteins and complex carbs. I also decided to work out every day whether I liked it or not to make it into a habit. If I can put aside time to take a shower every day, then that means I should be able to make time for the fitness aspect of it. It still is about the food that you take in and that is 70% of all the work and then fitness is 30%.
Freshology made it easy because all the meals tasted so good and I did not feel like I was giving up taste to accomplish what I had set out to do. It was also easy because all the meals were portion controlled and the fact that all the proteins were all-natural was very important on my journey to get healthy. It was a challenge to choose healthier alternatives when going out to eat with friends and family. Working out was also difficult because my body wasn’t used to it in the beginning. As soon as my body adjusted to exercising every day, I started to enjoy it more and more. The toughest part of the whole process was to make eating healthy and working out a habit. Once it became part of my everyday routine, it felt like less of a chore.
I began to notice changes once my clothes started to look bigger and bigger on me. In the beginning, I weighed in at 205 lbs. After 3 months I was 175lbs, and after 6 months I ended up at around 160lbs. I went from a size 36, to a size 34, and now to a size 30 to 32. I also noticed that I was more active, and I had much more energy during the day. I went from watching 2-3 hours of television each day and now using that time to prepare my meals and working out every day.
The good thing about practicing to eat healthier is that there are always foods you can substitute. I began to eat wheat bread instead of white and brown rice instead of white. When I would purchase any type of food, I would always make sure the sugar content and fats were low. For breakfast, pancakes are my favorite. I found pancakes that were whole grain were lower in calories, in fat, and in sugar. Choosing the right food and ingredients started to really make a difference. I started to become more and more conscious about the type of foods I was buying. Choosing the better options gave me peace of mind that I was going to succeed no matter what.
Working out at the gym was not a problem, but actually getting up and driving to the gym was challenging. I would always tell myself, if I’m going to lose weight and get fit, it has to be a combination of exercising and eating healthier. I noticed when I would get home from a long day at work that if I sat down on the couch or lay on my bed it was harder for me to get up and go to the gym. Lounging and relaxing after work felt like I was setting myself up for failure, so from there on I would get home and the first thing I would do is change into my gym clothes. This gave me the mindset that I was going to work out no matter what. I started to plan out my days, when I would eat and when I would go to the gym. Scheduling my days is something I would never do before. Eventually it all became routine.
Motivation and staying positive was the key to my success. I started to receive positive feedback from family, friends, and Freshology coworkers. I also began to follow fitness coaches on Instagram. I learned many tips to maximize my workouts. I then became more active with my own Instagram posts. I would post pictures of the food I ate, and post pictures of my progress. I received a great amount of feedback from the “before and after picture” that I posted. Many of the comments were very encouraging. Many people were inspired, and they would say how amazing the transformation was. All this positive reinforcement kept me motivated to keep going, and now I started to feel like I was impacting the lives of the people close to me. I felt more confident in all aspects of my life. This whole experience with Freshology taught me that it is never too late to change, and never to late to accomplish any goal. Striving to better myself, and challenge myself to reach my potential is all the motivation I needed.