I began my healthy lifestyle just 7 years ago. I want everyone to know that it’s not too late to make changes. No matter what your lifestyle looks like now, you can make simple choices to change. I know this because I was a heavy drinker and I smoked cigarettes for 30 years. I used to eat fast food, fried food and junk food on a regular basis. I made my meal decisions based on the type of meat I had in the fridge or freezer. I ate the standard American diet, didn’t exercise and lived a stress filled life.
I remember on many occasions thinking that I needed to make changes to my lifestyle. I tried so many fad diets over the years. I would “do” the diet for a few days or a week, I would lose a few pounds and then I would go back to my normal habits and gain it all back again. I joined a few gyms over the years. Usually around new years when I resolved to make positive changes. It would last a month or so and again I was back to my old habits. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to quit smoking. I knew how bad it was for me and I kept going back. I tell you this because I don’t want you to give up.
In 2013, at the age of 49, I finally said enough is enough. I quit drinking alcohol. I quit smoking cigarettes. I started to exercise on a regular basis, and I started eating right. As soon as I made the choice to stop drinking. I knew I could quit smoking too. For me, they went hand in hand. Taking the 1st step in the right direction is all it takes. Making a commitment to yourself and sharing that intention with someone else is the key. Was it easy? NO. Was it worth it? YES
After a few months I started feeling better physically and I decided to look at my diet. I decided to try to cut meat out of my diet. I was just going to do it for one week. I found some good recipes and made it fun to try new things. After a week, I didn’t miss the meat at all, so I decided to try another week. It’s now been 6 years eating a vegetarian diet.
I wanted to add more fruits and veggies to my diet so after about a year of being vegetarian, I started juicing every morning. I love juicing and I really noticed a difference in how I felt within a few weeks. I had more energy and an overall sense of a positive well-being. I felt really good all the time. I was happier than I can remember being. I didn’t realize that I didn’t feel good until I started to feel amazing. All this from changing my diet, lifestyle habits and exercise.
Around the same time, I also added a meditation practice into my daily routine. I had learned to meditate years before but I was not doing it on a regular basis. Starting out with just a few minutes a day is all it takes to make a habit.
In 2016, I decide to go back to school to become a health coach. I already had a bachelor’s degree in health education, but I wanted to learn more. I wanted to help others to feel good too. I started my health coaching business and love helping others just like you to live your best life. I started walking groups, healthy cooking classes and mediation.
In 2019, I became a certified yoga instructor. I have a daily yoga practice and I personally walk 4.5 miles every day. I am 55 years old and I feel amazing. I don’t take any prescription medications; I only go to the doctor for physicals.
The key to success for me was taking the 1st step. As I began to feel better, I naturally wanted to do more to feel even better. All it takes is making the choice to take that 1st step and you too will be on your way to a healthier you. If I can do it you can too! Make the choice to live your best life!
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