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Eating Healthy and Exercising Saved My Life

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It’s not rocket science: a healthy, active lifestyle provides a better quality of life than any diet craze. There are plenty of pills out there that claim to burn fat and build muscle. Although supplements do help, you’ve got to put in the work to shed the pounds. Work includes your time at the gym and in the kitchen. How do I know this, you ask?

I was one of those people who bought into the lie of the magic pill. After seeing slight results, I eventually gained the weight back. Can you imagine my frustration? I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Whatever I was doing wasn’t working. Finally, I sought help. I wanted to feel better, have more energy, and look better in my clothes. But I didn’t join any expensive programs.

I joined fitness forums and spoke to others who had been in my shoes and overcame. They motivated me to do my best, and they kept me accountable. My new friends even shared awesome resources to help me find the supplements and products I needed to ensure my fitness success, like those found at Sports Direct Offers.

I changed my entire lifestyle because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I started eating foods that I hadn’t eaten since my childhood. Best of all, I didn’t starve, which was a surprise. In fact, I ate more calories than ever before, but none of the junk. Plus, if I wanted to eat a greasy burger and fries I planned for it. Whoa.

Then there’s the gym part. In the beginning, I was sore for weeks, but gradually I recovered much more quickly and began to crave working out. I know what you’re thinking. But if the gym is your happy place you know exactly what I’m talking about. Soon enough, I started seeing results.

So what happened when I was consistent in eating nutrient-rich foods and working out?

    • My energy levels skyrocketed. I found myself spending more time with my children, rather than telling them I was too tired to play or read stories.
    • My appearance changed. Family and friends told me how youthful I looked, that I was glowing.
    • I started sleeping better. Each morning I woke up refreshed because I went to bed early enough to get the eight hours I needed.
    • My brain felt sharper and more focused. Before changing my lifestyle, I assumed the fuzziness I felt was due to having three young children at home.
    • Regarding my health, my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers decreased. Before I was prehypertension and had to take pills to regulate the symptoms. Now I didn’t have to take those pills anymore.
    • Oh, and I developed muscles that I had only dreamed of. I felt so strong that lugging five-gallon water jugs into the house didn’t tire me anymore. I lifted my kids with ease too without feeling pain in my back.

This was only within the first year. Can you imagine what other benefits I’ll experience as I continue on this path?

Honestly, once you experience something like this you can’t ever go back. I look at old photos of me from a year ago, and I can’t believe it. Who I was and how I looked seems like a completely different person. I look so old, tired, and beaten down by life. I cringe because those pictures reveal my deep unhappiness.

Yes, this new lifestyle requires work, especially in the food area. I won’t lie and tell you it’s all rainbows and unicorns. There’s definitely a learning curve in the beginning, but as long as you trust the process and surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you, you’ll get the results you want.

So what’s next for me? Who knows. A few of my friends do Crossfit, so I’d like to incorporate that. Powerlifting looks fascinating, but at my age I’d probably injure myself, so it’s best that I remain a spectator rather than a participant.

Regardless of my future plans, I know that I want to keep improving. The human body is so fascinating. I want to see what I’m made of. Won’t you join me?