A couple of years ago, I decided to get in better shape.
I recently turned forty, and I’d noticed a significant weight gain.
I was also having some trouble with my digestive system, difficulty sleeping and a lack of energy. I realized that I needed to do a lot more than just go one a diet. I needed to change my way of life. I realized that my eating habits needed to improve and I had to become more physically active. I started by giving up meat and becoming a vegetarian. This wasn’t a difficult transition for me. I don’t really care for red meat and it was causing me stomach pain. I also minimized the amount of pasta, potatoes, bread and cheese I was eating. I completely eliminated fast foods, processed foods, alcohol, coffee and sugary drinks from my diet. I started concentrating on all different vegetables, fruits, tofu and whole grains. The improvement in my diet led to me feeling healthier very quickly. To increase my fitness level, I started going for daily runs. In the beginning, I had hardly any stamina. I could only run for about half a mile before I was forced to slow to a walk. It didn’t take long for me to increase my pace and distance. As I began to notice a difference in my appearance and energy level, I became motivated to work harder. I added more stretches and strength training into my fitness regiment. I bought a set of free weights, a jump rope and some resistance bands. The change in my lifestyle has led to so many positive rewards.