Healthy living isn’t something that has come naturally to me. I didn’t always exercise or eat healthy foods. I was lucky when I was young to have been involved in sports like soccer and basketball but when I got to junior high, I decided that those things wern’t really my thing anymore. I was never thin but those sports kept me active.
When I turned sixteen, I decided that I should start applying for a part-time job so that I would have some money to spend. I applied a lot of places and it seemed like nobody would hire me until I got a call from my local Dairy Queen asking me to come in for an interview. I never wanted to work in fastfood but at the time, I was desperate for work. I got the job and ended up working there for the next two years.
Over those two years, I started eating more and more fastfood. I kept telling myself that it wasn’t doing anything to me but I quickly gained forty pounds. After a lot of thinking, I decided that the best thing for me was to get out of Dairy Queen and start making my life more healthy so I quit and started focusing on myself for most of my grade 12 year in highschool. I started working out and eating better and found a job that involved more physical activity for the summer. I worked in a garden centre.
By the end of the summer I had lost around 30 pounds and I was feeling so much better about myself as I headed into my first year of university. I decided to live on residence my first year and had a meal plan. I kept my weight off for the first month, mostly because I had gotten lyme disease and the drugs I was on to fight it made me nasuous. After my lyme disease had been treated, I was so happy to be able to eat normally again that I got a little carried away and by Christmas, I had gained 20 pounds.
I decided that was enough and I wasn’t going to let this happen to me again. I started working out consistently 5 days a week and carefully choosing what I ate. Since Christmas, I have dropped most of the 20 pounds that I’ve gained and am working on every improving myself everyday and I have never felt better. The gym has become so consistent that if i miss going for some reason, I feel guilty. I meticulously track my food intake. I am never going back to where I was.
Being fit and healthy is super important to me so I can live long and do the things I want to with the people I love. Don’t let unhealthy living get in the way of doing the things you want to do.