“Aha” moments come at different times in every ones life. Mostly, when you least expect it.
My journey towards a healthier lifestyle and mentality began a few years ago, even though much of the physical change seems to have happened in the last year.
In early 2009, I was faced with several realities delivered by my doctor. All of my reckless dieting seemed to finally be catching up to me. Gallbladder surgery was not something I was ready for at thirty-four. But much needed because the chronic pain I was experiencing, it just had to happen. While other family members had the procedure early in life too, I was still shocked and upset.
I had to face the biggest culprit in my health and that was eating on the run. I held a full time management position and the long hours left me very little time for meal planning. First change I made was incorporating more vegetables into my meals — from zucchini, spinach to salad, I tried to add a large portion every day. And it was amazing how much better I started to feel eating more variety and healthier food.
I immediately lost 15 pounds in a few months. The surgery day came and went and then I was back into my regular routine. I did what most people do and I plateaued. I spent the next several months working on my intake but still feeling like I could be losing faster. It wasn’t until last year that I really started to notice a difference. The second part of my journey was another dose of reality. A hard realization but a much needed one. Next week: What I felt after hearing my brother detail his experience with his heart attack last year.