I recently decided my fitness needed to become more of a priority. It had fallen to the wayside so many other times in my life here & there (when I was younger and more resilient) — whenever I got busy with things like work and my education. It had gotten even harder to ‘find the time’ for it after a minor injury or two + getting involved with someone with kids (e.g. making me a part of their schedules and lives), + I took up learning to code in the last year. All of these things compounded and I let my gym membership go. I figured I’d get back to it eventually once I got ‘other things’ off my plate. Then I realized, after a trip to the clinic for a nasty head cold, that I needed to get back on track like yesterday. I jumped up onto the scale and found I was 15 lbs heavier. I’d let myself go a little. I’d gained some weight over the last year or two, felt sluggish, and had been living on a healthy enough diet, but I had indulged on foods I normally hadn’t (more breads, pasta, etc.).
I’ve been working out now for three weeks straight (alternating between strength training and cardio workouts), cut out the stuff I didn’t need to eat (went back to not eating to complete fullness — forgoing emotional eating), and have already lost more than 5lbs. I feel way better than I have in a long time and realize now that I’m inching into my 40s, I can no longer take my physical activity for granted.
Great article! Very inspiring.