So I am relatively new to this but I decided to start this blog because about 3 months ago I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired. First of all my name is Beth and I am 38 years old. This is me to the left….HI!
Shortly after my 38th birthday, I realized I was waking up every day feeling so blah, fatigued and honestly a little depressed. I had gained about ten pounds over the previous year, stopped working out like I always had and really wasn’t fueling my body with anything nutritious. Let me stop here and rewind a bit….
My entire life, well ever since I can remember, I have been an extremely active person who enjoyed staying in shape and yes even enjoyed working out. I grew up swimming even before I could really walk, played every sport I could through all my years of schooling and was pretty religious about going to the gym once I entered the working world. Then about ten years ago I started having some strange reactions when I was eating and long story short I ended up being diagnosed with a crap ton of food allergies including but not limited to wheat, oats, barley, malt, soy and nuts. For a carb-a-holic such as myself, it is not an exaggeration to say I was shocked and at a total loss how I would go on never being able to eat bagels, pancakes or deep dish Pizza Hut pizza again. As the months and years went by after my diagnosis I eventually got used to being on a restricted diet but what I struggled with the most was the lack of energy I had due to not being able to take in the carbs I used to and then how much harder this made working out. I struggled for years to make it through 30 minutes of working out and eating food I didn’t really love or that loved me back.
About 3 months ago a family member saw me and blurted out that I looked like I had gained weight. I was a little taken aback because while I knew that I had put on a few pounds I didn’t realize it was enough that is was noticeable to the point of being commented upon. Well that was it! I decided right then and there I needed to get my priorities in line. A few days after this, a co-worker of mine happened to bring in a box of Shakeology packets for me to try. I didn’t know anything about the product or even had considered using shakes in my diet but I thought what the heck maybe this will help me get back on track even faster. I did a little research and realized this product offered a ton of nutrition that I was probably lacking and may help fill me up between meals so I could lose the couple extra pounds I had gained. I immediately started drinking one shake a day and hitting the gym a minimum of 5 days a week and the change in my life has been amazing y’all!
I started on this journey about 3 months ago and I can honestly say I feel like a whole new person today. I feel so much better, both physically and mentally that I still can’t believe the difference sometimes. Sooooo long story short, this is why I am here blogging today. There is a lot more that goes into this journey that I talk about in posts to come but I thought I had to get out there and share my process in the hopes that maybe it can help someone else. I think one of the biggest things I have learned so far is that this is in fact a journey that really doesn’t have an end. Being healthy is a lifestyle and one that does require work but in the end the payoffs are so worth it!
I look forward to continuing to document my path to health and wellness here and hope it can be a help to anyone out there who may be struggling just like I was! Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions or would like more info on the ways I have improved my life so far! 🙂