I discovered that something was not right with me when I started to not feel like the healthy, strong individual I used to be because of how much weight I had gained and stopped caring about trying to do something about it.
I had obscured vision. I was actually okay with it because I did not see it as an issue. My body was telling me a different story though when it started expressing impatience with the way I was living and brought what I considered a smooth sail of life into a rough halt.
I can actually muster up the exact memory of how and when it happened that made me determined to make my life different. It was a warm, moonlit night in New York City. The rhythm of the evening felt fine as my friends and I were enjoying some food and cocktails at one of our favorite afterwork spots. Music that made me want to swing my hips was blaring in the air and the drinks were just on point to make it a spectacular evening.
But then, the most irksome of situations happened. I got the biggest jolt of pain in my leg that not only made me jump up and scream in pain, but left my body from the waist down swollen. The situation was like a shock to my soul. Tears just kept rising out of fear as the swelling stayed with me for days. My ankles were so inflated, that you could stick your finger in it and leave a finger print in my skin as it bounced back to the same amplified position it was.
Doctors could not find a reason or an ailment in my body that was causing it. It is amazing how one moment can come and change your entire life like a traumatizing hurricane can. Weeping eyes could not solve my issues and neither could sitting back and not trying to do something about it.
Eventually the swelling went down and I thought my issues were over, until it became like one of those recurring dreams coming back to haunt you over and over again. Leaving it up to chance was no longer an option. I had to be the one to make a difference in my life. It was up to me to rescue myself from the situation. And that is when I started working towards a better me.
I knew that in order to carry on, I couldn’t allow my efforts to be as stiff as a pile of work. Whatever path I was about to embark on would have to be as sweet as warm caramel in order for me to concentrate and stick to the task at hand. For if it weren’t, I would move in whichever way the wind was blowing and nothing would change.
It has been said that in striving to accomplish something great, one must do whatever it takes to make ends meet. Your health is worth more than health and to cherish it like expensive gold you must honor and take care of yourself. It involves more than just eating well but also getting adequate sleep, pampering yourself and exercising. And so, that is what I started to do.
Actually, it started with me becoming completely still and praying that God would heal my body. A doctor could tell you one thing but you can tell for yourself if something is not right. Your body swelling is not normal. Something had to change.
With my next move, I started taking exercise classes here and there. Once I week I found myself doing Zumba. Exercising once a week can maintain some peace of mind, but if you are trying to make a change, an hour of vigorous dancing once a week is not going to do much but add a little bit of instructor led fun into your life that probably was not there before.
A couple of coworkers decided they wanted to join into a fitness challenge. That is when I embarked on a journey that changed my life forever. On August 1st of this year, I joined the gym and decided to start eating differently.
I gave up bread, rice, pasta, meat and coffee. My new meal plan was literally made up of fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, cereals and grains. I actually did well with it but realized that in my past trying a similar diet which did not work, I had to lighten it up a bit to take myself to the next level with it. And so, instead of being so strict with my eating, I allowed myself to indulge every now and then. Meat, rice or pasta I could have maybe once a week. A cup of coffee which I used to drink at least once or twice a day, now became once a month.
Also, since I joined to gym, I have been going at least five days a week for an hour or more and do light exercising on the weekends. From August 1, 2012 until now in mid-November, I have lost 30 pounds. Perhaps it was never an idea that I could change my life so much but no more swelling, I feel much better than I did when it was happening and I have a lot more energy than I’ve had in months. Perhaps I can give some credit to sleeping better. I mean, when you add exercise to your life, your body needs it. Also, I am not eating such heavy foods and have been sticking with it.
I have heard people say it is hard to lose weight but I say it is harder to sit back and be lazy because it gets redundant and boring. All you have to do is get up and decide that it is what you want and go after it. That is what I did. Perhaps it was my falling onto my knees and saying a little prayer. Without a doubt I am grateful that I was leader-led by God to change my life forever.