When I decided to change my lifestyle and get healthy to lose weight, it never occurred to me what some of the positive side effects could be. I thought I was going to eat healthier foods and then my weight would drop and that would be it. What I didn’t know was what would follow. Often, when people think of ways being healthy changes their lives, they think of things like mobility, being able to fit into smaller seats on airplanes, or being able to go up a flight of stairs without being winded. I used to look at it that way.
I waited a year before I began running, and another ten months before I began working out with kettlebells. I never expected to become a runner, let alone enjoy running. I currently run at least three times a week for three miles minimum. I also start each run with a minimum of 80 push ups, regularly getting up to 95-100. As of this week, I’ve also added a kettlebell workout called Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline. His book has opened up an entirely new area of fitness to me and also confirmed an idea I had about how to safely get into fitness (my slow and steady method seems to be preferred by not only Pavel, but many other professional athletes).
This is an area I did not expect to improve in, but being healthy has changed my mindset about how I even look at my finances. For the first time in a long time, I’ve prioritized savings and eliminated excess spending in many areas. Coupled with no longer eating fast food and treats, this savings has ended up being a windfall for me that I enjoy
I find that at work, I’m more responsible, responsive, and a harder worker. It’s easy to work harder when you are not distracted by aches, pains, hunger, cravings, and other physical limitations.
This is not something everyone who gets healthy will do, but getting healthy allowed me to join the National Guard 20 years after I left the Marine Corps. I always enjoyed my military service, and it’s been a pleasure and a gift to be able to return to it now 20 years after I left the Marines. There are additional challenges being a 50-year old soldier, but I embrace the challenge and I have become a better person for it.
I have become sort of an example to my close friends for what Whole30 and the Paleo Diet can do for one’s health. It’s allowed me to help my friends, people I love, to become healthier and in some cases, even more fit. It’s nice when your friends share your diet, but it’s even nicer when they care enough about you to encourage you, and in turn, look to you for inspiration when changing their own lives to get healthy. It’s a responsibility I take seriously, and I am honored that they respect my opinion enough to ask for guidance from time to time.
I feel that my life is better now than it was two years ago, and it all started with a Whole30. I never thought I’d be a person who works out 6 times a week voluntarily. I also never expected how much richer my life would become after getting healthy. It’s all been worth it, and I never want to go back to my pre-healthy days.