For years, I struggled with being overweight. I eventually lost 40 pounds but the journey wasn’t easy. I had to find my way through a maze of confusing and often contradictory information. I tried and failed many times along the way. Above all, I didn’t succeed until I learned how to manage myself.
I had many bad habits: I drank too much caffeine, I smoked, I was a little too fond of wine on weekends, I didn’t get enough sleep, and I leaned on processed sugary snacks for energy. My reliance on chocolate, cheese, ice-cream and bread had made me heavy, sick, low in energy and feeling desperate. I tried drastic diets aimed at restricting my calorie intake, which inevitably lead to binge eating, and to even more serious health problems.
I hit rock bottom in 2010 and decided to get healthy. My life today is beyond what I ever dreamed of. I have not only lost weight, but I’m also full of energy. I’m healthy and happy. And what makes me most fulfilled is sharing my knowledge with others and seeing other people end their struggles and get amazing results.
Therefore, I’d like to share the insights that have made the biggest impact on my journey to health:
1. I dropped the idea that I had to deprive myself.