Good health is important to me, but I only recently came to the conclusion that I have to actively work for it.
Two years ago, in the winter of 2016, I found myself. at 40, the heaviest I ever was. My clothes weren’t fitting well and I feared that I was heading into an irreversible situation of an annual escalation. But beyond the numbers on the scale, I felt lethargic; had a ruddy, red complexion; had indigestion daily; and suffered from hip and back pain from a fall I took while skiing the previous winter. I tried intermittent dieting and was struggling to get into an exercise routine because I would quickly overdo it with a run.
I went to the doctor inquiring about my thyroid. Having a history of thyroid problems in my family, I was convinced that my creeping weight, skin problems (rosacea), and general fatigue would be attributed to an underactive thyroid. My numbers were fine and the ultrasounds showed that, although enlarged, there was nothing wrong with my thyroid gland.
I was faced with the hard reality that it was my behaviors that had led me to an unhealthy and unhappy point in my life and that getting back in shape would be more difficult now that I was in my 40s.
Inspired by a friend who had done one, I set my sights one Sunday in February on the completion of a Whole 30. The Whole 30 is an approach to nutrition where, for 30 days straight you eat whole, nutritious foods that are as minimally processed as possible. It is quite restrictive (no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no additives, no alcohol, no junk) and as an extreme elimination diet, it is not intended for long term compliance. But I hadn’t been having much luck with the “everything in moderation” approach and the structure of the Whole 30 was appealing. What doesn’t sound great about eating whole, nutritious foods, eliminating sugar, and letting go of the scale?
That Whole 30 changed my life. I realized I am lactose intolerant and my indigestion stemmed from my daily greek yogurt, which seemed, at the time, like a healthy choice. My skin condition has cleared up. Motivated by the 10 pounds I lost in that month, I became motivated to pick up a new exercise routine. Ultimately, that Whole 30 launched me into what has been a two year experiment of nutrition and exercise that has helped me get into the best shape — physically, mentally, and emotionally — of my life.
I look forward to sharing more about this journey with you. On this section of our site, I will be curating content — sharing helpful links, sharing some of my favorite fitness professionals to follow, provide product reviews, and share the recipes I use to meet a variety of dietary needs in my household [we have a Caveman, a Vegetarian, a IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) adherent, and a sensitive palate to plan around, but that’s another article].
I have no endorsements, just a desire to share within the New England health/fitness community and beyond.
I’m not here to preach or to tell you what to do, rather hoping that you find a few things that are helpful to you as you set out or continue on your own path to wellness.
Be your own scientist, experiment and figure out what works for you — and have some fun along the way!