It’s been a long trip, but I’ve probably gained 15 years of life and my life has become exponentially better. I was so close to resigning myself, telling myself that there was nothing I could do to change who I am, and with the help of Jacqui and a lot of exercise, better eating habits (frequency and portions), cutting all the non-diet soda out of my life.
Nothing will happen overnight. This has been almost a 4 year journey for me and you make little gains every day. You don’t have to jump right into going crazy with stuff either, layer in your optimizations slowly, make conclusions, and either drop or reinforce if things don’t or do work out. Proceed to step 2. Before you know it, you’ll feel like a million bucks!
At this point the more gains I make, the more opportunities open up to me. I keep finding new ways to better myself to become more active. This is something that will never stop and has become a part of who I am.
To sum up my impromptu sermon here, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t splurge or cheat. Hell, I eat at Arby’s most lunches of the week and some weekends I drink a more than a few beers, but that’s my big thing I cheat on. I keep most everything tight and I exercise in proportion to the bad things I do, I keep making gains. Not necessarily as fast as I could possibly do, but it works for me, and so that’s what I need to do.