The making of my #dadbod
Before having children, I thought I was in pretty good shape. This was in my 20’s when my metabolism allowed me to eat whatever and whenever I wanted, and not worry about gaining an ounce of weight. Also, I stayed active through basketball and weight lifting here and there. Sleep, another part of this healthy lifestyle equation was not as mandatory as it was today. I remember hanging out into the night and getting 4-5 hours of sleep. After, I would be totally fine the next day to function in class and at work (working at the mall, not at the hospital!).
As my 20’s came to an end, I was also finishing up Graduate School. With all the demands of studying and putting in the clinical hours in the operating room, I was worrying less and less about my health and well-being. I was so intently focused on my studies that I was not taking my health so seriously. I ate whenever and whatever would satisfy my cravings. And we all know that our metabolism slows down as we reach closer to 30. I had little time for exercise and I became borderline hypertensive.
Exercise? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I will refuse the #dadbod! I will refuse the #dadbod! I will refuse the #dadbod….
….I will redefine the #dadbod…
As you can see in the picture above, I gained some weight during my two years in Grad School!
Fast forward six years and 3 kids later, I actually have less time than I had during school! I had to take MY life into my own hands and stopped making excuses for myself.
So, what did I do?
I started running (<-insert Forrest Gump voice). I finished multiple half marathons and a full marathon in 2013; I started to make healthier decisions with what I ate and made sure that I definitely made time for me and the kids.
Physically, I dropped the excess fat and gained a little (juuust a liiittle) muscle. I feel so much healthier at 36 than I did at 26. I hope to continue this trend and set a good example for my kids to live a healthy and full life.
In 10 years, I want to be able to say, “I am healthier in my 40’s than I was in my 30’s.”
I hope my story can inspire you to take action into your life to make positive decisions and move your life in the right direction! We shall take the #dadbod moniker and turn it into a positive badge of honor!
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