By Jack Robaszkiewicz
At the start of 2018 I made a promise to myself that I was going to be healthier. I wasn’t getting enough exercise and my diet consisted of mostly processed foods. Due to this, I started to gain weight and I was having really bad acne breakouts. I was not happy with the way I looked or felt so I decided it was time to do something about it.
Because I wanted to become healthier, I figured a good place to start would be drinking more water. At first, I would bring a few water bottles to school and drink them throughout the day. As time went on, I would slowly bring more and more water until I was drinking about a gallon a day. Well, as I started bringing more water, it was becoming a nuisance to carry around all these water bottles. I bought a gallon jug and started using that instead. Ever since doing this, I feel refreshed and sharper.
On top of drinking more water, I changed my diet around. I decided that I needed to cut all processed foods out and eat more natural foods. After some research, I developed the following meal plan. For breakfast I eat two scrambled eggs and a bowl of oatmeal. For lunch I eat a serving of salad, cottage cheese, and one chicken breast. Dinner consists of the same foods as lunch, just slightly bigger portions. Eating these foods have helped me tremendously. I don’t get tired quiet as often and after I finish a meal I don’t feel weighed down.
I decided to take this life style change a step further. I got a membership to the gym and started working out regularly. At first, I wasn’t able to do much since hadn’t gotten any physical exercise in two years. I could barely run for ten minutes and lifting weights was a challenge. As time went on, I slowly pushed myself each day to do something more. Today, I have made much progress. I am able to run for more than 30 minutes now and I can lift more weight every time I go to the gym.
Although its only been four months, I am very happy with the way I am treating my body. I wake up every day feeling refreshed and ready to go. While things are changing for the better, that doesn’t mean I can slack off. Every day I am doing more so I can be the best that I can be.