You’re probably looking at this picture and wondering, ‘What in the world do all of those food have in common?! They’re so different!’ Well, the thing that links those foods together… is ME! Yes, I’m admitting it – I used to be the fast food, junk food junkie. There were many days that my diet consisted of everything in the second column. Yep, everything. Fresh food, real food, well balanced food was not something commonly seen in my diet. So what changed?? Well, it’s simple. I fell in love with fitness and being healthier.

For a while I tried to do workouts on my “usual” diet – typically potato chips and a candy bar. But that didn’t last long. I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted and the workouts were TOUGH! I mean they were tough anyway, but they were REALLY tough. I finally learned and accepted that the quick/processed foods were not giving my body what it needed to function and perform the way I wanted it to. So I made a change. A big one.

I decided to change how, what and when I ate food. I went from eating 1-2 times a day, to now 5-6 times a day. This did not happen over night and it was far from a perfect process. I tried lots of different programs – Paleo, Mediterranean, low carb, no carb, high protein, low fat. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. But I’ve finally found what works for me and my goals right now. And the quick, processed food is not part of it. That’s not to say I won’t have cake at a celebration or a piece of bread at Sunday’s Italian lunch with my family. But my diet is not centered around those things.

So why do I share all of this with you? For several reasons. First, I’m not perfect. I was not always into health and fitness, but things change. I’m happier and healthier now, I was able to become more fit because of my food and fitness choices, and now I am helping others make those same changes. Second, I understand how easy it is to grab the food in the right column. However, if you want to feel better and look better, that column is not going to do it for you. I know. I’ve been there. Trust me on that one. Third, just because I don’t eat the processed food like I used to (or maybe like you do), doesn’t mean I’m better than you, or I’m smarter than you, or I’m a snob. It means I’m at a different point in my life and I’ve made a choice to not eat it. Do I hope that one day everyone (including you) makes better decisions with what they (you) choose to eat? Absolutely! In the meantime, I’m going to eat my delicious steak salad and you can eat whatever you want.

And finally, I share this because I DO want you to make the decision to live a healthier life. I know how it feels to be depressed, miserable, tired, sluggish, and just really unhappy. I’m not there anymore and it’s because of the decision I made over the last few years regardless of what others thought or said about it. I didn’t always have the support I though I should, but I made it through. YOU, however, could have exactly the support you need to change your life – me. So make the decision – get healthy, get fit, and be BOLD!