2017 was a tough year for me. I got sick a few times, got hospitalized, lost a couple of projects, but I also found myself.
When D and I broke up by the end of 2016, I stopped eating healthy and working out. It was my way of moving on and getting over it (I would rather eat a pint of ice cream than sulk in a corner). Then I was diagnosed with Laryngopharengeal reflux (it’s a mouthful, I know) that I had to stop drinking three cups of coffee a day. I also had to avoid a lot of food that may trigger acid reflux and heartburn including garlic, lemon and chocolates, (!!) and the list goes on.
A week before my birthday, I was hospitalized for more than three days and was diagnosed with hypertension (because of my sedentary lifestyle) and was told by my doctor to go on a low-fat, low-sodium diet. I also had bouts of anxiety but thank God, I was able to manage it. I still get anxious sometimes, which is so stressful but I know I’m stronger than my anxiety.
Fast forward to March 2018:
I am now 15kgs lighter, and works out six times a week. My diet consists of whole grains, fish, vegetables, fruits, chicken. I eat pork once in a while, but I haven’t had any beef since September of last year. I still eat sweets occasionally (blaming my dad for my sweet tooth) which is really fine with me. My friend, who happens to be my doctor would always say – you can eat anything but in moderation.
Well, my journey to a healthy life doesn’t stop here. I am always a work in progress. I want to be fit and be able to run a 10K this year and a 21K marathon next year (I know it’s a long shot but it’s free to dream, haha). Luckily, I was able to find a non-acidic coffee which is being sold at our drugstore. So, I usually indulge myself to a cup of coffee 3-4 times a week and the caffeine addict in my is rejoicing every time.
So, here’s to 2018 – may it be a better and fruitful year than the last.