Since I was a freshman in college weight has been a real struggle for me. Even with playing college basketball it has been an ongoing battle. In the Mastery 40 Program I talk about becoming the best version of you. Not someone that gets on stage for a fitness competition, unless you choose to do that. On my journey, which for all of us is ongoing, I learned I had an eating disorder. I eat when I am bored, lonely, sad, hungry, anxious and honestly
I can find an excuse to eat something and usually it is sweets related. Now when I finally humbled myself and admitted I needed help I started with a counselor. He helped me to realize that my over eating stemmed from experiences in my childhood when food wasn't available and now as an adult I was over compensating since I could purchase the food myself. It made sense to an extent, I remember one time my mom knocking on doors asking someone if they would let me eat. I was probably in the first or second grade, but the memory is like it was yesterday.
Thankfully, there was a family that was about to eat breakfast and they invited us in and fed me like I was one of their own. I am pretty sure my mom was able to eat too, but I honestly don't recall. Then there was another time as a young kid my mom and step-dad went missing for a few days. My aunt was at the house with me and all we had for three days were saltine crackers and peanut butter. We were physically sick and laying in the floor in front of a box fan by the time they reappeared with groceries.
When I was in the 8th grade I started babysitting and getting paid most times in food stamps. I would walk several miles to buy food or I would just go to the Circle K and buy a ton of junk food. When I was adopted I never missed a meal. I had breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Most of the time it was home-cooked too, but I would still buy junk food and stash it in my closet. As bad as I think I had it, there are people suffering far worse, which is one of the reasons I support Feed America.
The other thing I never really enjoyed was having a consistent workout routine. People that love it are like unicorns to me, but some of you spend too much time at the gym. So life in other areas is out of balance. Too much time will vary by personal goals and other life factors. Sometimes it's obvious, you might spend 3 hours each day at the gym and one hour with your family. And sometimes it's not so obvious.
As you journey through the 40 Day Plan for Health I believe you can find a way to become the best version of you with both, your nutrition and your workouts..
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