If you knew me about three years ago, you’d probably never believe that I was almost a professional athlete in my youth. I was over 100 pounds overweight, drinking sugary energy drinks to stay awake, and eating takeout more often than I’d care to admit.
I couldn’t even go to bed at night without munching on at least one bowl of cereal.
Fast-forward to today. I just completed a triathlon. Although I was nowhere close to finishing first, I didn’t finish last either.
Here’s what I’ve learned from the experience of getting back into shape.
1. You Need Help
My body doesn’t work in the same way it did 20 years ago. It needs more time to recover. I also need to make sure that it gets fed the basic nutrients it wants to recover.
Part of my regimen includes Organifi. I love how it gives me that extra boost to shave a day or two off my recovery from a competition.
2. Be Ready for Pain
The first three weeks of getting back into shape were torture. I wake up at night with dreams about how bad my knee throbbed in those days. If I’m telling the truth, the ankle, knee, and hip on my right side still give me fits.
That’s why I visit a chiropractor once per week. He pops everything back into place, lectures me about my habits as an old man, and then laughs when I don’t listen.
3. Get Support
I tried to do everything alone. Part of the reason for doing that was due to my embarrassment. I didn’t want to be the fat guy at the gym getting put into memes. When there’s someone you trust who can be by your side and offer mentorship, it becomes a very enlightening experience.
Now you know the secret to my fitness and health. Mental toughness helps, but you need a plan for success if you’ve let yourself go a little. There’s no time like the present to get things back on track.