Valerie Dercole: Women18-29
I want to say that I'm a different person than I was three months ago, but I'm not. I'm still me, just fitter, happier, nicer and wiser. I still enjoy greasy fried food, good German chocolate and pizza, I just eat them on occasion as a treat instead of seven days a week. I realize that my body has needs, and these needs change according to stress, my workouts, my schedule, the time of the month, and I adjust accordingly. I think I'm more patient with myself, and I know I'm more patient with my daughter and husband! Five years ago I quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey, and I found that for me to stay nicotine-free, it was necessary to change my lifestyle: drinking less alcohol, eating less crappy food, spending less time around smokers and spending more time with non-smokers. My priorities changed, and my world opened up with possibilities.
I'm finding that now, having completed Body-for-LIFE, my world is once again expanding; I'm connecting with interesting, motivated people, I'm exploring new interests, I'm reading more. I started a Couch-to-5K program, and I have even started practicing ballet!
Perhaps, most importantly, I'm more emotionally present for my daughter; I cherish her and enjoy her more than ever before. I see now I had been struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression before beginning the program. Life is just richer now that I feel I've got a handle on my health, and it’s less stressful. I look forward to living a long and active life with my family by my side!
* Body-for-LIFE fitness goals vary by person, but through proper diet and resistance training, the Body-for-LIFE program can help you achieve yours.