Overcoming Stress-Lack of Energy-Poor Mobility
Seven years ago I decided to transition from an office position to a field position. I went from being in an environment where there was heat and AC, a fairly clean restroom, and a kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven, to spending a lot of time in my car traveling from jobsite to jobsite. It didn’t take long before eating sandwiches and chips or pretzels got old. I did not know what to take for lunch since I had no way to heat anything up. So instead, I would pick up fast food for lunch as I was traveling from one jobsite to another or I would pick up coffee and a donut when I would stop to use a restroom at a convenience store. Before I realized what was happening, I had gained 20 pounds. Even worse than the weight gain, I had no energy or drive and I was having a very difficult time maneuvering around on the uneven terrain of jobsites and getting up and down the steps with my equipment.
One day I was sent to a community of townhomes that had four stories where I had to measure for countertops in six homes. By the time I had gotten to the third house, I could not even carry my equipment up to the second floor. I had to carry my equipment piece by piece up each flight of steps. I spent way too much time at that jobsite and I was completely exhausted by the time I was done. As I was driving back home all I could think was, “How could I have let myself get this bad?” I decided right then and there that I needed to make a lifestyle change.
As I began to research how to best take care of my body, I discovered that I actually COULD fuel my body well while working out in the field. I also learned that being in good health was about more than just diet. I had to take on a holistic mind, body, soul approach. It is amazing how much taking a holistic approach has changed my life! I still enjoy delicious food, I have more energy than ever, and I have no more pain when maneuvering around jobsites. My mobility has increased and I now move through life with ease!
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