#FBF I have been into fitness and health since my early teens, however in my early 20's, I'd lost my way...big time.
While I am embarrassed of this, here is what a day in the life of me looked like at that point in time:
I worked as a night auditor (11pm-7am) at the Holiday Inn in Itasca. During my shift, I worked pretty much all alone. I would eat from the vending machines( candy, chips, etc), as well as take what was left from the complimentary cookie bin outside the hotel restaurant. I had full access to fountain drinks so I would drink Sprite the entire time. For some reason, there was a vat of bacon in the hotel kitchen that was always full, so I would dig into that quite regularly. Hotels are pretty quiet from 2am-5am, I would typically play internet poker and smoke cigarettes during that time. Once my shift ended at 7am, I would either attack the hotel's breakfast buffet or stop at McDonald's on my way home. My order at McDonald's wasn't normal. It was over 2,000+ calories: a McGriddle meal with a large OJ, Steak Bagel, Sausage McMuffin and an extra hashbrown. It was disgusting. I would lay it out on my ottoman, eat all of it and then watch TV until I fell asleep. When I woke up I would eat whatever was in the house, whatever junk I could find, play videogames, then more often than not, order pizza or a calzone for dinner around 8pm. Then back to work at 11, and repeat. I spent most of my days off out drinking at bars and would end up at Taco Bell, El Burrito or Denny's late into the night. I did not do any training/exercise during this time because I was always either lethargic, tired, hungover or all of the above.
I didn't fix all bad habits overnight, but each year since, I've improved in some aspect to reach where I am today.
I am sharing this throwback as an example for those who might be struggling with food now or with similar issues. For me, helping others live a healthier lifestyle has become as much of a passion of mine as improving my own self, if not more.
No matter where you are in life, your age, your mentality, or your current relationship with food, you can turn it around. Especially if I can...you definitely can.