Evan’s Column

With the summer approaching quickly, a lot of my peers have decided to either go to the gym more or eat healthier. Changing your lifestyle is a monumental achievement when you truly dedicate yourself. Despite it being difficult to not let yourself fall back into old diet habits, a change can still be achieved.
Last summer, I was going to the gym multiple times a week, attending softball practices/games, and watching my food intensely. Just a couple weeks in I realized a tremendous difference. Not only was I losing weight, but my body would crave a smoothie rather than ice cream. This was a turning point for me. I realized I didn’t want to put toxic things into my body to the extent I have been for years. Although I’m not perfect, I have my fair share of cheese curds from Culvers.
Lots of girls, like myself, struggle with their weight. However, I’ve shifted my perspective on the subject. Instead of looking at it and feeling sorry for myself, I view it as making me stronger as an individual. Losing weight or becoming more muscular is not only physical, but mental. I had to find the mentality to accomplish it and continue working for it especially when I’m drowning in school, sports, and work. It’s hard to make time for yourself when you’re trying to accomplish other achievements. Even finding twenty minutes to do some ab workouts in the living room or pre planning lunches helps a great deal.
Everyone is going to face obstacles in life and might fall short when it comes to physically helping yourself. Even making small adjustments to eating habits or minutes of exercise make a difference. I’m obviously not an expert, but I know that I want to make myself a happier, healthier human being.