My Physical Transformation: Welcome Back Life/Energy

I was a vegetarian before moving to Spain in 2013. I always paid special attention to my health, drank enough water, ate healthy and never missed a day of exercise.  However, without even realizing it, I let life get the best of me.

As much as I was enjoying living in the country I’ve always wanted to live in, six months in,  I found myself standing on the scale and thinking “What am I doing to myself?!”

From the day I arrived in Spain until that moment, I had gained over 20 pounds and I felt worse physically and mentally than I had ever felt in my entire life.

I had always talked and listened to people who struggled with their weight. Naively, I advised them to JUST DO IT, but I failed to understand. I never truly realized how psychologically addicting food was until I tried to change my ways.

Although I was never a soda drinker, I suddenly became addicted to carbohydrates, desserts and I had no idea how to monitor my serving sizes.

I felt out of control.

Over the next year and a half in Spain, I exercised, but continued to eat junk. I was discouraged and angry with the fact I was exercising, but not losing weight.  During that whole time I kept remembering the phrase that someone once told me “abdominals are made in the kitchen,” meaning if you want to see results, you MUST start focusing on your diet. However, I just could not seem to do that, no matter how hard I tried.

After one and a half years like that, I decided that it could not continue feeling that way physically. I needed to make a change.

Being in the worst shape of my life and without a day of training, I decided to take a leap of faith and walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, where I walked 31 days (around 950 km) across Spain. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, but I knew one thing clearly:

I wanted my energy and health back.

From the day I started the Camino de Santiago until now, my life has changed in ways that are hard to express in words. The Camino de Santiago allowed me to dig deep in my heart and work on the areas that I needed to work on and to fight for my life and start making changes to a healthy life.


Since that day, until now, I have changed my life style, workout daily (crunches, running, etc …) eat clean, work to monitor my serving sizes and I have lost almost 40 pounds. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life!!


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It was not easy to break the bad habits, but I realized the first step in making it happen is taking time to truly value yourself and your life bad enough that you are willing to fight, suffer or do whatever it takes in order to have that change.

You have to know you deserve it.



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