My challenge is over and the moment of truth has arrived 🙂
Nine months of this journey to my healthy forties have gone by to become the best version of myself physically, emotionally and mentally. If I had to summarize it with just one word, I would choose the following: REBORN.
How the challenge began
It all started one day when I decided to go to therapy because I realized that my relationship with food could not be defined as a healthy one. I would have craving attacks and I’d eat a lot of junk food suddenly. Most of the time, I would forbid myself certain food but I didn’t have enough willpower. So, I’d end up eating unhealthy foods, which made me feel guilty and that would cause to eat more. It was a vicious circle from which I could not see a way out.
Going to therapy was the first step in starting to connect with myself and to understand that a change in my eating habits was related to much more than the food I ate.
Finally, in September 2017, several circumstances came together in my life. That’s when I decided to start with my challenge and journey to my healthy forties.
What happened during the nine months of the challenge
This is the table with the numbers related to my physical change.
But, re-reading all of the posts I have written during these months about what has happened during the challenge, I can make a list of the things I have learned in each aspect: emotional, mental and physical.
- I have learned that an emotional balance is essential to achieve a physical change.
- I have realized that the important thing is not to always maintain a balance, but to learn to return to it when something happens that disturbs it.
- I have learned to take power away from my perfectionism.
- I have learned about the importance of setting a goal, to always keep it in mind, and to be kind to myself in times of weakness.
- I have learned the difference between habits and obligations and how to discover the real purpose of my goals.
- I have learned to eliminate food cravings and what to do if they would take control.
- I have learned what habits are, how to change them, how to create new ones and above all, how to maintain them.
- I have learned that smoking was just a habit of which I have managed to quit.
- I have learned how to maintain my eating habits during my travels, whether it’s visiting my family in nearby Sardinia or on longer trips like the one to Malaysia.
- I have learned the importance of spending time with myself and doing what I like the most.
- I have learned how to make workouts a habit.
- I have learned to analyze and appreciate the results achieved every few months, without obsessing about looking into it every day.
- I have found solutions in the kitchen that allow me to always eat healthy and delicious food.
- I have learned to prepare balanced dishes, allowing me to start publishing the recipes that have helped me in my challenge so that you can prepare them as well.
Finally, I have learned a lot about nutrition and how important rest is, and although I have not yet had the opportunity to write more in detail about these topics, it’s on my list 😉
And here is the typical Before and After photos of what the physical changes are, although we know that these changes represent only a part of what has been the global and most important change.
The final results of the challenge
You probably already know that I decided to come to Bali for a month to celebrate my 40th birthday and to close this challenge. I had felt for a long time that Bali was calling me. So, getting everything organized to be here makes me feel proud of myself.
This trip has been a bit more adventurous than I had imagined, but it has given me funny experiences and brought me some interesting people.
I also have taken the time to be alone and to reflect on what has been the challenge, what I have learned from it, and also to connect fully with the new version of myself being 40.
I dare to say that I feel that my 40 feels like my new 20, meaning that I have renewed strength and an open mind to new possibilities. But the best of my forties is the connection I’ve made with myself, to learn what I need to feel well and to eliminate certain fears that I’ve been carrying with me for many years.
Realizing that my relationship with food was related to other aspects of my life was liberating, and having been able to achieve so many changes, thanks to a global work, was revealing.
Exposing myself so much with this challenge, and showing my most vulnerable part has already been a good exercise to overcome the fear of judgment from others and the fear of failure.
I have never felt with more strength and willingness to do, experiment, and live, having the awareness of what I like and want, without the feeling of having obligations or restrictions.
Being connected with myself, loving myself, and being kind to myself makes me more open and receptive, both with people and with experiences. But I have also learned to set limits and to say no in a very polite way without feeling guilty.
I have learned that perseverance is what brings important results and, for that, you need to have patience, not being in a rush. I believed in miracle solutions, but I have learned that if they work, they disappear after a short time.
Bill Gates said that most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. In my case, I could modify that phrase like this:
I used to overestimate what I could do in a month and underestimate what I could do in nine months.
These nine months have been a rebirth. I know that I am just at the beginning of a new phase of my life that looks like it’ll be wonderful because a better version of me is now in charge.
All of these changes related to food as well as to my physical, mental and emotional aspects, make me feel at peace and give me a feeling of freedom.
If you are reading this, it’s very likely that you are also looking for a change toward a healthy life. If this is the case, my wish is that this space will help you to achieve that change, to feel at peace with yourself and above all, free.
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A big hug and Happy Healthy Life!
Claudia Canu is a former junk and sugar addict transformed into a Health Motivator with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has created this website not only to share her “Journey to her Healthy Forties” but also to help other busy women with basic knowledge about nutrition and who don’t love cooking, to live a healthier life and achieve big goals.