On April first of 2014 I received quite a surprise. After experiencing severe pain in my arms, chest and upper back I was taken to the local emergency room and diagnosed with a heart attack. I found out I had 100% blockage in one of my arteries and 50% blockage in another one. This was a big surprise as I had just had an uneventful cardiac MRI 5 months prior to my heart attack.
What began as a very scary event ended up becoming a catalyst for changes in my lifestyle. Before my heart attack, my eating habits, stress levels and exercise regimen were not what they needed to be. While I knew a lot about healthy eating, I was making too many exceptions. My portions sizes were excessive and I was not making healthy decisions on my snacking. Even though i exercised a couple of times a week before my attack, I found exercising very difficult due to the amount of excess weight i was carrying.
After the attack I gave my lifestyle considerable thought. I realized if I didn't make some radical changes, my quality of life would be severely compromised. The most important change I made was dietary. I greatly minimized my sugar, refined carb and salt intake. I now eat 5 portions of fruit per day, lots of green vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats like avocados and olive oil. I reduced my overall calorie intake and make sure I am using healthy snacking options so I never feel hungry. By November of 2014, just 7 months later, I had dropped 50 pounds and over 15% body fat.
A critical ingredient in my return to robust health has been my workouts at Get Cut Fitness. The expert knowledge and watchful eyes of the trainers at Get Cut Fitness have made me feel safe and in good hands. I work hard but not beyond my physical capability.
The amazing thing is something as life threatening as a heart attack has led me to a much healthier life and a greater sense of well being. Thank you to the crew at Get Cut Fitness for being an indispensable part of my new lease on life.