Sometimes the biggest choices in life can only be solved through dedication and sacrifice.

For those who are unaware of my current situation, I had heart complications back on July 21. It not only put me in the hospital, but it also took away a big part of me: my overall health and fitness.

Each day that passed, I found myself gaining weight rapidly since I couldn't muster up the energy to walk it off or work out. After all, I was ordered to rest either way, so the gym was certainly out of the picture for the first month and a half.

Eventually, my mental health started suffering from my weight gain. I found myself weighing in at a little over 300 pounds. Not only was I completely out of shape, I was miserable at the same time.

Nothing I did or said was enough motivation to get going again and slowly it was crushing my self-esteem. None of my clothes fit and I found myself feeling very negative, due to the toxins inside my body from unhealthy eating and lack of a fitness routine. I was convinced that there was no shaking it.

Finally, I decided to cut gluten from my diet entirely after my friend and CrossFit coach Jessica Caldas suggested that I could have a sensitivity to gluten. She explained that it was a huge factor in weight gain and the way I was feeling.

Why not? I thought as I began my gluten-free journey.

At this point in my life, I've tried multiple workout programs and diets that either worked to my advantage or failed terribly. What did I have to lose?

It was the only motivation I could gather to get me out of the rut I've been stuck in and I have to admit, after one whole week of proper exercising and a much healthier diet that didn't include gluten, I felt a huge difference with the following:

  • Weight-loss
  • Better sleep
  • Less bloating
  • More energy

All of those points above were a minor change to my lifestyle and allowed me to find the motivation to workout again as I continue down this health journey. Although it feels impossible at times to complete a workout or fight the cruel temptation of a donut or fast-food item, I know that the outcome will only be worth it if I give it my all.

One day at a time.