Granola Bars and Craft Beer

By: Amanda Narcisi

I used to be skinny. It is a horrible confession. I used to eat salad everyday and workout four times a week. I loved how I looked. Fast forward 17 years and a mentally destructive marriage and two kids and I am not happy with how I look. I am fortunate to have a man who loves my curves and I have had great luck with fashion stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid.

Enter February and the Fitness Challenge at Apple. Truth is that it has been a struggle. I understand everything in moderation, but I feel like every time I substitute Steak for Chicken I feel like I might as well gain 17 pounds. I am doing great with tracking what I eat and I am getting in some exercise when I can (this weather is horrible for outdoor exercise), but I feel like I am chatting the granola bars with some beer. Now I am not drinking anymore then before. I just like the analogy. 

My weight will probably be something I struggle with daily and probably for the rest of my life. I don’t even think it is the idea of what women should be like, but more like I am afraid that if I am not healthier I will end up sick like the rest of my family. Diabetes, High blood pressure, muscle aches and pains, cancer, dementia and heart issues. I want to be healthy so I live longer because I feel like I am not ready yet. I haven’t been successful yet. I haven't had my happiness yet.

I don’t have an answer to this. Perhaps this health challenge will at least take the chocolates out of my life or get me to eat healthy again. Even if it doesn’t help in the waist line. To the everyday challenge of granola bars and my love for steak.