I have always experimented with healthy lifestyle. Different ones. None of them ever worked the way I expected to, when being really devoted and following all the crazy rules. I weighed 60 kg working 16 hours a day and running on doughnuts in the morning and heavy Czech dinners at night. I weighted 47 kg with 15% of body fat and no decent muscle mass eating only lean chicken breasts, whole grains and fat-free everything. I have never been particularly fat, but I had my chubby periods and my skinny-fat months. However, I have never managed to get even close to the “best version of me.” Up until recently.
Almost three years ago I first heard about Paleo approach (from the word “Palaeolithic”) and I got curious. At that time I was failing trying to build up lean muscles. I worked hard and the results were not coming. My workouts seemed right and I ate what was considered super healthy, yet I was always hungry, low in energy and grumpy. I slept very little trying to manage everything in the world during one day. I decided to give Paleo a shot.
It took me almost two years to become a fat burning beast and a devoted cave girl due to a long period of emotional overeating that made my weight jump up and down, and my days miserable. Since summer 2013 life is great. I figured out my workouts, learned that enough sleep can completely change one’s day and found food makes me feel great and tastes even better (I have even become a great cook!). I am one step from winning over emotional overeating.
After years of experimenting and trying to find the most efficient (read – the most effortless) way to feeling confident in my own body and use it as a tool to all the fun life offers, I am content. I sleep enough, workout in the mornings, eat delicious food that gives me energy rather than fatigue and always find time to “play” whether it means biking, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, hanging out with friends or alone with my camera looking for hidden spots in my city. I do have a full-time nine to six (usually longer) sedentary office job, where stress is common, and my current lifestyle allows me to focus fully, work efficiently, and wake up every morning ready for another day.
It has been a long journey and I am definitely not near the end of it. But every day I am one step closer to the best version of myself. Every day I can choose what it will look like, and enjoy the addictive benefits of living right.