Seriously though! Guys I’m just gonna get real with you here.
After high school I began my journey to becoming a registered dental hygienist. I went to CMU and CNCC to attain my degree and licensure. I’ve been a full time dental hygienist for a little over 3 years now. I love my field of work, I love helping those in my community reach their overall oral health goals, and I seriously just love cleaning teeth.
But I slowly started to notice my engagement in my professional career and family life was slowly deteriorating. I wasn’t waking up totally gung-ho to go to work. I wasn’t actively engaged in any relationship of mine. I was coming home every night after a very long and mentally strenuous day and would eat ungodly amounts of pizza rolls, Mac and cheese, ramen noodles, pizza, fast food, you name it - and then wash it down with a liter of soda. I’d sit on my couch the entire evening scrolling through FB and instagram. I’d shower, go to bed, wake up scrub, rinse, repeat.
On the weekends I’d watch movies upon movies and take 3-4 hour naps throughout the day. I had 0 motivation to move an inch! I had 0 self respect or confidence, no desire to actively pursue other goals of mine, I was utilizing the pick-up groceries option Walmart has ever so kindly created because God forbid I walk around and actually shop for myself. (Not harping on those who use that - I just had 0 reasons to utilize it). Since highschool I had gained 15lbs and HATED the way I looked, felt, slept, all the above. I had seriously created a recipe for disaster.
This year my family and I have suffered many steps backwards. I won’t get into great detail (I’ll save that for another time) but I still am mentally working through these things. But these steps backwards - flipped a switch for me. I decided I wanted control of my life back. This was the first time I had ever put ME before anyone else. It was time for that CHANGE. So I threw out all the crap in my cupboard and refrigerator. I researched a meal plan and scheduled a meal prep day. I began to workout EVERYDAY. I took those necessary steps I felt I needed to make that change into who I wanted to be.