24 years old versus 36 years old
This is the real face of health and it has nothing to do with the scale.
The picture on the left was from a wedding I was in: hair professionally styled, professional makeup, fancy gown. Most already know the story of my life back then: worked out 45min - an hour a day (gym, home, outdoor, you name it), alcoholic, smoked almost 2 packs/day, lived on fast food, Lean Cuisines, and the cheapest whey protein powders from Wal Mart.
Today, 12 years later, I feel more comfortable and naturally beautiful with crazy, messy hair, no makeup, a natural glow, and sweaty post-workout clothes than I ever did all dolled up with zero self esteem. I work out exclusively at home for 30 minutes/day 50 days/week only, just celebrated 9 years of sobriety, have been tobacco free for 11 years, and choose to invest my money in the foods I eat for optimal health instead of wasting it on toxins like cigarettes, alcohol, and food/drinks that go in and out without adding any value to my health.
Health is an inside job long before it shows on the outside and many times, that is the hardest thing to overcome, but I did it, our team is doing it, and you can, too. We're proof. Plus, when you make your insides a priority, your outsides seem to age in reverse!
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