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Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes

Most of us go through lifestyle changes to reach a healthier life. Check a little bit of my evolution and the changes I myself went through.

In 2014, I wrote 2 Wellness Wednesdays blogs: Rolling Like a Boss! and Runner Socks. I like this hashtag very much because many times we get so involved in the huge amount of activities and appointments we assign to ourselves, that we forget our well-being.

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When I read that Maureen and Rina were starting a link-up on the topic (unfortunately, they are not hosting the linkup anymore, but I HIGHLY recommend that you visit their amazing blogs anyways), I simply had to join it! And the topic I chose was ‘Lifestyle Changes I Will Commit Myself Into’.

If you browse my blog entries throughout the years, you will see that my lifestyle change did not happen like magic. The same way that I did not go to bed fit and woke up overweighted, getting in shape again and maintaining it has been a long and slow process.

Progress pictures from my very first contest prep in 2012 after being diagnosed with brain tumor.

Progress pictures 2012

In 2010, I finally realized that things were off about me, but it was only after I took my very first ‘progress’ pictures that I was confronted with how “bad” the situation was. Believe me, it was a painful surprise.

With time passing, I restarted working out and joined different groups and participated in various activities. The reasons why I moved from one to another went from timing to switching of focus. More recently, I have started doing CrossFit. I wanted to do it for awhile already, but I was too scare to face a box. All those incredibly strong women… What would I do among them? Thanks to my doing an internship at CrossFit Aalst, I was able to join the fun and all I can say is that it is even better than I had ever pictured.

If my leggings looked like that, try to picture my knees...

Poor pink leggings after burpees. But we love CrossFit anyways.

Along with training in general, I was confronted with a brain tumor in 2012. If I was still unsure about the importance of living a healthier life, things got clear to me once and for all. I could not make that thing disappear, but I could improve my life quality by making wiser choices from that moment on. And so did I.

For 2015, I want to continue learning about ways to improve my overall health and physical condition. I want to remain in shape and keep on improving my physique and performance. I am slowly adapting Paleo as diet principle. I am also working with Alex Pauwels to put together realistic and sustainable mean plans that I can adapt according to my needs, but that will not take me away from ‘planet Earth’. Avoiding gluten and lactose are also on my list.

[Tweet “Small changes in your lifestyle can bring great results later on. #healthylifestyle #wellness”]

I still do not have a date of when I will be going through surgery, neither I know how long the recovery process will take*. Still, I am keeping myself active, looking forward ways to build a strong body so that I will be able to get back to the gym again, my muscle memory will still be there. In no order of preference, I want to continue with CrossFit, get back to swimming, bike every now and then and get my feet on the gym again. I know it will take time and planning, but it is possible. I am sure it is!

Wellness is about health inside out.

Wellness is about health inside out. – Image source: WeHeartIt

Have you recently implemented lifestyle changes that contributed to an improvement of your life’s quality? Or do you plan on doing some? What are they?

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I am joining the following link parties with this blog:


Fitful Focus

Think Out Loud

The Retro Re-pin Party
Have a great day!
* You can also find me on:

Google+:  (em português)

*Brain surgery took place on April 3rd, 2015. Recovery is way much slower than what I hoped for, but I am thankful for being here and making my way back to fit.

About The Author

Debbie Rodrigues

Debbie Rodrigues is a powerhouse Executive Assistant by day and a Planning aficionado by night. During her free time, when she is not cycling, you'll probably find her journaling.

Hello, my name is Debbie Rodrigues.

By day, I am a powerhouse Senior Executive Assistant; by night, I am a planning enthusiast. When I'm not cycling, you'll probably find me journaling in my free time.

On my website, you'll find tips to elevate your skill set, build confidence, improve productivity, and achieve success in the things that truly matter to you.