“Health is not about the weight you lose but about the life you gain.” This profound quote by Dr. Josh Axe encapsulates the essence of my personal journey towards health and wellness. It's not just about shedding pounds, but about embracing a lifestyle that allows you to live more fully, more vibrantly, and more adventurously.
Six years ago, I embarked on a transformative journey that saw me lose 80 pounds. But the real story isn't about the weight I lost; it's about the life I gained.
Before my transformation, my weight was a constant burden. It was a physical and emotional load that held me back from truly living. I was always tired, always out of breath, and always feeling like I was on the sidelines of my own life. I was missing out on so much – the simple joys of playing with my kids without getting winded, the thrill of exploring new places, the satisfaction of accomplishing physical challenges.
But as I started to focus on my health, everything began to change. I started eating healthier, exercising regularly, and taking care of my mental well-being. As the pounds started to drop, I noticed something incredible – I was gaining so much more than I was losing.
I gained energy. I gained confidence. I gained a newfound appreciation for my body and what it could do. But most importantly, I gained a life that was no longer defined by my weight or my health issues.
One of the most significant gains in my life has been my passion for hiking. Before my weight loss, I could barely walk a mile without feeling exhausted. Today, I am working towards climbing the 58 14ers in Colorado, a feat that seemed impossible six years ago. Each peak represents not just a physical challenge, but a testament to the life I've gained through health.
With every step I take on those trails, I am reminded of my journey. The sweat, the burn in my muscles, the exhilaration of reaching the summit – these are not just about physical endurance, but about the triumph of a life reclaimed.
My adventures don't stop at the mountain peaks of Colorado. My health has allowed me to travel more, to explore new places and cultures, to embark on exciting adventures that I would have never thought possible. I've been able to do more, see more, and live more.
But it's not just about the grand adventures. It's also about the small, everyday joys that health has brought into my life. I can play with my kids without getting tired, I can take the stairs without getting winded, I can enjoy a meal without feeling guilty. These may seem like small victories, but they represent a life that is no longer weighed down by health issues.
The journey towards health is not always easy. It requires commitment, discipline, and a lot of hard work. But the rewards are immeasurable. It's not just about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain.
So, if you're standing at the start of your own health journey, remember this: every step you take towards health is a step towards a fuller, richer, more vibrant life. It's not just about losing weight, it's about gaining life. And trust me, the life you gain is worth every ounce of effort.
In the words of Dr. Josh Axe, "Health is not about the weight you lose but about the life you gain." This is a mantra that has guided me through my journey and continues to inspire me every day.
As I continue to climb those 58 14ers, I am not just conquering mountains, but also overcoming the limitations that once held me back. Each summit is a celebration of the life I've gained through health.
But my journey doesn't end at the 58th peak. Health is a lifelong journey, and I am committed to continuing this adventure. I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead - new challenges to conquer, new places to explore, and new experiences to enjoy.
My transformation has taught me that health is not a destination, but a journey. It's not about the number on the scale, but about the quality of life you lead. It's about being able to live your life to the fullest, free from the constraints of health issues.
So, here's to gaining life through health. Here's to the adventures that await, the challenges to conquer, and the life to be lived. Here's to a life not defined by weight, but by the joy, fulfillment, and vitality that health brings.
Remember, it's not about the weight you lose, but the life you gain. And that life is waiting for you. All you have to do is take that first step.
In the end, the journey towards health is a journey towards a better, fuller, more vibrant life. And that, I believe, is the greatest gain of all.
Damian Solorzano is Health and Wellness Influencer, Respiratory Specialist and Health Coach who is passionate about optimizing personal health.