My Personal ChangetheAge Journey

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My Personal ChangetheAge Journey

I was 29 years old and living in Australia with my wife and living what I thought was a pretty healthy lifestyle. One day I noticed I was feeling quite tired and started to be low on energy. After a few days I went to the doctor to inquire why I was so low on energy, only to discover my immune system was really weak. I ended up getting really ill and was out for a little bit. I remember when the doctor told me about my immune system and distinctly recall what went through my mind. “I’m way too young for this’! So with ambition and focus I decided it was time to get healthy.

So my journey of changing the age began. I would begin to seek knowledge about food and nutrition. I had heard of protein and carbs but I had no strong understanding of these really were. Through research, study and simply asking questions I began to shape a new diet. I joined my local gym and decided I would put in the required exercise to turn around my situation. When I first walked in the gym, I had no clue what I was doing. It seemed everyone was an expert and I felt so out of place. However, I chose to put my health above my insecurities. Most gyms offer two free sessions with a trainer when you join and I took advantage of that. I listened, asked questions and figured out how to work these crazy contraptions around me.

As time went on I made several adjustments. I would need to identify the hurdles that needed to be overcome, schedule my day so I can get to the gym and even preplan my meals before hand to ensure I had the right nutrition at mealtimes. Breakfast became essential. Eating in the morning kick starts your metabolism and starts burning fat. Fast food was no longer an option. Learning the nutritional value of this helped me to no longer view it as food. Once I started eating healthier my body started desiring what was nutritious and “treat” food was no longer even a treat.

Overtime, my energy levels began to come back up. I started feeling great and noticed that I was becoming more efficient and effective with my days. I was alive again, gaining a new sense of confidence and even noticed that I was not getting sick anymore. In fact, if I did feel something coming on, my body would attack it and I would end up being fine. My work allowed for 6 sick days a year and in 5 years I believe I only took 4-5 days due to sickness (one or two might have been hookie..sshhh).

Overall, this journey to health was inspired while I was very young. I am so thankful that I didn’t wait until I was older to gain this knowledge and even forced to get healthy due to a major health scare. These habits have been built in to me overtime and have simply become my new normal.  Now as a soon to be father I see the value of being healthy for years to come. This is why I am so passionate about ChangetheAge. It’s not a quick fix or a fad diet. It is about getting the information required so people can then apply knowledge and live the best lives possible for themselves, their families and their future. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Prevention is better than the cure. Check out ChangetheAge for more information.

Here are some quick thoughts about ChangetheAge

1.Do you really know what’s in your food? 

You may think it’s healthy but if it comes in a box or a bag, chances are it’s full of preservatives and not really great for you. Just because it looks healthy doesn’t mean it is.

2. How often do you exercise?

If you go to the gym 1 hour a day 7 days a week that it still 161 hours a week you are not exercising. Your body needs to move.

3. Are you set up to win?

Your daily routine must move in a circular motion. Your gym, grocery store, work place needs to work around your day. Plan your day in such a way that allows you to succeed and enables you to get where you need to go.

4. Prepare.

Preplan your meals and buy the containers required to allow you to take portions of food to work so you can have your lunch with you. If you don’t prepare than you end up going on the fast food run for lunch. Think ahead!

Scott Bakken