When I turned 40, it was a huge life change for me. I wasn’t the young guy who could go out and drink 3 days in a row anymore. Not that I’ve done that for even the past 5 years. Things were different, and I needed to change. It started with work. I got promoted to regional vice president of my company, therefore many more responsibilities were put on my shoulders. In my family life, my wife also announced that we were having another baby. That makes our already crazy family with 3 little kids running around. So when I turned 40, I knew that I had to make some life changes for the better.
I used to eat junk food and fast food everyday. Of course my wife never found out because I used to go out for lunch and sneak in snacks into the house. I quickly gained a lot of weight which wasn’t such an issue at work until they promoted me. Part of the responsibilities of being regional vice president was that I had to travel to different cities and do presentations. However, as I gained more weight, I could feel myself becoming more tired and sluggish easily and all the traveling was taking a toll on my body. This is another huge reason that I had to make a life change.
So a month after I got my promotion, I quit junk food and fast food. I started exercising by playing with my kids and going to the gym. Through exercise, I needed less sleep and also became more aware at work. I’ve started different projects at work and have been leading my team to many successes. Life is good because I turned it around. It wasn’t easy and I’m not finished, but I’m definitely heading in the right direction.