Obesity is preventable.

Ilana Kearns

Sep 22, 2020·2 min read

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According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity rates have tripled since 1975. And the worst part of all? 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019. Obesity is preventable.

Since leaving corporate in 2018 for a much-needed break, I have lost and kept off nearly 30lbs and slashed my cholesterol by over 40%… without a single pill. I am 5'10", 42 years old, and weighing in at around 140lbs with a total cholesterol level at 134.

To successfully lose weight and keep vitals like cholesterol in check, I took the approach that health is a lifestyle, not something I do off and on.

I overhauled my diet; I removed nearly all gluten, dairy, and red meat. Greek yogurt is an exception.

I don’t count calories, I don’t drink much alcohol. I don’t smoke.

…And I love carbs. Rice, potatoes, fruit, veggies, organic popsicles, and my favorite go-to vice, organic gummy bears.

Life can throw us all for a curve, and I am no different. Despite hair getting chopped, divorce, coronavirus, two moves, a new job, car accident, and other unusual mishaps, I have focused on my goals and what matters. I don’t subscribe to excuses.

In 2019, I hit 1,234 running miles.
My stats for 2020 so far are:
959 Running Miles
1,252 Cycling Miles
38+ Swimming Miles

My approach to health is not instant gratification. In fact, 30lbs in two years is an average of just over a pound/month weight loss. Slow and Steady.

I hope those new to embracing a healthy lifestyle stick with it. The results will come with persistence, hard work, and patience.

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