Going from Fat to Getting on Track
A fat kid in remission learns how to make better nutrition decisions one supplement shot at a time.
Hello! My name is Jarrod and I am a former fat kid turned into a moderately chubby adult who has an affinity for late night snacking and a general aversion to sweating… And this is my story.
I wish I could tell you that I had some grand epiphany and decided that now in my 27th year it was time to get up, get out, and get healthy because that wasn’t how it happened at all. I was actually more than content to eat powdered donuts and shotgun liters of Sprite for the rest of my days. But then I went to the doctor for a checkup and he dropped the big D right in my lap. Diabetes.
This is the part where I mention that I was given the pre-diabetic warning a few years prior, but chose, stupidly, to ignore it. I was 21 at the time and thought that I was young and invincible and if I wanted to eat cake then damn it that’s what I was going to do. But now as I get older, I realized that what may not bother me now could come back later to be a real pain in the you know what. Because I don’t enjoy the idea of dealing with those complications later in life (I'll pass on the heart disease), I made the conscious decision to start being healthier. Seriously, how hard could it be? The funny thing about it was… I had no freaking idea where to start.
I wondered if I should start a #fitnessjourney on my Instagram. I have a myriad of friends who were into fitness and nutrition, but I was worried about coming off vacuous or uninspired. I didn’t want to admit that somewhere I had messed up one of the most important things in my life. My body. That was definitely not cool. Plus, it majorly went against that ‘I have all my s**t together’ vibe I liked to put out into the world. Though, potentially having legions of people telling me how great I was doing and swooning over my weight loss would have been a nice ego boost, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. One trolling comment would’ve sent me spiraling do to an undeserved daily dose of criticism.
I found myself agonizing over the most basic things. What changes do I make to get a healthy diet? Can I still eat carbs? I should probably stop. Can I still have sugar on occasion? Of course, no one can go cold turkey without turning into a raging lunatic. Why am I suddenly thinking about food all the time? Always thinking about food why I'm in this mess to begin with. Should I get a trainer? Can I afford a trainer? Should I try Keto? What even is keto? What supplements should I take? What the hell does vitamin B12 do again? Vitamin D3?! My grandma used to recommend fish oil, but the thought of taking it on a huge spoon made my sick. Was there a better tasting option?
There were so many questions and suddenly the internet (where most logical people find answers) felt vast and unnavigable. I was shook.
Which again, is hilarious. We’re in a world where you can tap a few buttons on your phone and have someone deliver just about anything you want via delivery service so why couldn’t I dial in some help on my health journey the same way? Turns out, I could.
I found Buddy Nutrition right before I pulled the rest of my hair out with frustration. They were able to make my transition into nutrition consciousness way easier than I could have ever thought possible. Some of those questions I had earlier, like what supplements should I take? They helped me figure out right away without having to go out to a vitamin store and ask some underpaid part time body builder – thanks for nothing, Chad – what I needed to do to get healthier.
By taking the researching and decision making out of my hands, Buddy also eliminated much of the stress I had trying to figure out what I needed to do on my own. All I had to do was sit down at my computer and chat with a Buddy specialist. They asked me important questions like what my goals were and what my overall activity levels were as well. From there they were able to blend together (literally) the perfect cocktail to get me up, active, and feeling much better about the state of my health.
The answer isn't a supplement at all, I just have to answer the door and right there in a beautifully colored box, is all of the delicious, personalized wellness shots, fortified with all of the extra nutrients I’ll need for the month. With this kind of convenience, I really didn’t have any other excuse for why I wasn’t getting in control of my health situation. Now that I have more energy (thanks B1 and B2 vitamins), I’ve been able to focus more on working out and making better dieting decisions. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, Buddy has definitely helped me to get my life (somewhat) on track.
Written by: Jarrod Wadsworth