Welp, here goes. My name is Alex Maz and I’ve somehow managed to embark on a journey that I never in a million years thought I would ever set out to do.
Before this journey, any of my friends would’ve told you that I was always the life of the party, that I chugged liquor like a champ, or that I was always down for a late night run to Wendy’s. They would have also told you that I was extremely out of shape, that I wouldn’t be caught dead doing any sort of physical activity, and that I smoked more cigarettes than anyone they knew. The worst part is that I also knew all of this… and that I was terrified of attempting to change. I desperately wanted my health back, I wanted to quit smoking and stop letting cigarettes control my day. I wanted to be able to run without a tight chest, without feeling out of breath, and sadly, without smoking a cigarette literally minutes after my run was over. I also wanted to build my physical strength and finally lose the weight that I’ve been struggling with since I was young. I wanted clarity. I wanted to be strong. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted that for so long, but gave up before I even started every single time. All because I was afraid I couldn’t do it. Because I was afraid to fail.
On November 1st 2016, I made a promise to myself. That for the first time in my entire life I was going to stop living a toxic, unhealthy, and ultimately miserable life. And no matter what, I would NOT let myself fail. And that this time I would do my research and be prepared to make some serious changes without thinking twice.
Today marks the 100th day of my new life. 100 days without a cigarette (and about 75 of those days not even craving one), 100 days sticking to a self-built fitness plan, 100 days of clean & healthy eating, and 100 days of a positive, happy, and clear mind. I would be lying to you if I said that it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. However, it wasn’t half as hard as I always imagined it to be. Since making that promise three months ago, I feel something that I cannot even put into words. Amazing? Incredible? Whole? No. I feel like ME. The “me” that I was always supposed to be.
So that brings us here. Being this motivated and inspired every single damn day has me thinking… if I can do it, why can’t you? So many people I know have asked me how I successfully quit smoking, how I lost all of the weight, what I’m eating, etc., so I’ve decided to share my journey and all of the amazing things I’ve learned along the way. If I can help one single person crush their fitness goals, inspire someone to put down cigarettes for good, or encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle… then I’d say my mission is complete. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
2017 is about to be my bitch. Make it yours too.