I got my life back!
It is so fascinating to hear about Cindy Valenti's destiny. From being so close to death as she was, and then changing to be as healthy and vibrant is admirable. Her story may hopefully help others that need to change their situation, but finds it hard. Life is sometimes very hard, at other times just wonderful. Cindy is a perfect example of how much our lifestyle do for us. It can either take us down the road and make life miserable, or it can give us good quality of life. It is possible, read this interview and you will be convinced.
Name: Cindy Valenti
Occupation: Health- and Wellness Coach
Family: I am married to my husband Richard. I have two children, Tom who is 30, and Lizzy who is 28. I have three sisters and one brother, and my mom is 82 years young. My grandson Coleman was born on December 9, 2017 on Richard's birthday.
Lives: East Haven, Connecticut, USA
You do seem to be a text example how to live the healthy way that we all want to live. Tell about your lifestyle.
I exercise every day with a combination of HIIT (high intensity interval training), weights and core work. It is only 30-40 minutes and then I drink at least 96 oz of water a day. I eat a balanced diet with veggies mostly, lean protein, fruits, fiber filled carbohydrates and healthy fats. I try not to eat in between meals, and drink my super food shake for breakfast every day.
However, life has not always been as healthy for you. How come you changed path?
My life changed in 2016. I changed the way I was living because I was an active alcoholic. I admitted myself to the hospital because I knew I was going to die if I didn't. I was there for seven days in detox and was discharged on 14 medications. While I was preparing to go inpatient for 30 days for substance abuse counseling, I had a reaction to one of my medications and I fell and fractured my skull and ruptured my spleen. I died in the ambulance and thankfully they brought me back and had emergency surgery. I survived, and spent the next nine days in ICU (intensive care unit), and then was transferred to a rehab facility where I learned how to walk and use my hands again.
My health was failing and I knew that if I didn't do something I was going to die. I think that if I had not had the bad reaction to the medication that the hospital gave me, and fell and almost died I would have stopped drinking. I was at such a low point that I think I really needed that to change. I used to drink 2 litres of chardonnay daily. If we went somewhere to grab a bite to eat at night I would drink vodka. It was a terrible life.
I used to eat whatever I wanted. I never saw that fat person in the mirror. I never weighed myself so I didn't know the numbers, and I definitely avoided cameras.
I run Challenge or Accountability Groups for people who are looking to get healthier, happier and more fit in their own skin. They are based on clean, healthy eating, super food shakes once a day, on demand workouts and support from the group and with me as their coach.
You say that it is never too late, and you also help others who want to eat better and exercise. Do you think it is harder to change things at our age?
I think it is harder to change things at our age because of our minds, not our bodies. I believe that the human body is an amazing thing, and we never know how much it can do. I know that at our age we are more opinionated and have lived longer obviously, and it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks if you don't mind the expression. I know our body is capable of anything... we just like to make excuses for ourselves sometimes.
One last question: Do you not ever fall for the temptation like the rest of us when you see something really tasty?
Of course I do, I am human. I have a problem though... I have a very addictive personality. I don't do well with just doing a little bit of something, I go full force into everything, I really do. I did that with alcohol, cigarettes and food. That's how I ended up a 306 pound alcoholic. LOL. I know that if I have a taste of something that is not good for my body, I will not stop. I never want to be where I was before, so the incentive to snack badly is not as enticing. I do snack, I just have discovered other types of food that I enjoy as much.