“It’s empowering to feel physically strong and competent.”Elissa Levan
Elissa Levan is a dedicated municipal lawyer based in Baltimore Maryland. Apart from her career, Elissa Levan is equally dedicated to her health and overall well being. Working out intensely several days a week, Elissa Levan has found that exercising not only helps her stay fit, but helps her relieve the stress in her life.
Throughout her life, Elissa Levan, like so many of us, constantly fought with her weight, which ultimately had an impact on her self-esteem. As a young child, she was small, pudgy, slow, and not inclined to exertion. Although she was never extremely overweight, she had started pretty early on that roller coaster that so many people, especially young girls, experience. The ten years after she had children, Elissa had found that she had gained a lot of weight. In the period between her late thirties and mid-forties, Elissa made a decision to take control of her health. After consciously looking at her diet, Elissa found that, like many people, she was addicted to sugar, but didn’t feel very good after she ate it. Though it took a few years to really break the addiction, Elissa now focuses on eating a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, coupled with eliminating any added sugars.
Throughout her life, Elissa Levan has come to understand that being healthy and leading an active lifestyle requires choices and commitments. It’s important that people want to be strong and healthy more than they want another cookie. Elissa has found, much like herself, that middle-aged people in particular think that they have to accept certain things as a consequence of getting older. Ultimately, Elissa Levan wants to share that you can’t avoid wrinkles or deteriorating eyesight or various other indignities of aging, but you can take control of your diet and exercise and you can change your body if you want to. It’s never too late.
“What I know is that, if I, a “picked last in gym” kid, who failed every Presidential Physical Fitness test that they used to make us take at school (I imagine younger people won’t know what I’m talking about, but what a completely and publicly humiliating thing that was), can get to where I am, everyone can. You just have to start. Put on your sneakers and go. The first time I ran, I probably went about 250 meters and I thought I was going to die. But every day I added a few more meters until I could run a 5k. I was slow, I’m still slow, and I don’t care, but you can’t care about what other people are doing, how strong they are, or how fast, or what they look like, You have to measure yourself against yourself and celebrate every small achievement.”