Dear Andreus,

As the new year approaches, I feel so much pressure to live a healthier lifestyle. My boyfriend is super fit and goes to the gym regularly. I used to be in better shape, but after the pandemic started, I put on a good 50 pounds. I am starting feel really insecure about how I look, and I feel like my boyfriend’s eyes are wandering a bit more towards guys who are in-shape. I am not a gym kind of person, and I am also Latino, so I love to eat! I don’t know what to do. I do wanna make some changes.


Carson S.

Dear Carson,

Our lifestyle comes with constant pressure, with fit guys and gym bodies everywhere.  The first thing that I will tell you, is to never change for someone else.  If you are going to make changes, make them for you!  I am also Latino, so I understand the love of food.  However, food choices and portions can make all the difference.  You don’t have to go to the gym.  You can find comfortable routines to do in the comfort of your home and go for regular walks after you eat.  Don’t be pressured by the culture, but I do encourage a healthy lifestyle.  Rome was not built in one day, so work up to it – and don’t let all the gym bodies make you feel insecure. We are all not meant to be the same.