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How 42-Year-Old Jude Got His Health Back After a Heart Attack

Imagine yourself in your early 40s. You have a nice, active life as a competitive cyclist and think your health is peak perfection. But sometimes, life can turn upside down. 

That little chest pain may be a warning. That’s what happened to me. And how did I deal with the consequences of it? 

Keep reading to learn how I lived through a heart attack, how it changed me, and what I did to go back to the road.

Happy and healthy: where it all started

I’m Jude, 42, I’m a competitive cyclist, and I’ve always been fit. Cycling, running, climbing, you name it. It may sound like I’m bragging, but I’ve always had perfect health. Well, at least I thought I did.

Cycling for me was not a sport but a way of life. Aside from my weekly rides, I was part of a mountain bike group that organized rides in towns nearby (as most of us lived in the city center). It was my favorite thing: enjoying nature, getting together with friends, and releasing endorphins. 

It was an ordinary day: I got home from work, started preparing dinner before my cycling routine. I was planning to go back home afterward, eat, shower, and relax. 

I got my bike and went for a one-hour ride. Five minutes later, I was back home, much to my wife’s surprise. 

I felt a strange pain in my chest that seemed to worsen with every deep breath I took. I thought a good night’s sleep would solve everything, but my family was worried since I’ve never had any issues in the past. 

Even though my dad’s side of the family has a history of coronary disease, I did constant check-ups, and my heart was – to my knowledge – completely healthy. 

All my previous exams did not give any clues to what might happen. I was extremely low risk, passed the treadmill test with flying colors. I had a balanced diet and was far from overweight.

My wife insisted this was not normal, so we went to the hospital for a quick check-up. 

Long story short, I was rushed to the ER after having an electrocardiogram test done. I was having a heart attack.

My health scare (and my bike scare)

A couple of days later, and here we are.

Surgery, medication, hospital beds, family worried sick… all the good stuff. And to top it all off, after all that stress, I would still need some rehab. 

I was terrified of what that could mean. What if I have to lead a sedentary life from now on? My passion for cycling has to halt?

The doctor was reassuring. Due to my age and to avoid possible injuries, my rehab would consist of light exercise, and mountain biking would need a pause. However, I would not have to worry. As soon as the rehab was over, I would be allowed to get back on my bike – which both me and my wife thought I would have to completely forgo.

So, a few months went by.

More weight, more concerns

I didn’t notice it at first, but the new routine was not good for me. The exercises were good for the heart, sure, but the sudden halt of my usual high-intensity exercise resulted in a weight gain I thought I would never recover from. 

My free time consisted of watching TV and staying at home. The doctor told me the bike was the best option to lose weight, but I felt I could never go back to it as I was always tired.

As anyone in my shoes would do, I went back online, trying to find any piece of advice that could lighten my situation – even for the tiniest bit.

After a couple of articles with empty promises and videos with miracle solutions, I decided that the only sane thing I could do was let off some steam on my online cycling group and lament the loss from one of the things I loved the most.

Sending “now I guess I’ll spend all my money on a personal trainer” got me a lot of “sorrys” and “that sucks.” However, one of my mates commented about an app: Cycling.Diet.

How Cycling.Diet got me back on the road

I know. It seems too good to be true. 

Charlie was a little older than me, in his late 40s. He said he found out about this app after having a knee issue and gaining a lot of weight. Cycling.Diet helped him lose over 30lbs. 

A personalized set of exercises made by cycling professionals, taking into account my age, habits, preferences, and needs, and I would even get a meal planner by actual nutritionists on top of everything? 

The next step was going through reviews online like a madman, obviously. 

After researching other products, comparing them, and spending way too many hours on YouTube, I decided to give it a go.

Well, let’s just say the results speak for themselves.

The results were immediate. The cycling exercises started mild, and the app itself helped me stay motivated. Losing weight was not as fast, but the meal plans and consultations sped up the process so that I saw results in less than a month. And all that with the necessary precautions and customizations considering my health conditions.

Here I am, one year later. My life has changed more than I could have anticipated (and for the better!).

I still go on a bike ride after making dinner, and I still go to the doctor frequently. The difference is that I am healthier, happier, and more passionate about the little things in life. And it is all thanks to Cycling.Diet.

It not only gave me enough confidence to go back to my weekly workout but also made me realize how to improve my meals. It even helped me convince my wife to go cycling with me! 

She says the app is motivating her more than I ever could. Now she’s more active in the mountain bike group than I am!

I hope my story can inspire others!

Always take care of your health, trust your doctors, and don’t be afraid to get some professional guidance. I didn’t even know as much about cycling compared to what I have learned from the app.

Results may vary due to personal features

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3 Comments

  1. I started using Cyclling Diet after reading this story and I’m really impressed. So far, I have lost 2kgs in 1 and 1/2 weeks.

  2. I love how different the daily workouts are. I have definitely been able to increase my endurance through doing the workouts.

  3. Poor guy… I had a heart attack 2 years ago so I can relate to the story. I love cycling and actually might give this a go. Thanks for sharing!

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