I am no different than most of you. I want to be happy and healthy. I want a life that is peaceful and balanced, yet exciting and fun. I want to have the clarity of mind to know what I want and the energy to make it happen. For me, every day gets better and better as I continue to see my life go in just that direction and it’s wonderful. I wasn’t always this way. I felt tired, weak, and out of breath. I was unhappy with who I saw in the mirror and was afraid of what might be lurking below the surface. At 240 pounds, I was uncomfortable in my own skin and was tired of all the ups and downs of dieting which I had done my entire life. I was great at losing weight and even better at finding it again. The truth is that no matter what the scale said or what size I wore, I was miserable. I was searching for a lifestyle rather than a temporary solution, but I didn’t even realize it at the time.
Thankfully, my misery drove me to find a new way of living that would not only help my body, but would nourish my mind and my spirit. I took my life back and found a way to change my relationship with food from one that was destructive to one that is loving. I realized that what I put in my mouth had a direct connection with how I was feeling about myself and life around me. I started putting myself first for the first time in my life and in the process of giving to me…..I lost weight and gained my self-esteem back.
Let’s face it. There is no magic pill out there. There’s no diet that has all the answers. There is only balance. When you find the balance for yourself and you find the courage to stick with it, your body starts to trust you again. I believe that all of us already know what’s best for each of us and that our bodies try to communicate with us all the time. I had somehow figured out a way to stop listening to that. Now I know that my body is wise and when I lovingly listen to it….it responds so well.
My journey isn’t over. I keep finding more ways to take care of myself. Having a healthy, happy and balanced life isn’t always the easiest, but it’s doable when you take small steps, a day at a time. It’s doable when you let go of guilt and embrace imperfection. It’s doable when you reach out to others for support and encouragement. It’s doable.
You have to start somewhere. I did.
Today, I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I have continued to be free of those extra 110 pounds. I love food that loves me back. I seek balance in my life and I just do the best I can each day. As a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, I have the honor of accompanying many people on their journey to health and well-being. It is a joy and a pleasure and it is through my own experiences that I can truly support others who are looking for the same thing…..to be happy and healthy.