This might seem so strange to say… but the truth is I kind of hate sharing my “story.”
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sharing what I have done to heal my body. But my story is complicated. There are a lot of facets to it and I feel like everyone is looking for a very linear point A to point B timeline. My health journey has spanned years… YEARS my friends and there have been a lot of ups and downs, trial and error along the way as I have learned new habits, new ways of thinking and completely overhauled my nutrition and lifestyle. I am still very much on this journey because I feel like living a healthy life is something we choose to do daily.
So when someone wants to know, “how I lost weight,” or “how I healed from PCOS,” I get a little stumped on how to begin since there are so many things that happened over the years that made those victories possible. For now though, I think I can sum it up, in a very simplified, non-linear fashion, with 5 basic tips that have been the core of everything I have done.
AKA… GET HEALTHY INSIDE AND OUT!
1. I ate a strict diet and eliminated inflammatory foods. The simplest terms for this is I ate non-GMO, organic and Paleo. I got rid of all inflammatory and processed foods so that my body could HEAL!!!! Not so I could lose weight… so my body that was suffering and falling apart could get a break. I was very rigid about this for a long time but now that my body is healthier and I am off medications, I have loosened the reigns and am not as strict. So don’t go crazy when I eat something that is not Paleo. Life happens and I am able to eat very intuitively now. I am not about to go my entire life without eating another cupcake or Oreo. Lets be real people.
2. I learned to workout for my health, not to counteract what I ate. I workout daily. YES daily! I move my body in some form or fashion every single day because that is what my body craves and what helps keeps my hormones happy and balanced. Some days it is a more intense workout like Body Beast or 22 Minute Hard Corps, other days it is gentle yoga or just a long walk around the neighborhood with my kids. Regardless I choose to move every single day because it is what our bodies were designed to do. Exercise is not a chore. It is a privilege and a celebration of all our bodies are capable of.
3. I supplement my diet with whole-food based vitamins and minerals. I used to take handfuls of supplements in capsule form, now I drink my supplements in my Shakeology. The delivery may have changed, but the principle and the reason I do it remains the same. My body NEEDS dense nutrition to repair and function at its peak. I provide it the tools through clean eating and supplementation to do that. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, adaptogen herbs are all part of the system I have been using for years to conquer leaky gut, and heal from the inside out. I ate a standard American diet for 30+ years… there is a lot to make up for after all that processed junk. Good supplementation gives me energy, stamina and is my safety net on days when my diet may be lacking.
4. I have learned to fill my mind up with positivity. I have cut out the “entertainment” that added to the negativity I felt naturally and now fill my mind up with personal development and entertainment that inspires and motivates me to achieve success in all areas of my life. It is literally one of the most joyful things I have done for myself. It has given me permission to simply BE myself and let go of all expectations of what others may think of me. If you don’t like me and what I have to say, that is okay… keep on trucking. My only job and YOUR only job is to live a life that you love and brings you joy. Your happiness is not my problem. Only mine is.
5. Given myself grace. In today’s world we are exposed to so many opinions and thoughts on how to do everything just right that it is often overwhelming and can lead to anxiety. Sure I have learned what is optimal and what will help me be healthier or be a better mother, business owner, spouse, etc. But I have also learned that good enough is all you need somedays. I used to be so focused on everything being so perfect when I was healing my body that if I slid off course just a little, it was such a heavy blow to my heart that it could knock me off course for weeks or months. Now I realize there has to be a balance. I will not get everything right all the time and that is okay. It is the sum of the whole that matters. My goal is to knock it out of the park 80% of the time… and I’m good at that. The other 20% of the time if I’m driving through McDonald’s or put my kids to bed without a bath and brushing their teeth, well… that little bit won’t really matter because for the most part I’m nailing it. We can’t all be perfect all the time. That illusion of perfection is crippling. I strive really hard to care for my body, my health and my family to the best of my abilities every single day. Some days though, caring for my sanity prevails and cheeseburgers happen. It will be okay as long as those days are the exception not the rule.
There you have it. The 5 key elements that have helped change my life. There have been a lot of ups and downs along the way. Many years of starts and stops and do-overs. Times when the 80/20 balance got flipped for a bit but I learned how to course correct. I know when to call my own bullshit and get it back on track. I think that is the biggest trick of all; to learn your own traps and excuses and manage them. Anticipate your road blocks and plan ahead how you will overcome them. Most of all… DON’T GIVE UP! The only sure fire way to fail and never meet your goals is to give up. If you keep trying, keep learning and growing you will ALWAYS find success. It may not be in the time frame you hoped for or come in the shape or form you anticipated, but it will come. This is all a journey to living your best life, mentally and physically. You must be willing to fail a lot to find what you are after.
If you want to work hard together and change lives, yours and those around you, email me. The tools and systems are simple. You just have to add the effort! Sometimes all we need are the right tools, and a friend who has walked the path ahead of you to guide the way and let you know it is possible! Trust me… it is possible!