Eight years ago I started a true fitness journey. In the years leading up to that change I withstood infertility and all of the medication that messed with my metabolism. I had a twin pregnancy and then less than 2 years later faced the news that my beautiful children were both autistic. Each day as I climbed out of bed I faced pain. I was overweight and my body was holding all of my stress. I was in a lot of ways very close to depression. I functioned on a daily basis but in so many ways I felt sad and very alone in the world. It was one of the most difficult times in my life.
I may as well have been a completely different human being than I am today. Come to think of it your body creates new cells every day so I actually am a pretty different human being. That seems fitting as I write this. I was 38, married and desperately trying to find the best way to help my children find their way. They were 4, in their second year of preschool and working hard to find their way to simply communicate with the world. We were also constantly sick. There was one illness after another running through my household. I was overweight and unhappy. We were all trying to find our way and struggling. However, I never gave up hope that better days were ahead. As I watched my children fight so hard to learn and grow I was truly inspired. If these little people could fight so hard to learn what comes naturally to both anything was possible.
At that time my ex-husband suggested we see a nutritionist. I was at a point where I was considering a gluten and dairy free diet for my children. A trusted Occupational Therapist had proposed the idea to me. I was fairly desperate at that point in my life so when my ex-husband suggested a trip to a nutritionist his friend had used I decided it was worth the try.
This is a PART of my story. Happily this is not where it ends. I took that first step to make some major changes and then kept going. The trip to the nutritionist gave me a map to a better life. We only saw him once. He gave us handouts with a food plan. I had rules to follow and an outline on how I could change our bodies. That was great but could I follow through? It sounded like so much work. How would I find the way to make these major LIFE CHANGES? My ex-husband did not. He learned all of the same precepts I did but could not follow through. My children and I did.
So, I respectfully ask you today…what is your why? Why do you want to change your food and your body? My why was very strong:
1 – Help my children by giving their bodies the tools to focus better and be healthier
2 – Have more energy and less aches and pains so I could take better care of my family
3 – Feel comfortable in my own skin again. I wanted my clothes to fit better and to feel like myself again.
If you want to make long term changes for a better life you need to be very clear. There were times before this I started a “diet” because I was getting ready for summer, a wedding, a vacation. Short term goals are relatively easy to meet. How do we do the long term thing? I changed my life eight years ago. I kept it going through the stress of my divorce, years later selling my house and even more recently a knee injury. When things have gone wrong for me I have fallen back on my nutrition. When I need self care I can make a home made pot of soup or a beautiful salad or experiment with new juices.
I got conscious about what I put into my body. I know that when I love my body it loves me back. I no longer punish myself with food. I started Eat Run Ohm so I could show people what I think of as my triangle – real food, fitness and balance. I keep learning and growing. Some days one part of the triangle leads. On other days another takes over. Each day I do my best to live consciously and keep fulfilling my why. I continue to make the choices each day that benefit my health and wellness as well as my children’s. In the end I get the life I dreamed of – one day at a time.
Are you ready to start living the life of your dreams? DO IT! I am not going to tell you it will always be easy but it will be worth it!
Love and light,