I believe how you do anything is how you do everything. Let me tell you, I go all out.
I became a mom in my sophomore year in high school. I was so excited. I took every opportunity to learn everything I could about what was going on inside my body during pregnancy and how to be a good mom. After giving birth, I became really aware of how different I was from the other girls so I changed my diet; I went vegetarian, I walked everywhere for exercise; even at 18, as a single parent, I was holding down 3 jobs.
Fast forward to my early 20’s, I got married, within 10 years, we had 7 children, including 2 sets of twins. I live in one of the most expensive states in the country so I continued to work multiple jobs. I became active in the church, I volunteered in the community, and supported all my kids with their various activities. How many of you can relate to having a busy life?
As it often happens, the busyness of life eventually caught up with me and I ended up in the ER. My visit wasn’t anything too serious, actually I don’t remember much about it except when the nurse was doing my workup, you know, taking my temperature and blood pressure, the basic information, she wrote that I was obese. Obese. If looks could kill, at that moment, she would have been the one needing to be in the ER. I remember thinking to myself, who was she calling OBESE? I may have a little extra junk in the trunk, that’s normal but I am not OBESE!
I remember feeling insulted, embarrassed and depressed. I couldn’t understand how I could have let myself go. When did I go from size 9 to size 26? When did I stop paying attention to myself? How many of you can relate? You think you’re doing all the right things for everyone else and suddenly life slaps you in the face with a reality check, you’ve forgotten yourself.
Charles Swindol said life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. So, I made a decision then and there to change. I participated in each and every exercise program I could afford. When that didn’t give me the results I wanted, I tried every fad diet that I could stomach. What I discovered during all this was that exercise and diet needed to partner in my health plan. I couldn’t eat junk food and then try to work out and I couldn’t work out and then go eat junk food. These habits don’t work. Then I was introduced to a fast that would detox my body and give it a rest from all the toxic foods that have me craving sweets and addicted to carbs. I immediately noticed how my body responded, my mood changed and I had energy and desire to work out more consistently.
I became so enthusiastic to learn more. I decided to become a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach because I realized that I was not alone on this journey. There are many of us that want to make lifestyle changes but don’t really know where to begin or how to make it permanent. How many of you would like to not only lose weight but maintain a healthy lifestyle? Today, that is what I do. I help other busy moms like me, who have stop paying attention to themselves due to the busyness of life, to get back to where
they feel good again,
they look the way they want to look
and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends and want to achieve this through holistic methods.