I recently found myself surrounded by a tire. You know the tire around your gut that you don’t realize you have until you look down and can’t see your zipper or your knees! Yep, that is me. I’m struggling with the way my body is forming. I know I have to get this under control, but I don’t know where to start. So Im reaching out to the professionals, AKA my mom’s doctor. She is the only one that I trust, and this is seriously NO JOKE. When I reached out to her about a month ago, I asked her if there was hope for someone like me, who had a hysterectomy, and was there a way that I could help myself feel better about myself and my body.
You see, I was always naturally thin, but as life happens and takes over, I struggle with depression. I have good days, but then I crash with really, really, bad days. There is no in-between for me. Like days where I don’t want to get out of bed and I cry to the heavens for God to take me out of these earth days. Sounds like a bowl of fruit loops, right?! Well, that is what I was going to. FOOD. Food as my comfort. I didn’t realize it until the look of, “oh my god, what is happing to this girl in the mirror”. I use to be a small town beauty queen, peppy personality and shop in the 0-2 section, but as life happens, so does your body. I’m board line high blood pressure thanks to genes that come from my dad side of the family.
Before my depression, I was limited to other dilemmas. You see, I was forced to have a hysterectomy by the sweet ole’ age of 22, so taking a hormone pill for the rest of my life is something that my body can’t live without. At the age of 23, I had a repeat of surgeries due to a nasty gallbladder attack, then a few years later, an attack came to my sweet little ole’ appendix. That’s right people, I’ve been completely gutted like a fish. But fish was not in my diet – SUGAR was. Loads of sugar. So traveling through my 20’s and now late 30’s (35 in September) I’m starting to see the ripple effect from my poor diet choices over the years. I’m not getting any younger and I can kiss those athletic high school days behind me. Gravity people.
So back to the email I sent to my mom’s doctor. A few days later she responded with a BIG fat (no pun intended) YES! She told me don’t do diets. Diets don’t work and that Keto is harmful to the body. She suggested learning more about my body, and watching some videos about fueling our body with healthy supplements and ingratiates. So I did what this amazing women said, to where I met a wonderful, joyful lady name Martha. I started watching videos and what sold me was how she was talking about the processes of what happens to the bread that we intake.
It’s these considerations of her that I was able to learn and be guided through my 30 days to healthy living. I was able to learn about food, sugar, the body, and the fuel that keeps us going. I started this 30 day to healthy living when I was home on bed rest from an intense car accident. I started within the first two weeks and lost 12 pounds! 12 pounds!! I was feeling great! I found myself in a happy place again with no one but MYSELF! Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t slip and have a Cheese Nip here and there, or that I don’t have a piece of chocolate cake here and there, because I do. I also spend weekends watching my son play travel ball. This has gotten me right back where I am, tired, hungry, and sad because I have gained some of the weight back .However I’ve realized that this is something that is not going to be an overnight effect on me. It’s a lifestyle change and having a taste of what healthy can do for your body and soul is something I’m getting back on track with. I’m finding myself reading about these products and listening to my mentors! I’m meeting and conversing with people that truly care about your well-being. I’m learning to live a full and rich life by adding these products to my daily lifestyle.
The truth is, no one can decide for us how to balance our diets, and what we choose to eat, but that doesn’t mean we cannot follow the examples of those who have devoted their whole life to researching and helping others. In return, it’s motivation/inspiration, which introduces you to the truth, and how we can adapt in small changes.
Just as we share a good recipe from generations passed down from our grandmothers, we too, can also share valuable information from our mentors, working alongside them, inspiring, and encouraging others to become aware of products that are good for your body. I’m passionate about sharing what I’m learning. I’m clarifying my own future balancing act and you can too! Let’s make it happen! Eventually we may find ourselves giving back and shedding light on those coming after us like this beautiful doctor has done in my life!