Sunday, 30 September 2012

Doing the Cha-Cha

One of my favourite Facebook sites is Optimism Revolution.  The quotes posted on this site are fabulous.  Jim (the author) recently posted one that defines an optimism as someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is doing the cha-cha.

I've been cha-cha-ing my way through the past 6 weeks or so!  Truth be told ... it's probably been the past 3 months or so.

But I refuse to give up.  Going back to where I was is not an option.  For one thing, I'd disappoint too many people ... mostly myself.  And given my future as a holistic nutritionist  ... how can I expect anyone to believe in me if I'm not a living example of health and wellness.  So ... I continue to fight.

A good friend of mine who is going through her own struggles said I make it look so easy.  But it isn't.  Nobody (with the exception of husband the coach) sees me when I'm questioning whether I can continue with this long term.  Or when I've hit a period where I'm cha-cha-ing like there's no tomorrow.  I get on a roll, get sidelined, get a roll again, get sick, get on a roll, get injured..  This has been my life the past few months.  But in spite of it all, I have persevered.  I have not eaten anything that is gluten or dairy.  Maybe I haven't made the BEST choices, but I haven't gotten derailed completely.

The long and short of it is that no matter how had it gets, no matter how discouraged you might be, keep at it.  The rewards are there.    Trust me ... if I can do this ... YOU can do it.  You just have to persevere and never, ever give up!

Yours in health,

Monday, 24 September 2012

My Story

My story basically started in 1988 when I was 22.  I ate healthy, worked out regularly, and was in pretty good shape.  I wasn't where I wanted to be so I worked out smarter and dropped 13 pounds and 13 inches in 3 months.  I was 145 pounds at 5'7".  Not too bad.

I met my husband in 1992 ... I was still in decent shape, decent health.  We moved in together in 1994 and got engaged that Christmas (I proposed ... wasn't planning on it .... but it happened and at least he said yes).  By 1997 we were getting married but I wasn't happy with my body.  Sloppy eating and lack of exercise put me back in the "need to get in shape" position.  So I did the Atkins diet (I do NOT recommend this ... it's too extreme)  But I did drop about 15 pounds and about 15 inches in 3 months.  But I was probably still about 175.

My father passed away in 2001, my mom went into a nursing home in 2004.  I had cared for both of  them and neglected my health and fitness horribly.

Fast forward to 2008.  It was the worst year of my life.  I slammed my finger in a sliding van door, got a chest infection and broke my ankle in 2 places.  By the end of January.  Then hubby was in a care accident, wrote off the car but he was OK except for some torn back muscles.  We had 2 floods in our basement bathroom.  Our finances tanked.  My father in law had a heart attack and a triple bypass.  Then my mom died.  And I had the overwhelming feeling that if I didn't get control of my life, I would be joining my parents.
This is me ... topped out at 221 pounds.

So I bought a Bowflex and met with a personal trainer and got to work.  I managed to remove 10 pounds but kept having setbacks.  So I kept at it.  For 3 years, I would make progress, have a setback. Get back to working out.  Got sick.  Worked out.  Got injured.  And so it went for 3 years.
In August of 2011 I was fat, miserable and unhealthy.  A woman I met at work reminded me that I am the only one who can take charge of my life.  So I did.  I decided that my husband and my house were sacred and the rest could change.  And boy did they.

One day my body locked up on me and I needed a massage desperately.  So I called my chiropractic clinic and said I don't care who or when, i needed someone that day.  And that's where I met Andrew.
And my life changed forever.

He told me to remove wheat, gluten and all flours from my diet.  That was the first week.  The second week he took dairy out of my diet.  Turns out I'm gluten and lactose intolerant.  And I was headed towards diabetes (fasting blood sugar was 6.3 for years ... some doctors would consider that prediabetic ... mine didn't)  with a blood pressure of 140/90.  So he restricted salt and sugar.  He got me reading empowering books.  He got me to set  3, 6 and 12 month goals  I felt better within a couple of weeks.  Then I started to feel amazing!  And the weight started to drop and continued to drop until I surpassed my goal of 160 pounds and weighed in at 159 on September 11th this year. 3 days before my 1 year anniversary working with Andrew.  Now my fasting sugar is around 5 and my blood pressure is 100/60 give or take.   I still have a little way to go.  My goal is 145-150.  Plus I want to improve my muscle tone and definition.

The one thing that this picture doesn't really show is how much I've changed inside.  I can't begin to explain how it felt to have spent years in this deep, dark hole and to have someone reach down, offer their hand and help me out into the light.  My life has changed to the past year.  I am happy, positive, full of life and love and gratitude.
So now you've met me.  I'd love to hear your story.

Yours in health....

My Mission

I have a new mission in life.  To help others achieve greatness in their lives.  To help them take back their health.  To take back control of their lives.  To be proactive rather than reactive.  To teach others how to be strong and vital and powerful.

Although this site is still a work in progress, I hope it will be interactive.  It will be divided into sections ... mind, body and soul.  And a section on recipes.  They will be healthy, catering to food intolerances.  I'm both gluten and lactose intolerant.  It makes cooking exciting!

Since I'm in school to become a nutritionist, I will be sharing all things about healthy living.  However, food is not the only factor for a healthy life.  We'll be talking nutrition, supplementation, reading empowering books, and my favourite ... gratitude.

I will share my story in my next post.  I just wanted to say hello and invite you to join me on the next phase of my journey to an amazing life.  And if I can help you achieve health, my mission is completed.

Yours in health ....