In my arm, too, I grew up watching the adults around me use food and alcohol to numb their pain. I didn’t know how to cope with my pain in productive ways. I used food and eventually drugs and alcohol to get by, but food was always number one.
It was my best friend I ate when I was happy I ate when I was sad. Food was my comfort, something familiar to turn to this continued until one day when I stepped onto the scale at the doctor’s office a hundred pounds heavier than I am today and my doctor told me I was on the road to obesity.
She gave me a pep talk that made me realize this was all on me up until that moment. It never dawned on me that things could be different, that I had the power within me to create a new life that doctor’s.
Appointment changed everything it empowered me to take back control. When I committed to change, I started out small. I started being more conscious of what I was eating and how it made me feel. I started recognizing my emotional patterns with eating and finding new productive ways to deal with the discomfort that I felt at that point.
I had never really exercised or desired to. I started walking every other day for just 20 minutes until it became everyday and then I got a gym membership and I experimented with different ways to move my body that I enjoyed.
I found a love for lifting weights and have stayed consistent with that for seven years now. I love how strong it makes me feel physically and mentally. Losing 100 pounds changed my life, not because I look different but because it empowered me to know that I could put my mind to something and achieve success, but the journey I went on to get to where I am today was all mental.
I had to destroy the person that I thought I was and rebirth a new version of me, a woman that handles her [ __ ], that takes care of herself and inspires others to do the same. So the last six years I’ve coached.
Thousands of women all around the world. My goal of every client is to help them create a healthy relationship with food and their body and to fall in love with fitness as a form of self-care. We are told as women that we must put others.
First, our kids, our husband, our community, but I say hell no to that. I have so much to offer this world. I have so much I want to give, but I can only give others my best when I feel my best it’s. Not easy.
Self-Care requires a lot of work. I have never worked harder for something in my life, but every day I am grateful that I made the decision to work on myself. It’s worth it and you’re worth it, but only you can decide to make that change.