It has been 6 years since I first got to the place of enough is enough with my health. I was lucky that I didn't hit rock bottom or get sick. It was simply the fact of putting on weight and going into the next dress size that was the kick up the butt for me.
I was one of those girls that was very active as a kid that weight was never an issue. I am quite tall for a female (171cm) and have always had a slim frame, but as I started to abuse my body during my early twenties with partying, drinking eating Easy Mac for lunch every day and just generally not giving a f&$k about what I was doing or putting in my body, something in my mind shifted.
My clothes were getting snug and I hated certain parts of my body that I never used to have an issue with.
I had been with my now husband for about a year when I first decided something had to change, so I signed up for Michelle Bridge's 12WBT online program and that was the beginning of this journey for me.
Over 12 months I did the program about 4 times, as I would fall off the wagon and need a hand to get back up. Which is to be expected and is all part of the journey. But over this period of time I lost 10kgs and got back to the weight that I used to be, but this time I was strong, fitter and healthier. Salads, vegetables and bliss balls just became my life.
I was so excited by the changes I saw in myself that I was inspired to become a personal trainer. And here we are, 4 years on with my own business helping women of all ages shift the weight, get healthier and most importantly get happier.
During this path for me, I have shifted and changed my beliefs around food, because let's be honest, this is where it all begins. Nutrition is the key to your health!
I was on the low fat/not fat band wagon during my time on 12WBT program but a few years ago I learnt the crap that is in these foods, the amount of sugar that is added and how it can really disrupt your digestive health. These items are banished from my home and I am happy to report I am still the same weight 5 years on. Don't be afraid of fat.
I also began to learn the importance of happiness and mindset. Without this, you can be as healthy as you like but you will never feel true happiness and joy in your life.
I started to meditate. I started to appreciate the little things in life, like the sunrise or the sunshine on my face. I started to journal again. I started to listen to my thoughts and question the negative ones. I started to be grateful for everything in my life (big and small). I started to listen to my body and what it needed each and every day. I started to just love life and all it has to offer.
Yes losing weight, getting healthy and fit is amazing, but your mindset is where it is all at. The wonder of this life can be seen and appreciated from the bottom of your heart when you allow yourself to see through a new set of eyes. Put aside what society thinks you should and shouldn't do, but listening to your own self, the beauty that comes with this is life changing.
Life flows better. Life seems brighter. Magical things happen, Abundance flows. But most importantly you get to feel your feelings, all of them. The good, the bad and the ugly. Because life is a roller coaster full of twists and turns. But with a change in your mindset you can see the lessons from the dark times and use them to better your future.
I know for me when I lost my baby in January I would have wallowed in my grief and loss. I probably would have fallen back into my depression that I had when I was a teenager and have just been miserable. But since working on myself and my mindset I allowed myself to feel all of my feelings that came with this experience. I cried every day, multiple times a day. I questioned why us? I was angry. I was sad. I was heartbroken. But I was okay with all this, I showed myself compassion and allowed myself to feel the emotions as much as they hurt and were uncomfortable. But once I worked through them, I knew I had to get back up, for myself but also my daughter and my husband.
My husband and I held a littler ceremony with just the two of us to say goodbye to our angel, to let its little spirit go and to give ourselves permission to get on with life. I then got a reiki healing done which focused on my womb space and journalled my little heart out. I came out of this experience so much stronger but also could see that this experience was meant to happen to us. I now use my experience to help other women get through their grief and loss. It is a special gift to be able to share with others.
So whatever your journey is, wherever it takes you, make sure you are happy, kind and have compassion for yourself and others.
Happiness and health is waiting for you, you just need to decide where to begin. You are always welcome to reach out to me and ask for suggestions or support, because we all deserve happiness, health and radiance.
Be happy & healthy,