Now that I have shared a little bit about me from my bio in my first post I thought I would dig a little deeper and tell you a little more of my story.
The year is 2011. I have recently relocated to South Florida from New Jersey, I am recently married, transitioning from a career I know to the unknown and I am 50 pounds heavier than I have ever been. Behind all of that and buried deep in my subconscious, I was unhappy. Back then I'm not sure even you would have noticed. I didn't notice. I was social, I smiled, I was working, we were planning a family, and I thought I was happy. The issue that plagued me the most was my weight. I couldn't understand how I got so heavy. Commuting long distance to work was definitely one of my major excuses but there was also the fact that I was not taking care of myself with the food I put in my body, the thoughts in my head nor the motivation to move my body.
Exercise: As a very active child and athlete weight and exercise were never really an issue or a concern for me. I loved to play and work out. In fact, while working in the fitness industry I often could not relate to the people I was working with; overweight and looking for answers to total health and wellness. Of course, that eventually changed as I began to experience some of the same challenges.
Food: My entire life I was a conservative eater. As a child I ate what ever my mother prepared for our family. I was not a lover of sweets so desserts, soda and candy were never an issue. In fact, I wouldn't eat the snacks my mother purchased for my siblings and I fast enough so they would eat them. As I got older I developed a sense for healthy eating and caring for myself and my body eating little red meat, mostly poultry and lots of fruits and vegetables. So much so that people would ask me to make a veggie salad or a fruit salad to bring to a party.
As I am writing this and explaining, reasoning and making excuses I realize it is all BS. We humans do this kind of thing. We can rationalize and excuse ourselves into and out of anything.
Love: What I have learned is that it is always about Love. How much you love yourself. The photos in this post are of me over the course of at least 3 years (2008-2011). It wasn't until 2012 when I enrolled in the Health Coach program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and my life as I knew it started to crumble before me. I know that sounds very dramatic but it is true. I spare you the details but I would like for you to think about this. Ask yourself, "What is more important than me?" And consider how your thoughts, actions and food intake express love to your self.