Can't believe it's already 2010 and the start of the Be Well blog. This has been a conversation for months now and it has begun.
I am passionate about nutrition and fitness. Not only do I love feeling good myself, but I enjoy helping others feel good just as much...if not more. Spending my teenage years dieting and trying to figure out the 'secrets' of health and wellness has given me drive to understand what works for my body and what does not. It has become my study in school and my favorite occupation.
When I was 13 years old, I weighed 200 pounds, had high cholesterol, and a weak immune system. Ironically, however, I didn't know that I could feel really good. My workouts were done with videos at home because I didn't want people watching me run down the street. Over the next 6 years, I tried every diet that seemed to work, without much success. I picked up the book "Body for Life" when I was 19 and 180 pounds. There were some questions near the front of the book that brought tears to my eyes as I realized what I had been giving up in my life. Here are a few that I remember:
- What are your reasons for making this choice?
- How do you really feel about yourself?
- Are you confident, energetic, and strong?
- What are the pros and cons of continuing in the direction you’re going?
- What three patterns of action might prevent you from reaching your goal?
- Which three new patterns do you need to establish to reach this new way of eating?
Tiff and I when in Michigan.
I was 18 and about 175 lbs.
I sat down and wrote the answers and posted them next to my bed--folded up so I could open it whenever I wanted. This gave me a sense of direction and focus. I found workouts I loved (Tae Bo was my first love) and looked at my diet. My biggest frustration was all the conflicting fad diets...how was I supposed to know what worked? I began a study of nutrition and wellness when I was 22 that has changed my life. I took the time to listen to my body and pay attention to when I actually felt great. My quest for wellness has brought me joy that I didn't think I could have when I was 13 years old. Before becoming pregnant with twins (one great blessing in my life), I weighed 130 pounds and ran half marathons and still feel alive (even though I am 30 weeks pregnant with two babies)!
I am excited to share what I've learned and offer any insights into being your best self. I didn't know I could feel so good! I have an exciting giveaway for next week from one of my favorite people--Peter Walsh from Oprah & Friends. Stay tuned next week!