A little something about me...
What did you do for yourself today? Something just for you.
I grabbed my bike, helmet, and sunblock for a ride on some country roads where I grew up. No music in my headphones, no podcasts to listen to, just the sound of the wind in my ears and my tires on the pavement. I ended up on a road I had ridden with my friend when I was 16. We decided to ride form our town to the next town 10 miles away. We thought it would be fun, and I was secretly excited because I would burn a TON of calories! You see, by this time, I was already a year into my lifelong journey through eating disorders. I had always been a "chubby" kid. Though I was told it was "baby fat", and I would grow out of it. I didn't. I was made fun of on a daily basis. Until...I got braces. It was a perfect time to curb my eating! By the time I was 18, I was living a life of bulimia and anorexia. My goal each day was to expend more calories than I ate, and I wasn't eating more than 800 calories per day. Around my mid-20's, my body was beginning to feel the effects of that and start warning me. I saw doctors who sent me to dieticians, who asked me what I was eating NOT how much. I are really "healthy" food. I was diagnosed with IBSC, and they wanted to start me on meds. Guess what? The only thing I needed was to eat. more. food. My cholesterol was creeping up, and my emotions were all over the place. My life was all over the place, too. The only thing I thought I had control over was the number on the scale. It was becoming more difficult to keep my weight and body where I wanted it, though I was never happy with the number on the scale, since I always wanted it lower. Mind you, I was doing personal training, teaching group fitness classes, and helping people with their nutrition. They were quite successful toward their goals and NOT doing the crazy things I was. The decade of my 30's: I thought I was doing better. I became a teacher. I thought was eating more. I became a vegan, because "they" said it would help lower my cholesterol. I was training for marathons and half marathons and running them rather well. Veganism didn't agree with me, though it does for some. My cholesterol went up. My stomach was constantly bloated, and I had some serious GI issues. I started to eat meat again and began to do Crossfit, which lead me to eating Paleo. I was still not eating to sufficiently fuel me for the amount of work I was asking my body to perform as well as the amount of energy it took to be an elementary principal. I knew what I was supposed to be doing to be healthy and fuel my body. I just wasn't doing it--not consistently. I was fatigued. My body and mind were stressed. I still had those old thoughts creeping in about how I needed to move more, do more, and not eat too much. Through each of the phases of my life that I have described here, I gave up on myself so many times. Something always came up and threw a wrench into my plans, or so I thought. Often, I gave up because it was too hard to make good choices on my own, then I would "fall off the wagon", and be so disappointed in myself that I stopped. Then I found a coach. Yes, I am a Nutrition Coach, and I have my own Nutrition Coach. Yes, its important to have the knowledge and be able to apply it, but we all need support at times in our lives from an objective outsider who truly cares about us and doesn't judge us. Someone who knows what it's like to be mired in the muck, won't be disappointed, and will remind us how amazing we really are! You never know how amazing the journey can be unless you embrace it and love it with all it's ups and downs. Make this week the best one yet!
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