The road to a healthier lifestyle is like the road to success. It’s a journey not a destination. At each milestone along the way, new goals may be desired or even required to attain the next level of optimum health.
Each person’s journey is unique. This is my journey:
Except for the usual childhood illnesses, like chicken pox, measles, mumps, colds, tonsillitis, and the flu, along with a couple of sprains or bone fractures, I grew up pretty healthy. It wasn’t until after my first baby, that I got into the yo-yo dieting club. Like most women, I’ve battled the bulge and the disappointment of clothes that no longer fit jumping from one diet to another, at times being 30+ pounds too heavy, trying to get back down to my ideal weight and fit back into my skinny jeans . I’ve dealt insomnia, being tired a lot, and was addicted to sugar and coffee.
It wasn’t until 2002, when I was diagnosed with a debilitating disease that my health and my world was rocked for the first time.
The physical pain, along with the emotional pain of disability, was often overwhelming and unbearable. It was a challenge being so dependent on others and upon prescription drugs to function. After three years of seeing many doctors and therapists, getting different therapeutic modalities, and being on very addictive drugs, my recovery hit a plateau. I was told I wouldn’t get any better than I was and the next-step on my treatment plan was beyond my psychological comfort level and just not acceptable to me. So I said no to the treatment plan recommended. Instead, I trusted my own intuition.
It was then that I took charge of my health.
Fast forward several years. My energy was back. I felt good all the time, I slept better and I was at my ideal weight and size! I felt younger and more vivacious than I had in years.
Everyone noticed. And, I decided to coach others how to take charge of their health.
I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied more than one hundred dietary theories, as well as a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Adding in my Ayurveda certification and detox specialist studies has enhanced my personal health, the health of my family, and my experience, knowledge, and skills as a holistic health coach.
Five years ago I started my health coaching practice and have since added a certification as a Certified Master Workplace Ambassador to offer my consulting services to companies.
NOW, FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER 2, 2017!
While doing a warm up exercise I’d been doing regularly with my trainer, the tread of my shoe stuck to the indoor/outdoor carpet and I was propelled sideways. I landed directly on my hip. I couldn’t stand up or walk and was transported to the Emergency Room at one of our local hospitals.
My hip was fractured – and, I needed a hip replacement! The good news is that the fracture wasn’t about weak bones – my surgeon assured me even someone 20-30 years younger would have sustained the same injury.
THAT WAS A RELIEF TO HEAR!
Today, I’m grateful I took charge of my health when I did, adopted new lifestyle habits that felt hard to make, and stuck to the commitments I made as they prepped me for the hard stuff involved in my recovery from this accident – like nearly losing my life to a pulmonary embolism, suffering two bouts of pleurisy, and months of physical therapy. My life was impacted in more ways than I could ever imagine and celebrating the “wins” every week mattered – like being able to tie your own shoes, taking a shower standing up, moving from two-stepping to going up stairs like everyone else, being intimate again with your spouse, driving a car, and becoming independent again.
Don’t wait for a crisis to take charge of your health!
Making good lifestyle and nutritional choices pays off in dividends! I have been able to recover more quickly in spite of the set backs I had post surgery, continue to work my full time job at first from home on part time basis and then return to the office in record time. Plus, I have continued to help others live their best life while I was recovering mine!
Being able to get back in the game of life so fast and be taking walks again with the love of my life felt wonderful!
Having a focus on healthy eating, being fit, and making healthy lifestyle choices was like having a health escrow account I could draw on when I needed to heal from a crisis!
My experience confirmed that what you eat and the lifestyle choices you make truly do matter!
Drawing on my years of experience and studies, I will help you take charge of your health by creating a personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk!
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