Flashback to 2012 and Me In a Nutshell: I was completely exhausted AND overwhelmed with the prospect of having to lose 35 pounds after giving birth to a gorgeous baby girl. I decided for my sanity (and the sanity of everyone around me) that I needed to focus on my health and happiness, so I made some lifestyle changes and ultimately went back to school to become a certified Holistic Health Coach.
What a change! That seems like such a long time ago!
(I’ll give you a brief playback but my whole point is that if I can change, I promise that YOU can change and I’d be happy to help you).
So here’s what happened to me and how I dug myself out of a rut.
MY FIRST PREGNANCY
Prior to my first pregnancy, taking care of myself was very low on my priority list. I didn’t really struggle with my weight, partly because I ate well enough and love exercising. I just wasn’t focused on my health. I learned quite a bit about nutrition as a child and I grew up playing a lot of sports.
I was a division 1 athlete in college and the love of sports carried over into my adult life. I still love all things physical (running, biking, skiing, yoga, ect) and the competitor in me really liked being successful in my career. I spent 10 years working in sales and sales management at Fortune 500 Companies. At the time I loved my job and always was one of the top performers. Unfortunately, pushing myself so hard led to a lot of small health issues. I experienced bloating, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and brain fog. All of these little issues compounded meant that I felt pretty crappy a lot of the time.
When I was carrying my first daughter, reality set in! I realized I needed to clean up my act. I was lucky to have a mother who taught me to eat wholesome foods (obviously I should have done a better job of listening), so I began to restore the ways of my youth by eating a healthier diet.
I also started getting more sleep (helping with my exhaustion), and I learned how to fit in activities that made me feel good (reducing my stress and making me an overall happier person).
So what happened was that not only did I change my eating habits, but my lifestyle too. (Bingo: that’s the key!)
I was doing it because I thought it was best for my daughter, but the result was that I felt amazing too. I realized I couldn’t go through life super stressed, exhausted, and living on caffeine. I didn’t want to live like that anymore.
AFTER MY PREGNANCY
After my pregnancy, I wanted to learn how to take off the baby weight in a sane and realistic way. I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach and reset my instant-gratification expectations so I could be happy in the process of taking off the weight. This was really hard for me because I am an immediate results kind of girl and I had to learn to give myself a break. The outcome was that I have a deeper compassion for this incredible vehicle we call “the body”. I found a way to eat well, enjoy my newborn baby, and get my body back without beating myself up along the way. It was such a wonderful transformation.
In fact, this new way of living rocked my world so much that I decided to give up my career in the corporate setting and make a career change – I wanted to help other men and women reach their personal health goals too.
Fast forward to today, I currently live in a suburb of Boston with my wonderful husband and 2 beautiful young girls. Every day I still try to focus on finding the “balance” in life. I love spending time with my family, helping others attain their goals, and making time for me too.