“This is your journey and we’re running a marathon together.”
Reflecting upon my work with Nourished Life Design, I think back on this paraphrased statement Jeff made at the start of my journey… a time when frustrations were mounting for me.
On top of the challenges of raising three children while working a new job with an intense commute & subsequent little sleep… I’d been battling many personal battles that included significant conflict at home, job loss, depression and a recent unexplained significant increase in weight that weighed on my self esteem. I came to Jeff after months of intense exercise and improved nutrition without seeing any changes on the scale. Having recently been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovaries syndrome), an illness that had dramatically impacted how my body processes sugars and balances hormones, I had the answers to why I’d been holding onto surprise, excess weight, but I was tired and frustrated. I was ready for immediate change.
It was at this point that I absorbed some very key points… patience, self-forgiveness, self-awareness and I wasn’t alone. I was running a marathon and Jeff and my NLD friends were by my side. My journey became less and less about weight and more about becoming whole again.
We focused on the positive aspects of finding fulfillment in all aspects of life, even pushing through personal fears discovering more and more drive for self-improvement. I’ve learned to listen to my body when I feed it the right foods…as well as when I don’t. I’ve learned that for many reasons the ‘right foods’ for those around me may not be the ‘right foods’ for me… we’re all individuals inside and out, even when it comes to nutrition. I’ve noticed how I feel both mentally and physically when I keep up with my exercise regimen …and when I don’t. Most importantly, I’ve learned to take those ‘mistakes’ and turn them into lessons rather than negative, debilitating self-talk. The knowledge, patience and insight I’ve learned have manifested to a four fold increase in energy and to a loss of over 40 pounds & almost 28 inches! But, more importantly, my smile and self-confidence have returned!
Though at times it may be a struggle, I’ve learned to love this journey of mine. I’m excited to see what’ll appear around the corner in time and I cherish the friends like Jeff that’ve joined me along the way.