I’ve tried to dance around health and wellness with kid gloves and to be honest, I am doing a dis-service to both you and me.
A little disclaimer: my energy surrounding this post is fueled with furry and fire – is meant to inspire, motivate, and push you to finally take action for all of the changes you have been scared to make.
So here it is… A non-sugar coated approach to health and wellness. You can agree to disagree with what I am about to say, stop following me, or love what I am saying and sign up for my newsletters. Either way, as long as it makes you think about the areas you have been playing it small with your health and wellness than I have done my job.
In life we always have two options: take action or to sit around and bitch. Raise your hand if you are the latter of the two. My gut feeling would be that you are more content and comfortable to whine, bitch, and complain than to get off your ass and do what you deeply desire. That’s why there is only 2% of the population doing what they dream of!
I can say this, because I was that girl. I miserable in my twenties; negativity and jealously flowed like a river and I would make snide comments about the gym go-ers, green smoothie drinkers, and the self help readers. My two blocks were that I believed genetics had everything to do with my weight and my mindset didn’t need adjusting! – What a load of crap I was spoon feeding myself! At 213 pounds, the last thing I had room to do is judge or ignore self help books.
Reality set in on the floor of my closest during a non-sugar coated conversation with myself. In that moment I had to take action rather than sit around, bitch and complain. My only regret or wish is that someone would have had the “balls” to be as blunt and honest with me as I am being with each of you, my readers and followers. Would it sting and hurt like hell?…. I wouldn’t expect anything less, but it have made me move my ass much sooner!
My intention is not to be harsh, ignore your emotions/feelings, or to make anyone upset or feel bad about themselves. Instead use this post as fuel to address the areas of your life that you have been sugar coating your reality and take the necessary action for change.
Here are the facts, I was FAT, OBESE, and digging my grave with my fork and spoon. I sat on the sidelines as I watched the strongest, most courageous, and bravest women in my life have her zest for life stripped from away in a decade or longer fight with diabetes. The doctors suggested that she cut out of all the crap from her diet and she did without hesitation and never skipped a beat. When the odds were stacked against her – she ordered a prosthetic leg and vowed to walk away. She never once blamed anyone or asked why this happened to her. Where the courage came from everyday to continue living life to the fullest when she was facing an uphill battle – I’ll never know.
While she was fighting for her life – I was literally, killing myself slowly. My food choices were less than stellar and any form of movement was non-existent, and my mental state of mind… let’s sum it up as raging bitch. I made excuses that my business that lead me down this road and to a point, I would say that it was true. Though, I had a choice to make and I made the wrong one.
As I watched my grandmother attend three weekly dialysis appointments a week, I ate cookies, cake, drank sodas, and was clearly unhealthy. When she lost her ability to fight and her body gave out on her, I started to make subtle shifts. I had to loose someone in my life to make a drastic change?! SERIOUSLY! That is pretty f’d up! Yet, we can all pull from a personal story that has shaken us to the core and resulted in a drastic change in our lives. My question is WHY? Why does it have to get to this point? Why can’t we make a choice in this very moment to change our future before we are faced with a do or die scenario?!
I have nine ladies that I am coaching privately from all walks of life making this BIG, SCARY changes and you know what… they are living to tell the tale. They aren’t tucked away at a wellness resort having massages, professional chef catered meals, or 5 hour workout sessions. They are real women, getting really honest with themselves! As I am writing this blog one of these incredible ladies (a momma of two, wife, and small business owner) called to share a bit of good news. She is down 15 pounds in 4 – 5 weeks. What did she do? She got off the couch and stop sugar coating her reality. She is made a CHOICE or two: daily workouts became a requirement, meal prep is key to her success, and self care is now back on her to do list. She isn’t checking out while the family suffers – she is living her life with a few modifications based on a CHOICE that she made.
Before you start to go on a tangent about how easy it is for me to say this or it must be nice. Allow me to share this. It is nice and it is easy because I REQUIRE and DESIRE this lifestyle. I no longer spend countless hours in the evening watching tv, my meal prep is done once a week, and I spend at most thirty minutes a night heating/cooking dinner. I don’t have endless resources of cash or a personal trainer. What I do have is the ability to make a CHOICE that supports the desires and requirements I have set for myself.
Moving forward this space, because I own it, believe in it, and live it won’t be filled with candy coated ideas, suggestions, or thoughts. The sugar coating is gone! It’s time to get real and have honest conversations about health and wellness. Conversations that might damn well save your life.
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Enjoy that last bit of candy coating because from here on out – we are going sugar free.