What you eat has a direct correlation with how you feel. Feed your body crappy foods and you will feel crappy.
Eat healthy, well balanced, clean meals and you’ll notice a change in the way you feel mentally and physically.
Give it a try! Starting today & this weekend let’s challenge ourselves to add more greens and veggies to our plates.
Many of you know I started my fitness career after my mom passed away. Her death gave me the ultimate realization that life is short and that I have to live everyday doing what pleases me. I realized that I had to try to fulfill my desire of helping people find their happiness and confidence.
Flash back to 2012… I graduated from Columbia College Chicago and was in the process of figuring out why I was sick all the time. I learned about my food allergies and in doing so I learned to repair and reevaluate my relationship with food.
What I discovered was that for 9 years of my life food controlled my every move. For 9 years, I let my idea of who I thought I should be, what my body should be, how I thought my body should look define me. When I was at my worst someone told me “I eat when I’m hungry and I stop when I’m full.” That shocked me. I didn’t eat like that. I starved myself as punishment for not being who I thought I was supposed to be and I over ate as a reward for starving for “long enough.” 🤦🏻♀️ I won’t go into details about my disordered behavior because that is not the point of this post. As time went by I made a moment by moment effort go to change my thoughts. Every single negative thought I had about myself, my body, of others I had to replace with FIVE positive thoughts. At first this was really hard. I wasn’t used to thinking kind thoughts about my body or anything for that matter. But in time the voice that told me I wasn’t good enough that life wasn’t good enough was gone. I found a new freedom. A freedom that said life is beautiful and it doesn’t matter how you look, that life should be enjoyed. Shortly after I gained 20 pounds and I won’t lie I was freaked out at first, but I was happy because I knew I was making good choices and listening to what my body really needed. I was no longer depriving my body and my mind from good things.
As I journey down this path of wellness and fitness I must share what I have learned from my recovery. Rest is so important. There are days that my body is screaming at me, telling me to not move a muscle- and as hard as it is I listen. I know when my body has fully rested I will crush my workouts again. There are days that all I want to eat is sugar, carbs, and fatty foods. I listen, I eat whatever my body is craving because I know that I will have the desire to eat veggies, healthy fats, fiber, and protein again.
I share this because everyone’s journey to health and wellness is different. As a fitness professional I need to encourage you to be true to yourself, to your body and discover/listen to what that might be. I need to encourage you to do so because the fitness industry thrives on people who are insecure like I was. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Who is to say that one journey is better than another? It’s time to let go of your doubts and be honest with yourself because you were created for greatness. Read that again! YOU 👆🏽were created for greatness. You were created to do amazing things. Stop listing to the voice that tells that you are not good enough, that your life isn’t good enough. Realize your potential and choose to love yourself and others. Make a daily choice to be happy and help others achieve happiness. Happiness is not circumstantial. It’s a choice to let go of your demons and focus on the good that is right in front of you. We must choose love because tomorrow isn’t to promised to us or our loved ones. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽