I’m not here to impress you. I’m not here to impress anyone. I am not an online “Fitmom” that needs constant glorification and compliments on my Instagram. I am most certainly not a “bodybuilder” or a “bikini competitor” by any means and although I greatly admire competitors, I have no desire to go that route. I didn’t get fit to look good in a bathing suit so I don’t even consider myself a weight loss success story. The reason I choose to live a healthier lifestyle stems from a place of torture and misery. Prior to my illnesses I never had a desire to live a healthy lifestyle. I never even so much as stepped foot into a gym. I am not ashamed of that either. Like I said, I am not here to impress anyone. Actually, I really don’t care what people think of me. My purpose is sharing my story, my knowledge and my experiences to help others. Even if it is just one person.
My current lifestyle involves exercise, a relatively clean diet, lots of water and constant mind training to keep me off the crazy train (You know those completely off the wall thoughts and worries about all the bad shit that could happen but rarely does). After the birth of my second son in 2009 my body went haywire, I became extremely ill, borderline insane and went misdiagnosed for 6 months. Once medically and correctly diagnosed with Celiac and Lyme disease, and with the help of one decent medical doctor, I was able to begin healing. It took about 2 years before I was really completely healthy again. During this dark period of my life I learned that I could speed up my recovery by changing what I ate. This began a massive turning point for me. I read every book I could, researched scientific journals and took on-line courses. Not only was I able to help myself, but I was able to recognize food allergies in my children when no doctor could. My horror story became one of my biggest blessings.
I choose to live healthy lifestyle so that I never, ever again feel as sick as I did and to help and inspire others. Healthy is different for everyone. Healthy in mind, healthy in body and healthy in spirit is not a one size fits all prescription. So, I’m not here to impress you but I am here to tell you that you shouldn’t live to impress anyone either. Let go of the fears of not measuring up to others standards. Being caught up in keeping up with the Joneses, having the best body, being the best mom, and so on- all just a recipe for disaster. Live your life in a way that makes you feel great, from the inside out. If it’s body building, do it! If it’s living a Vegan lifestyle, then do it! Eliminating food dye? Go for it. If Flamenco dancing makes you feel amazing, then do that! Healthy is not defined in only one way. I did what I had to do to get myself better. Sure people judged me, had their own opinions, looked at me funny and people thought I was nuts. I am sure there are people that still think I am crazy. I don’t care and neither should you.