Before 2004 I was an overweight couch potato. I was four sizes larger, 40 lbs heavier, and hated to exercise. I’d circle parking lots looking for the closest space so I didn’t have to walk far to the store. I loved food, but was an emotional eater. I used food to deal with stress. I was unhealthy, tired, irritable and angry.
One day I couldn’t take it anymore. I joined a gym and worked with a trainer. At first it was so hard. There were a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But it turned out to the best investment I ever made. I grew to love the burn and committed myself to daily workouts. Soon I found self-confidence, peace and joy that I had never felt before.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I LOVED MYSELF.
Before I knew it I was swimming, doing Pilates, and running marathons! I push myself to physical limits that I never knew I was capable of. I also discovered a mental toughness I never knew I had. I accomplished things I never dreamed I’d ever do.
But after pushing myself for so many years I ran my health into the ground. Without realizing it, I replaced emotional-eating with working out. I over-trained and developed SIBO and a severe case of Adrenal Fatigue.
Since then I’ve become a believer in integrative health. Besides my conventional doctors, I work with functional medicine doctors to recover and restore my health. They, along with health coaches have taught me to treat how my health holistically. The journey has been long, and isn’t over, but I’m on the road to recovery.