Y’all, I am going to get a little personal here. We are going to talk about my desire to live a more healthy lifestyle. I thought maybe some of you could relate to what I am going through and that many of you may be able to encourage me and maybe even offer advice as I start my journey to wellness.
Just to give you a reference to what I am talking about, I want to show you some pictures of me from the past six years.
Here I am in 2010 when I was at my healthiest. I was running a lot that year and felt great!
Here I am in 2012…(Cy had actually lost some weight during this time.)
This picture from 2014 was a few months before Jonathan auditioned for The Voice….
Beginning in 2015, things began to change.
I am a stress/emotional eater.
And the past year and a half has been extremely emotional and stressful for me. If you have followed my blog during that time, you know that we hosted an 8 year old orphan girl for five weeks the summer of 2015. We began our adoption of her, and in the middle of that process, my son was on Season 10 of The Voice. In the middle of him being on The Voice and our flying back and forth to LA, we also flew to Latvia to adopt our daughter, and the adoption fell through. After the adoption fell through, we were back in LA for Jonathan to be in the battle-rounds of The Voice, and in the process we desperately fought for a second chance to continue the adoption of our daughter. Jonathan’s time on The Voice was amazing, and finally, after a lot of tears and struggles, we were able to continue the adoption of our daughter and spent one month in Latvia this summer before we could bring her home. She has now been home with us for four months, and although it has been very challenging at times, I am finally feeling like I can breath.
So as you can see, the last year and a half have been an absolute emotional roller coaster. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. And you guys have been with me through it all, and I will forever be grateful for your prayers.
Now, I can’t believe I am showing this picture to y’all, but I need to show you the difference. Like, I really, really, REALLY can’t believe I am getting ready to post this. Lord help me.
That is me with Sania Louise while we were in Latvia just a few months ago. I weighed more at that time than I did in any of my four pregnancies. And boy do I feel it. I am lethargic. My body aches all the time. I’m not motivated to exercise, and truthfully, I want to drown my sorrows in some chocolate and a large Coke from McDonalds.
Here is another photo from Latvia…
I have tried so many diets from Medifast to the 21 Day Fix to Whole 30 (although that isn’t really diet) and I have failed every single time.
Next week, I turn 46 years old, and although that isn’t young, it isn’t old either. I should NOT feel as unhealthy as I do right now in my life.
So I am on a personal journey to wellness. No diets, just trying to change unhealthy habits in my life…(like two or more large cokes from McDonalds every day.) #notkidding
I want to be healthy and feel WELL.
The past year and a half have been hard on me, and I have not been able to focus on my personal wellness. But as things are somewhat starting to settle down for me and my family, I feel like I am now able to focus a little more on me.
I am starting to read online ways to eat more healthy and break bad eating habits.
I went to a Young Living event in Lexington last night with a friend and learned about the importance of gut health and hormones. Boy, was it eye opening! One of the main takeaways from the evening was the important of being hydrated by drinking tons of water.
I’ll be honest. I hate water. Not gonna lie. Don’t like it one bit. As I type this post, I have a Yeti full of water and Slique Essence oil from Young Living, and I don’t want to drink it! I want to drink a big old glass of ice cold coke, y’all! I have to force myself to drink water, but I know that it one of the most important things I can do for my health.
Well, and stop drinking so many cokes, but baby steps, y’all, baby steps. :)
Seriously, I am going to try and drink a ton more water each day. I really need to drink it with all my meals. Instead of going on a diet and changing all of my eating habits, I am going to focus on one thing at a time, and right now, that is drinking more water.
If you don’t mind, to help hold myself accountable, I am going to start journaling on my blog about my “journey to wellness” and what I am trying to do in my own life. And many of these posts will probably included something about how I use essential oils.
I started using essential oils in 2013, and I LOVED them! If you look back in the above pictures, you can see that I was much healthier during that time. Using the essential oils helped me focus on my health. When things got crazy in my life last year, I stopped using the oils as much. I have my favorite like Theives and Peppermint that I use all the time, but I stopped learning and researching about how the oils could help me. I also stopped sharing the oils on my blog because every blogger in bogland was sharing them, and it was oversaturated, and it felt hokey when I shared them. So I stepped back.
One of the things that I am most excited about in my journey to wellness right now is that I have started using my essential oils again to help my body function the way it should. And I LOVE it! So I am going to be sharing with you oils and supplements that I use and I will tell you which ones are helping me and which ones are not. It’s going to be a learning process for me, but I am so excited about it!
For example, last night I also learned the importance of taking fish oil daily. I have always heard that fish oil is good for you, but I didn’t realize the importance of taking it daily and how much it helps my gut to function properly. I’ve ordered these fish oil supplements to take daily, and I am also ordering Life 9. I had no idea how important probiotics are to my system. Dr. Haggerton last night shared how EVERYONE should be including some type of probiotic in their diet every day. #newtome
For me, going to that meeting last night is like going to bible study. When I attend bible studies and church with other believers, it encourages me in my own walk with Christ and keeps me focused. Going to that meeting last night is helping me in my journey to wellness and keeps me focused on my health.
There was a ton of more information shared last night, but I’ll save that for another post, since this one was pretty long. :)
But I want to add that one more reason I want to be on this journey to wellness is for my children. Unfortunately, I have passed many of my bad eating habits on to my children, and it breaks my heart. I desperately want to break the cycle of bad eating in my family.
So I guess that is it for today. Now that I have plastered my big bootie on the internet, there really isn’t much else to say, right? HA!
I’m just trying to be transparent, y’all. Life is short. We don’t have time to be fake. Being real is so much better.
We as bloggers like to share the pretty stuff because we know our readers like it, but sometimes, I think we need to share the not-so-pretty stuff because that is real life, ya know?
I would love your prayers as I start my journey to wellness. And if you want to join me, then let’s do it! Drink that water, baby! We can do this! :)
Love y’all! and I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!
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