Today’s headline might have grabbed your attention, and you may be wondering what could I be talking about?
Well, what I’d like impress upon you is the fact that, no matter what health or life challenges you may be facing, you’re not alone in your struggle. Far from it. I’ve been there too, and maybe I’m there right now with you and you don’t even know it. We all have our personal struggles.
And the reason I’m writing about this today is because I want to help.
If I can share even one bit of information with you that will help you overcome your challenges or at least get on the road to improvement, then I have done my job and I’m grateful for that.
So without further ado, here are some things about me that you might not know, and I hope that they somehow inspire you to take helpful actions to address your situation.
These are in no particular order.
I have ZERO natural athletic ability
When I suggest to people that they should try to engage in regular exercise, some of the common responses I get are, “I’m not the exercising kind of person” or “I’m not athletic.”
Folks, I have absolutely NO natural athletic ability whatsoever. I was always picked last when choosing basketball, volleyball or kickball teams in gym class and was never talented enough to try out for any kind of school sports team.
But now I’m a 4th degree master blackbelt in karate, a brown belt in mixed martial arts and I’ve run three full marathons.
How did that happen?
Simple. I refused to give up.
I wanted to make fitness a part of my life and I just would not quit.
Mind you, I was the only woman in my karate classes, fighting brown- and blackbelt men who outweighed me by 60 – 120 pounds. Trust me, I had my butt handed to me on a regular basis, and I got countless black eyes, bloody noses, sprains and even four broken toes.
But eventually good things started to happen.
I began developing skills, I became stronger, and my stamina increased. My reflexes became lightning fast, and my awareness became sharper.
I attended classes regularly and practiced as often as I could, and eventually I achieved my dream of becoming a blackbelt—at age 44!
The wonderful thing is, no matter how old you are or what activity you choose, if you embrace the “non-quitter” mindset, you too will achieve your exercise goals. It’s only a matter of time.
I weighed more in 6th grade than I do now
I laugh when people look at me and say, “Oh, you’ve probably been ‘skinny’ all your life.”
Nope. Not even close.
In fact, when I was in 6th grade and 11 years old, I weighed 12 pounds more than I do now.
But I made the decision that I did not want to be overweight all my life and wanted to change that.
When I was a teen, there really wasn’t a lot of great information available to me about how to lose weight, but I just cut out processed snacks (like chips and Pop Tarts—two of my favorites), soda and most desserts.
I dropped the excess weight with no problem at all, and it was then that the fire was lit in me about the importance of a healthy diet!
I have health issues too!
People sometimes see me as the picture of great health, but I too have my issues!
First of all, I’m prone to a lot of inflammation because of my running and martial arts. At 61, I’m no spring chicken so I need to keep that inflammation under control.
And just like I tell you to do, I also take VitalMega-3 fish oil! Two capsules each night keep me feeling nice and comfortable.
I also have a history of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and although I overcame that with my diet (which formed the basis of my Great Taste No Pain program), because of my age and past IBS-related poor digestion, I’ve found that I’m running a bit low in digestive enzyme production. So I take Digestizol Max as needed, and my digestion remains tip-top!
And of course, although I may catch a cold once in a while, the reason I don’t get every bug, flu and virus that is all around is because I keep my immune function strong with Super Shield PLUS probiotic formula and Optimum DK Formula!
I’m prone to stress
Just like so many others, I am also prone to stress, and I appreciate the importance of minimizing the harmful effects of stress on your health.
There are many helpful ways to counteract stress. Here are some that I rely on:
- Having a pet (I have three cats and I always feel better after I snuggle with them!)
- Ashwagandha (as found in our very own Ashwa Blend Gummies)
- Regular exercise
So now you know a little more about me!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a little more of my world, and more importantly, I really hope I’ve inspired you to take steps toward improving your health.
It’s never too late and you’re never “too far gone.”
And if you’d like to chat with me about your situation and come up with some ideas to help you improve your health, book a coaching session with me! We’ll have a very enjoyable discussion and help get you on the road to feeling better!
To your great health,
PS: I forgot to mention that I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, although you might have noticed that already!