For me, those are times when I am not living authentically – I am not able to access the wisdom, grace, and confidence that lies deep within.
I have found that when I am living a life that nurtures me body and soul, I am able to act with compassion, with wisdom, with grace. I am able to connect with the peace and joy in my heart and in my life.
I want to create a community of women and men who are seeking true happiness through a lifestyle that nutures them, body and soul. This blog is about my journey – from suffering to peace, from depression to joy. I hope it serves to illuminate your own journey.
There are so many diet gimmicks and so many who seek to derail our attempts to reach optimal health…I want to create a place where we can find motivation, safe space, and real information about how to achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Let me be perfectly clear, I’m not a psychologist, doctor, nutritionist, or even a personal trainer. I haven’t lost a 100+ pounds.
Who am I? I am a woman who has spent most of her life dieting. I know the basics of anatomy and physiology because in 1996 I went to massage therapy school and became a certified massage therapist in the states of Georgia and Tennessee. I know a lot about nutrition because I am fascintated by the topic – so I’ve read every diet book under the sun and have dieted for decades. I can probably tell you the calorie count of just about any food you can name. And I know a lot about community/group dynamics. I’ve led women’s circles since 2003. And in them, I found a real sense of support and always the invitation to connect with my authentic self.
What’s Eating You? is a community where you (and I) can find support, motivation, and inspiration when you most need it. It is a place where we can share resources to help one another reach our health goals or to go even deeper to understand what is bothering us, what is sabotaging us, what keeps us from moving our bodies and connecting with our authentic selves.
Why am I doing this? Because last year was a nightmare for me. It was a year of intense grief, for my partner and for me. It was a year of feeling stress draped across my shoulders and getting heavier with each passing day. I was very challenged in my career and the stress of it made me fall into old habits – mainly just doing everything I could not to feel. Thankfully, I reached a point where I really needed to make a change. I weighed in at right above 200 pounds (I’m 5’3″) and was exhausted and depressed most of the time.
Just as summer began to warm the earth and nurture the plants in my garden, something deep inside me, call it a small seed of hope began to sprout, to push through the dirt to bow to the sun.
I have finally begun to let go of the notion that I need to lose X number of pounds to be happy and I have begun to embrace making changes both mentally and emotionally. My weight isn’t the cause of my depression, it is, in fact, a symptom. So I want to concentrate on being healthy AND happy.
I am, pretty much, just like you. Crazy busy…never enough time to myself to sort out what I need to do or how I can achieve my goals. It seems that I always start out with good intentions but after a few weeks, my motivation wanes and I end up gaining back the 7-10 pounds I lost. I’m left feeling like something’s really wrong with me…a loser who will never reach her goals.
I am here to give you support, motivation, and inspiration when you most need it and know that through that giving, I will receive the same. By connecting with my authentic self, I can illuminate the path for you because I have been there. I am still there.
You can do this too. Yes, you can.
*Quick Disclaimer: What write on the pages of this blog or on my Facebook page should never be misconstrued as medical advice (of any kind).