A little over a year ago I woke up, looked in the mirror and decided enough was enough. I no longer wanted to be the overweight, in pain, miserable person I had become. I had made the choice I was no longer going to just settle for who I had become.
I didn’t like how I physically felt. I didn’t like how I physically looked. I didn’t like how I felt emotionally. I hated looking in the mirror because of what I saw and heard in my head. I didn’t like what I was and wasn’t able to do anymore.
I woke up, I decided I wasn’t going to settle anymore. I was ready to make a change. I was ready to get healthy. I was ready to find a solution to help me with all of the health issues I had going on. I was ready to add to my progressing non-toxic household.
I understood it wasn’t going to be easy. I also knew that I was going to have to change the way I viewed certain things. I had to make my health, the health of the family important enough to spend money on it. That was really hard to do. That was something that we had to work on as a couple, as a whole, and we had to be on the same page.
On the same day all of this was taking place a friend posted about some all natural whole food based capsules. We could also get the kids on this study and it would be free for us with the help of the rep and the company. This was it. This was the make or break moment for our family. Were we ready to put our health first. We were ready to make our health and what we were putting in our bodies a priority.
We talked and came to the conclusion that we were going to try it. It was four months. If after four months nothing had changed. If I personally felt no different, if I was still miserable, if I wasn’t changing for the better then we would be done. We owed it to ourselves, to our children and to our grandchildren (they are not here yet). If all we did was talk about change and we were not ready to actually put our finances toward a change, then we were just choosing to settle.
I was not willing to just settle anymore. I was not ready to just give up and give in.
You always hear that children don’t learn what they hear, they learn what they live and they learn to live what they see. So what did I want my children to be doing? Did I want them to be eating junk and filling their bodies with processed foods? Did I want them making healthy choices and picking from the fresh food section? What I had been teaching them with what we were eating and cooking was cheap food was the way to go. Skip the freshe section, grab the frozen pizza, the pre-boxed pasta meals, eat the junk instead of taking time to make fresh.
When we were leaving the grocery stores, we would grab a treat from the check out lanes. What do they have in those lanes? Candy, cookies, crackers and most of them also have pop’s or energy drinks. That meant most of the time we would leave with a ton of processed sugars that would give a fast pick me up, quick stomach fill and then a nasty crash not long after. How hard would it be to walk past all of those things without grabbing something? It was a hard change especially for the kiddos who really knew nothing different.
I started going over to the fresh fruits. I would grab some precut cantaloupe or an apple or banana. I would encourage the to grab something from the area as well. Something that was sweet, fresh, delicious and healthy for us. There are still many times they make the choice not to pick something because they hope I will let them pick the junk but they are learning. Just like the parents are learning.
We have helped to create these bad habits for them. We have helped to encourage the bad habits. We have to help break them. As parents, Jack and I need to show them what is better for them. We need to teach them to love themselves by choosing the healthy things in life. We can not just tell them to do the healthy thing, we have to show them we are doing it as well!
Each day is a new day. Each day should be treated as a new beginning. You don’t have to feel as if you are depriving yourself. You can still have sweet things and enjoy life, just use moderation! I don’t want my children to feel as if we never let them enjoy things, or get to have treats or goodies. We just need to work on showing them how to begin each day as a new chance.
I have been very happy with where our life has taken us over the past year. We have made some big changes. We have made the choice to get more fruits, veggies and berries in our bodies daily. We have made the choice to be more active daily. We have made the choice to make our health a priority, as a family.
Since we have decided to do these things changes have happened. My hair is growing more than it ever has. My aches, pains and swelling has been drastically reduced. My weight has gone done. I have lost inches, even when the weight was not coming off. I have been able to get my wedding ring back on. It has been a great change. It has been an amazing transformation to watch!
We decided to give this new lifestyle four months. We decided to spend our money on something that we should have been doing for a long time but were not making a priority. We didn’t know where it would take us but I am glad we did it. We were not ready to just settle for what we had anymore! At the end of the four months, we were thanking ourselves for making such a difficult choice. A choice for health and wellness!
Have you ever gotten to the point where you just decided enough was enough? I would love to hear about it! I would love to hear what you decided to make a priority in your life when you decided you were no longer going to settle.