The Time to Take Care of You is NOW!
Let me tell you a story. It’s a personal story and some of you may already know it. My journey to become a health coach started here:
November of 2008, I was in a place where everything I did was about my kids. My youngest two, who are twins, were 8 months old plus I had a preschooler, kindergartener, second grader and sixth grader. It was hard, but we had our routine. One night I received an unexpected and tragic phone call. My dad, who was 56, died from a heart attack. No warning, no hospital stay. It was the dramatic scene from a movie – he literally dropped dead and was not able to be resuscitated. My family was devastated. My mom didn’t know what she was going to do. We struggled through the process of making arrangements and figuring out how to move on without him. I went from taking care of my kids and my husband to also looking after my mom.
Fast forward two and a half years, in May of 2011. My mom had been suffering from abdominal pain for several weeks (maybe months). She was stubborn and didn’t want to get it checked out. One afternoon, the pain was so bad, she finally let me take her to the emergency room. It wasn’t good news. It was cancer in her pancreas. The tumor was wrapped around the main artery, so there was no chance of removal and very little hope that any kind of treatment would be effective. She tried a round of chemotherapy that proved to be futile. In November, she decided not to pursue any additional treatment options. By the end of December, she began hospice care. She moved into my sister’s house in January (for her safety and our peace of mind) and died a week later. She was 60. No matter how difficult it is to watch a loved on suffer in pain, the pain of loss is still sharp and nothing can prepare you for it.
The summer after my mom passed away was not a good one for me. I struggled daily. I didn’t have the will to get up and take care of business that I once did. I felt my loss most strongly at that point and didn’t really know how to move on. By mid-August, I had a little discussion with myself. Is this how I really wanted to live? Is this how I wanted my kids to live? I made the decision that I had to get out of the rut and start moving on. I had to fake it for a while, but eventually, I got out of my funk and started to find pleasure in things again.
The following spring, I decided to revisit an ambition from a few years prior and looking into nutrition education options. I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and found so much more than a solid nutrition education! I found my passion, my purpose. I am currently in the last couple of months of continuing my education at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and I am seeing awesome clients regularly. I take care of myself and my family and I am happy to tell you that I am healthier and happier than I’ve ever been.
So, what do I want you to take away from my long-winded story?
1. Eat whole foods (organic when possible)
2. Have fun. Take time to do things you love.
3. Enjoy physical activity daily.
4. Don’t wait until your kids are older, you have more time, work isn’t so stressful, you’re in the “right” place. Do it now! Your life depends on it!