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Health Is A Journey, Not A Destination

When we enter a new year, many of us are fired up to improve our health by losing weight and getting back into shape. We may enter weight loss programs and lose a bunch of weight right away. And like many of us this time of year, we have either fallen off the wagon with our resolutions, or we end up gaining the weight right back. But this is what happens when we go through a program. Once the program ends, we fall back into old habits that got us where we never wanted to be. While losing weight may be important, being healthy is much more impactful than just losing weight.

As I type this, I remember that I have been no exception. This was not the easiest thing for me to write, but I thought it would be good to share my personal struggles in hopes that it may help others like you. I never thought of myself as someone that struggled with my weight. Honestly, it just crept up on me. The next thing I knew, I had a “dad bod.” Though I eventually knew it was happening, I only became aware of how bad it was when I saw pictures of myself–and I wasn’t happy with it. I spend every single day taking care of other people, teaching them healthy habits, and helping them reach their goals so they can feel better by being better. But I wasn’t always following the advice I was shelling out. Or was I? It turns out that I have life experiences very similar to the patients I take care of, and going through my own health journey really helped put things in perspective.

I can’t tell you how often I have heard one of my patients show up in our office for the first time, expressing how much pain they were in and that their doctor told them they needed to lose weight. Even under this huge feeling of guilt, I have never met a single person who did not genuinely want to do that exact thing. But they struggled with it because they were in so much pain. How could they possibly lose weight when they couldn’t exercise because of how much they hurt? Why didn’t their doctor understand this? What were they supposed to do? I have found that in order to be pain-free, and get the health they were seeking, it all starts with the right mindset. This tool sets the foundation for every decision we make, establishing a solid foundation for living the healthy life they are really seeking. And once we realize that our health is about creating habits that keep us healthy, we see why temporary programs are simply ineffective.

I feel very fortunate to be able to provide the necessary tools and proven systems to help people feel better. A big part of this system helps to lower inflammation and help others reach their ideal weight. When we can do this together, it creates the ideal environment for healing–resulting in everyone feeling better!

I can safely say now that not only am I helping others do this, but I’m also my very own client. I struggled quite a bit with just hitting the send button to post this, but if it can help one life, it would be all worth it. So, it’s time for me to show a little vulnerability…This was me just one month ago.

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I was feeling bloated and weighed down, and I just struggled to keep up with my kids. My own doctor advised me to do the very thing I help others with: to get healthier and lose weight. Luckily for me, the solutions were already available. So I started on my own health journey this January.

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And this is me now. This is what it looks like to lose 20 pounds. I feel amazing! And I’m grateful for having a great support system.

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