If you asked me, “How are you?” any time between ages 19 and 33, my answer would have been, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” I spent over a decade working in smoky bars, working 2 and 3 jobs at a time with multiple 18 hr. days per week, and searching aimlessly for a purpose in my life. I drank too much. I smoked. I ate chemicals and garbage almost every meal. I had no concept that we truly ARE what we eat. So, I gained weight. Alongside that came acne, hairloss, digestive problems, dehydration that led me to being hospitalized, thyroid issues, depression, frustration, sadness, anger, fear, hopelessness. Somewhere within that foggy place in time, I got married, pregnant, and divorced in less than two years. My baby was born 8 weeks early at 3 lbs. That whole situation led to even more drinking and weight gain. And, let’s not even get into how financially broken I was. After all those hours of work, I had nothing to show for it. I felt crazy! Now stay with me here. I am not a preacher, but I do want to tell you the rest of story.
People say, “God will not give you more than you can handle in a day.” NOT TRUE!! God will allow you to come down to the depths, to hit rock bottom, and to have nowhere to turn but Him if that’s what it takes to get your attention!
I had always grown up around a church. I was familiar with God but I certainly did not have much of a relationship with Him. I was desperate though, and I began to pray. I read my Bible, and began to ask people to pray for me. I found a home church. I was open about my struggles and people began to reach out. A dim light was beginning to shine. I prayed harder, longer, more purposefully. I began to be able to help others in need. Even if it was only $10, if I could give it, I did. The Lord had promised me (and all of us!) that He would provide. I had faith that He would – and He did! In fact, He showed out in a big way!! The more I prayed, stayed faithful, and gave freely, the happier I was inside and the more abundance showed itself around me. The Lord sent me the most precious man. My soul mate. I stopped smoking. I was able to care for my son financially, and pay my bills. I was able to work normal hours. I certainly wasn’t out the hole yet but I could see the light at the top. I was starting to feel like a person again. The only thing still nagging me was my weight. I had gotten fluffy and soft. Now I wasn’t eating in depression, I was eating out of joy! Some would say that’s a good problem to have, but it’s not.
I always had this nagging feeling that most of my problems were born out of my own lack of self-control. I knew that God wanted me to have self-control.
The Bible says
“a person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”
In the Bible, we are taught that self-control helps us to master our moods, watch our words, restrain our reactions, stick to a schedule, manage our money, and…maintain our health! 1 Thessalonians 4:4 says “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body.” Wow. So, I went through a couple of years trying this and that. Low-carb, low fat, calorie counting, running, blah, blah, blah. You know the story. None of it worked, but I knew where my focus should be. This self-control thing was eating away at me. It was a real problem learning how to govern myself!
In 2013, a friend of mine who was watching some of my personal and physical struggles on social media sent me a message. We began to talk about my how health and fitness goals relate to all the other goals in our lives. She introduced me to Beachbody and Shakeology. I honestly thought she was crazy, but, no crazier than I was with all the other “products” I had tried. So I gave it a shot. I bought T25 and Shakeology. I joined a Challenge Group. I researched clean eating and meal planning every night until my eyes almost fell out. What I learned sparked a fire inside me! I started drinking my shakes and working out and within 2 weeks, I had lost 7 inches and 7 pounds. Oh boy, I was hooked! Here was this nutritious, delicious shake that was supplementing my diet. Even on the days when my meals fell off track, I still had this nugget of liquid gold. I was energetic. My cravings were reduced significantly. My sweet tooth reduced to almost nothing! Had I really kicked cigarettes AND sugar? This was awesome.
I researched more. I became so excited about Shakeology, its founders, the mission behind its existence, the importance of the quality and origin of the ingredient, I decided that I had to start telling people. If something truly changes your life, you have to share it!! I developed such a drive to continue learning as much as possible. My primary focus has been on nutrition and fitness, but I also became interested in alternative solutions to disease prevention and healing. Again, as the Law of Attraction seems to always work, just what I was looking for was placed right in front of me when another friend started teaching me about Essential Oils. These oils have been around since the Ancient of Days and my research has been focused on finding the best available, as with my Shakeology dietary supplement. The research and digging around led her, and eventually me, to Young Living. Like Beachbody with Shakeology, the Young Living corporation makes its farms and processing its highest priority when producing its oils.
Let’s say that you have a gallon of gasoline and a gallon of orange juice. They are both liquids and technically, you could put both in your gas tank. However, only one of them is going to run your car at its highest efficiency. The same goes for Young Living Essential Oils and Shakeology.
Y’all, I can’t exaggerate this enough. If you start to make baby-steps towards a cleaner lifestyle, the benefits will spill over into every single aspect of your life, and will reach out to your families also. Please let me know if you want to chat. I love to help others find their sweet spot in health. Let’s not get crazy . I still enjoy my martinis! I just use the self-control that I have developed, and I would be so proud to walk the walk with you, too!
Drop me a comment and let me know you’re out there.
Healthy blessings to you,