When I was younger I never realized how important eating healthy and being active was. My older brother was very active and was always able to get me outside and get me moving. I truly appreciate these memories and smile as I think back to them. I smile because it is memories like these that get me through the hard days of no longer having my brother here with me.
I lost my brother Corey in 2010 and it was a traumatic and life changing event. Though at the time I didn’t know it because I was broken. I never knew that there was a physical pain that came with heartache until the day I got the phone call about his accident. Feeling completely numb, not knowing what to think or feel, I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do next. All I could remember thinking was “this can’t be real.” I wanted time to reverse back to earlier in the day and to stay in that moment forever. The closest thing I had to going back in time was calling his cell phone to listen to his voice on his voicemail. It was comforting. It was real. It was him.
I realized a lot of things when my world was turned upside down. One of those things was the relationship I had with food wasn’t a good one. In my family we eat and drink when we are sad, happy, excited, angry, or not feeling anything at all. Food is something that brings us together. When the one thing that is bringing family and friends together is the same thing that was killing me, I realized it was a problem. As time continued to pass, a doctor’s appointment made me aware that I had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. I was going through the daily motions of everyday life but I was not truly living life. I wasn’t celebrating! On top of having to start taking medication to control my blood pressure levels, I felt like complete crap. When was enough going to be enough for me?
On September 12, 2012 it was. I had no idea how I was going to change but I knew I had to now. I set a goal to lose weight so I could get my high blood pressure under control and stop taking blood pressure medication. I was set on accomplishing that goal and with the simple method of healthy eating and exercise I did just that. What I didn’t realize was that my enough is enough was going to become more than I could have ever imagined. I’ve found something that I love in living this new healthy lifestyle. It has brought so many amazing things into my life and I want to share that with the world. I became a health coach so I can help people not only achieve their health and fitness goals, but to also help them celebrate themselves. Every new day that comes I’m learning to enjoy life and not to be afraid. I’m celebrating me!