The Gift of Health and Happiness
Welcome to my first blog.
I thought that it would be nice to get to know me a little bit, for you to see where I am coming from and why I want to help other people achieve the “Gift of Health and Happiness”.
I grew up the youngest of 4 and the only girl, spoiled? Yes, and still am! My parents were very supportive of me and the decisions I made in life. No matter what ever happened, I knew that my parents loved me and would be there. They may not have always been happy with my decisions but they supported me.
My mom made homemade food and always allowed me to cook with her. I was very fond of baking and cooking. Took my first cooking class when I was ten years old with Auntie Louise. I still have the certificate! I love to cook to this day. I find it very therapeutic.
I was very active physically into my early twenties until I had my first child. I danced, played volleyball, ran track and field, soccer, competed in gymnastics, was a cheerleading all through high school and ball hockey in the women’s league. Then I had my first child. I loved her so much, I wanted to spend every second with her. Although I would take her outside and for walks, the kind of physical activity I needed was no longer a part of my life. I have struggled with incorporating this into my life ever since.
“Taking the time to look after your own needs it vital to leading a healthy and happy life.”
I now know and have for some time, that that was one of the biggest mistakes I made. I talk to women and young women, about this every chance I get. Taking the time to look after your own needs it vital to leading a healthy and happy life. I do incorporate physical activity into my life as I know this is one key component to leading a healthy and happy life, I just need to work on being consistent.
In 1997, I quit working for the Children’s Aid Society to open a business called Just What U Need. There was a huge need in my community for a place where you could get real food, that was hot and ready to be picked up when you were finished work at 4:30 pm. That is what I did. I made prepared meals to go. I loved it, I got to cook all day long and feed people. I had never run a business before and looking back I should have done some more research and marketing. Please know, I have no regrets. In the middle of trying to make a go, my husband (my high school sweetheart) and I separated. We loved each other but needed some time to figure out our lives. In 2010, I went into a partnership with another well-established business and that did not go as I had planned or wanted. I closed my business in July of 2010. Unfortunately, I had to declare bankruptcy. I had nothing.
I had met another man and he and his 2 children and me and my two children moved in together in June of 2010, it lasted 2 weeks. It was a huge home that I could not afford on my own. I found myself with no job, no partner, no income or support (my former husband had just gotten laid off) and I had just turned 40. I was devastated. I called my ex-husband and asked him if I could go to the cottage with him for the weekend. I needed some peace. He was a little surprised that I would ask him, until I told him what happened. I needed to regroup. I was initially devastated but then I realized, I had spent the last 3 years relying on everyone else to look after me. I am a well educated, smart woman and I was not in control of my own life. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It became one of the best years of my life. I took control back of my life.
Over the course of the next 3 years I worked at several places being a supervisor, a personal support worker, a personal health coach and a cook at our local jail. I ended up having to move in with my parents until I could get my feet on the ground and gain some financial stability. Another very important lesson I learned during this time was that I would never work at a job that did not bring me joy and happiness in some way. Life is too short. This meant that I had to work at some jobs that paid very little and it was difficult at times to make ends meet but I did it.
My husband and I spent 3.5 years apart but starting dating again in 2012 and moved back in together in 2013. It was not and has not been easy. We both grew a lot during our time apart and we both also had new expectations of what this new relationship would look like. Marriage is a journey. It comes with a lot of ups and downs. One thing I know for sure, my life is better when I have Justin in it to share it with. We will continue to disagree, and dislike the other person at times but the good far outweighs the bad.
From the time, I had my first child up until today, my weight has yoyoed from 145 lbs up to over 220 lbs. I have lost and gained so much weight it’s ridiculous and very unhealthy. I have tried all kinds of diets, from the cabbage soup diet, the 10-day detox diet, low carb diet and the list goes on and on. In January of 2016, I had had enough with diets. I knew that it was not good for my body. I decided that I would eat healthy, no more diets. I am an emotional eater however, I am not sure when this started. Also, I have a very addictive personality. This is a journey and it will continue until the day I die. I am ok with that.
“I have lost and gained so much weight it’s ridiculous and very unhealthy. I have tried all kinds of diets, from the cabbage soup diet, the 10-day detox diet, low carb diet and the list goes on and on.”
It was in March 2016 that I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I was doing a job that I liked but I didn’t have a lot of human contact and this is my passion. I am a people person and find joy and inspiration in working with others. This program has changed my life and continues to empower me to be the best version of me every day. I am more than grateful for Joshua Rosenthal for founding this fantastic program. I got to hug him in New York at my conference in March of 2017. I cried tears of joy.
I have been healthy most of my life but starting about 4 or 5 years ago, I started to get sick. Nothing major, but colds, headaches, stomach aches, depression, hormonal, allergies and ended up with pneumonia in March of 2017. I went for allergy testing and have been to the doctors numerous times but was given no real answers to why my health was so unstable. I had contemplated going to the Naturopath several times and didn’t until recently. Another wise decision.
Due to all the yoyo dieting, the stress from the last 10 years from my business and marriage, and the starving of my body, my system said ENOUGH! I am grateful that I now have the answers to why I couldn’t lose weight and get healthy. This too, is a journey. I am having to challenge my cooking abilities to make foods that agree with my system during this time of transition.
I graduated as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in April of 2017. I absolutely love it. I started coaching in September of 2016. I have learned so much from my clients, I feel inspired every day to be the best version of me and to spread the knowledge I have gained from school and my life experience. I am finally at a place in my life where I have inner peace. I want others to experience that with me.
I want to help people on their journey to health and happiness. Small, simple steps over time make a huge difference. I have been through a lot and I still smile every day and am grateful for all that I have experienced. It has made me who I am. I have placed my life in the hands of faith and I truly believe I was meant to experience everything I did so that I could help others manoeuvre through their journey.
Thank you for reading. Start spreading more love into the world today.
Lots of Love
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