Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Journey is the Reward

Six months ago I decided I needed to make a change. Not only did I need to make a change, I needed to overhaul my life. Who was I living this life for, and where was I going with it?

The first, most difficult, and best change overall was ending my miserable marriage. I never thought I would be someone to get a divorce, but in the end I decided it was the best decision for not only me but for the both of us. It took a good deal of counseling and talking to God for me to realize that admitting failure in the relationship did not mean that I was a failure at life. I took this as my turning point to make some other changes.

From there, I determined that my health had to become a priority. I could sit back and let my neurocardiogenic syncope rule my life and live a sedentary lifestyle, or I could say "No!" and take my life back. I did not make any drastic changes, but slowly I began making lifestyle changes. I began eating less processed foods, more fruits and vegetables, less fried foods, and more lean meats. I cut down or cut out completely soda, ice cream, pizza, your typical junk foods. I hit the gym when I could, though in no particular system because of school. I tried Zumba and loved it! I worked my time up on the elliptical from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. So far, I've lost 20 pounds (212-192) and gone from an 18 to a 14. I have not been this size since 2007, and it's a great feeling. Seeing these results truly keeps me motivated to keep it up. They may not seem like much in pictures, but I can definitely see a difference in my body and the way I feel.



Around 205

While school has always been a priority, I really focused myself on putting my all into my education. I was doing my first internship at a local elementary school in a first grade classroom. It was honestly the best experience I have ever had, and I grew so much as a teacher thanks to a great mentor teacher, mentor professor, and a room of the best first graders around. When my days were hard, because let's face it-divorce isn't easy, I would walk into that classroom and be hugged by 20 kids. How can that not bring a smile to even those with the hardest of hearts? I believe God put me in that classroom at that time to show me the joy in life, and that I am right where He wants me to be. My work that semester paid off in a multitude of ways. I made President's List by earning all A's, and I recently found out I am one of the winners of my university's  Undergraduate Research Conference which is an honor. In April I will be doing a poster presentation at the conference, and I am so excited-but that's a whole other blog.

I have a long way to go on this journey, but in the end the journey is the reward. Won't you join me?


  1. Have you read Nourishing Traditions or looked into a "Traditional Foods" diet? Do some research on Weston A Price and that style of eating. It's against most of what you've been taught (like, fats really aren't bad when they're the right kind) but it's awesome. We love it.

    I'm looking forward to following your journey!

  2. As a teacher I always say that the kids are what keeps me going!! To think I could be in a crap mood but when I go in my class the kids are just adorable!! I have 30 in my class however haha!!

    Congratulations on being so brave and good luck with the weight loss!!

    Just stopped by from FTLOB!