It’s September 1st. Tomorrow is the big day, and I am feeling bittersweet about the whole thing. We have had a dreamy summer. Think lazy days on the beach. Lots of s’mores around the fire pit. And restocking the sunscreen weekly.
But, I can feel fall creeping in. It is starting to smell crisp in the evenings and the leaves are starting to show signs of changing colors. And I almost had a pumpkin spice latte this afternoon, but stopped myself. I’m not that ready.
Back to School is one of my favorite times of the year. It has the same promise that a new calendar year has. It is the perfect time to start some new routines, change some habits, and make some new things a priority. Not just for me, but for my whole family.
In the last few years I have worked very hard to change my life. I changed my body, my mind, my family, my house, and my marriage. I have never in my life been healthier, happier, or felt better.
It was little changes that equaled really big ones. Cleaning up my diet (it is clean, not sparkling – there will always be a place for cupcakes and cold beer), moving my body every day, getting rid of the stress and anxiety that was causing me to freak out and overeat, sleeping more, figuring out what really matters to me and creating my life around that.
In the process, I lost a lot of weight both literally and figuratively.
As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to run the business of a family. It can feel like you are in a constant state of survival mode. It can be all-consuming and although rewarding, it can be hard to make your own needs find their way to the top. In between driving my kids everywhere, working, taking care of my house, and feeding everyone at least three times a day, it can feel like I spend all of my time doing stuff for other people.
The thing is, you can take really good care of your family AND take really good care of yourself.
I want you to thrive, instead of just survive.
I have been on just about every diet you can think of. Sometimes I lost weight, sometimes I didn’t. I always gained it back and felt guilty and miserable afterwards. It was a cycle that I needed to break.
It finally dawned on me that it wasn’t the diets fault. My problem was not a food problem, it was a life problem.
When I stopped dieting, and focusing on eating what my body wanted and making myself happy the weight started to come off.
I know what you are thinking, it can’t be as easy as that. I promise you, it can.
When I started doing those little changes – over and over again, it made a big impact on all of the areas of my life. I am a new person.
When I became a holistic nutritionist, I discovered something early on in my studies. Just about every issue, ailment, and disease can be healed or improved by eating nourishing, whole foods, reducing stress, getting regular sleep, and treating your body with respect. After working with dozens of clients, I know this to be true.
This space has been quiet over the summer. But behind the scenes, I have been inspired by the changes I made in my life and created a program called Lighten Up! that I am so incredibly proud of. It is what I wish that I had years ago when I was struggling with my weight, feeling crappy about myself, and feeling unfulfilled.
I am running the first round beginning September 15th and would love for you to join me. I have 15 spots available for this first round. They are going to fill up quickly, so if you are interested, click over and sign up.
It is 4 weeks long, and going to be amazing. Awesome. So much fun.
You guys, I am so excited about this. I hope you will join me.
(And if you know someone that might be interested, can you pass this info along?)