I’m getting ready to take a big step, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve decided it’s time to take a step back and take care of myself, show a little self-love. But, before I get to what I’m going to be doing, I wanted to share a video and some self-love tips with all of you. (This is a long post, bare with me. There’s an important announcement at the end.)
Christie Ressel, in the video below, gives some great tips on self-love. These are all simple, easy and inexpensive things to do to show yourself some love and bring your life some happiness. Have a look…
A bit of my story first… and a few confessions.
8 years ago, I went on a juice fast, then a vegan, gluten free diet. Along with exercise, I proceeded to lose 50 pounds. I remain gluten free to this day, but could not handle a vegan diet. (I’m also allergic to soy- that makes things difficult when you’re a vegan-no gluten or soy!) It was at this time that my love of nutrition blossomed. I read everything I could get my hands on. My husband and I began to make slow changes in our diet: juicing, smoothies, organic food, no sugar, whole foods, no processed foods. Everything I advocate in my blog. I still live this way…most of the time. But I have my demons, like everyone else. And my demons sometimes get the better of me, where my diet is concerned.
Around that same time, maybe about about 7 years ago, I had a personal crisis of sorts. This caused me to turn to my vices when times were bad. For me, my main vice is/was soda. I am completely and utterly addicted to soda. When things are bad, the first thing I turn to is soda. My demons still haunt me sometimes, so I still struggle with soda. That is really the main thing. I hardly ever eat fast food, processed food, cakes cookies, candy, etc. My diet is usually 80% or more whole foods. That’s not very sensible is it? Sitting eating dinner, with a wonderful plate of organic whole food, and a tall glass of soda! My problem is, and always has been SODA.
My other vice… I absolutely HATE to exercise. I know I can do it because that’s how I lost 50 pounds. Well, once I lost the weight, I quit exercising. I walk my dog everyday, and do yoga at least once a week, but that’s about it. (obviously not enough!)
Guess what drinking soda and not exercising has done for me? I have gained back every ounce of weight I lost 7 years ago. Can you believe that? I have gained 50 pounds in 7 years, mainly from drinking soda. (I drink A LOT of soda-I’ve been clean for 21 days) It wasn’t sudden, or all at ounce, a few pounds here and there. I tried losing it the same way I did before, and it didn’t work. It may have something to do with my age…darn hormones! 😡 No matter how hard I tried, the more I lost, the more I gained back. The yoyo effect. And now, here I am, back where I started 7 years ago.
It doesn’t comfort me knowing that 95% of people who lose weight gain it back. I’m a nutrition student now and I feel as if I should know better. I recently took a course on energy balance and weight management. My instructor, a microbiologist from UCLA, helped guide me and I now have a better idea as to how to lose weight properly. During the course, I developed my own weight loss program, specifically geared toward people in my age bracket (middle age). So, I do know better now, and will be implementing my weight loss plan after I’m done with my detox… Which brings us to the main purpose for this post.
I’m taking a 3 month leave of absence. (A sabbatical)
I have thought long and hard for many months about what to do and have come to a very difficult, but necessary, decision….It’s time I re-create myself. I’m taking that leap and creating my dream.
I have decided to take a 3 month leave of absence or sabbatical from school and blogging. I submitted my request to Hawthorn this past Friday. I received an email from the administration and expect it to be approved sometime today. Beginning today, and for the next three months, I will not be taking any classes or posting any articles or blogs. (I will, however, take this time to catch up on reading all of your wonderful blogs, something I don’t do nearly enough. I’ll even try to repost some articles on occasion.) I absolutely ADORE blogging and studying nutrition, so this was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made. But, I have to do this.
I need to do this to get myself back together, to get into the exercise habit, and kick my soda addiction once and for all. I have no business helping other people get healthy, if I can’t get healthy myself. So I am devoting the next three months to loving and taking care of myself. I consider it part of my job, as a future nutritionist, to get as healthy as I can, as an example to others of what is possible. I feel SO blessed that I have the ability to do this at this point in my life. I do realize just how lucky I am and I thank God every day. I know it can be done, because I’ve done it before. My hope is that in 3 months, when I return in July, I’ll be 30 pounds lighter, with an exercise addiction, instead of a soda addiction. ( my ultimate goal is 50 pounds, but that will take longer than 3 months.)
As I said, my sabbatical will last 3 months. So, you can expect the first blog to be posted on Monday, July 9, 2018. It’s going to be really hard not blogging for 3 months. It has become part of who I am. Quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me!
I’ve decided that I’M MOVIN’ ON from my demons…it’s time to put them behind me….
I leave you with a few other songs. I hope these songs make you realize that each of you are truly phenomenal people. I always try to think of everyone who reads my blog, and everyone I meet this way. We are all God’s children. God made each of us in his image. We are all beautiful, amazing, wonderful and brave….NEVER forget that.