Have I always been this muscular and lean? The answer to that is NO.
I have been struggling with going from being pretty skinny, to in my teenage years gain a lot of weight (Hi Stretchmarks!) get diagnosed with celiac disease and being extremely skinny again because my body didn’t’ take up the nutrition from the food I ate as it should. Som years after that I was also diagnosed with lyme disease, so having two autoimmune diseases has been a challenge.
How did I overcome all that? It’s been a real struggle or I should say challenge but one consistent thing in all of this is MOVEMENT – being active in some way has helped me through it all, I didn’t start with lifting heavy barbells, I started with walking and running.
Do not underestimate the power of getting outside daily.
It all started with running, when I was diagnosed with my celiac disease I started to run. Both to get out and clear my head because of a bad relationship I was in, but I also did it because of how it made me feel. It made me feel so much better about myself. I felt free, happy and all the anxiety was gone as soon as I stepped outside in my running shoes.
It was such a powerful start to a lot of powerful and life changing decisions.
During my run I always had the opportunity to just let go of everything else, to reflect and feel deep within me what I really wanted in life, what I and not anyone else wanted from me or wanted me to do. That was the day when I started to listen to my voice within. I started to make choices that made me happy, I started to slowly believe in myself!
It was the first time in years I felt like I finally could breathe again, that I finally could see clear. I came out from a fog, of I don’t know what, to finally see a clear picture of what I wanted to do. I felt like life was so much more, I had so much more to offer life and life had so much more to offer me. There was a plan for me, a plan for me to impact millions of people in some way and form.
At the time I didn’t know that a pair of running shoes and the step to put them on and get outside in the early spring sun on a run would change my life. It was something I never knew or expected would happen. Thinking back on this moment makes my eyes tear up. It makes me realize how far I have come in life, I’m in a place today that I could never imagine myself being back then.
It has been a journey and it still is. With all the ups and downs, challenges, roadblocks, friends for life and friends for the moment. Life is interesting, but I have one thing that I always have with me everywhere I go and also something that always has been consistent in some shape or form – MOVEMENT.
THE POWER OF MOVEMENT!