My journey towards my own “wellpower” started roughly two years ago. At the time, I was just about to become engaged to the love of my life, but I was also feeling awful. I have always been a “life-of-the-party” kind of gal and my lifestyle habits back then were getting out of hand.
I would stay up late, eat the worst kinds of foods (looking at you, greasy french fries), avoid exercise, and worst of all, allowed myself to stay in these ruts. As a result, I was gaining weight and my self-confidence went right out the window.
Something needed to change, and it needed to change quickly. I found no joy in the things that once brought me happiness, whether it was going out with friends, or cooking, or going shopping for new clothes. These activities felt hindered because of how I looked and felt.
I decided to completely overhaul how I was living my life. I wanted to feel better all around, in both mind and body.
Even though I’ve worked in the health and wellness industry almost my whole working life, for some reason just couldn’t figure out exactly what to do. I felt so lost. So, I did what any millennial would do: I took to the internet!
I started researching easy exercises and healthy eating plans (organic, pegan, veganic, keto) and became hooked on getting as much information as possible.
The idea of “wellpower,” to me, is finding a source of power within yourself. It can be something that motivates you; the thing that lights you up inside. I had found mine.
I read up on everything from daily protein needs to what a high-intensity workout does for the body. With my arsenal of new knowledge, I was ready to get to work.
The first thing I did was cut back on sugar. I never realized how much sugar was hiding in, well, everything—soups, yogurt, you name it! Cutting sugar from my diet was when I first started seeing changes in myself. Once I saw the pounds coming off, I realized that all processed foods were doing me absolutely no favors. Convenient? Sure. Healthy? No way.
To combat that issue, I started developing my own recipes, using mostly organic foods, and with little salt and no artificial sugar. And just like that, I found my love for cooking all over again. I can now say confidently that I eat almost 100% plant-based, and mostly organic, and I do not miss eating my old junk food. I actually find the things I used to love (read: cheese) make me extremely uncomfortable now, and I’ve found so many great alternatives. They’re out there…I promise!
With my eating habits fixed, I moved on to exercise. I’ll be honest: I don’t like to work out. Sweat is not my thing. The thought of running makes me cringe.
But, with some time, I finally found exercise that I actually enjoy: yoga. One of the things I love most about yoga is that it came rather naturally to me. I not only had fun doing it, I was pretty good at it, too! Yoga makes me feel great and it allows me to work on parts of my body that had once been ignored.
Not only has it helped in my weight loss journey, but it has made my body and mind stronger overall. This was greater than any numbers falling on the scale: the feeling of confidence and strength and happiness coming back into my life.
Throughout my “wellpower” journey I have not only lost nearly 50 pounds, but I’ve gained back self-love. It’s a journey I love to share with those who may need some inspiration to get motivated. I am the “life-of-the-party” gal again… just in a whole new way.