My Health Journey Over the Past Year

It’s been a while since I have shared on here, and I thought it would be fitting to share a little bit more of my health journey so far. So to dive right in, this time last year I had a lot on my plate (and who doesn’t!). I was giving much more to others that I was putting into nurturing myself. I was on the “struggle bus” if you will. I barely had the energy for more than going through the motions, and it’s hard to even put into words what was going on. I don’t have much recollection of the day to day because they all blended together, where I went to work, came home, and took care of the household, and went to bed. Wake up, repeat. This was my rock bottom, my breaking point. Is this something that you can relate to?

Something needed to change.

I am apart of an amazing group on women on facebook organized by Natalie Brite, called Soul Sisters on Fire. Here I saw a simple post from my now Wellness Coach and friend, asking for a few people to take her new health and wellness program for a test run. Something urged me to reach out to her, something completely out of character for me at the time, as I was so turned inward in self preservation. She offered am amazing, holistic package and I set out on this journey with her. What did I have to lose? I was empty, and didn’t know what else to do.

This new found motivation led me to make myself more of a priority. I still wasn’t making myself #1, but it was a start. I started making time for myself – creating routines, doing yoga, finding the motivation to go to the gym again.

Fast forward a few months to the end of the year. I signed up for my 200 hour yoga teacher training – a huge commitment to myself! I got back into reading a lot more. I buckled down at the gym and in my yoga practice.

I could also see how these healthy changes were manifesting in my physical body. My hair and nail growth is like its never been before. At one point in college it took me over 4 years to grow my hair out about 12 inches. No joke. Now, I am getting regular haircuts to maintain my length, and am considering growing it back out. I have always had issues with my fingernails peeling and breaking. For those of you who don’t know me all that well, I work on a farm, so I am very hard on my hands.

Ever since I was a child, I have had issues with my digestion. I was diagnosed with IBS about ten years ago. This December, I had some complications that put me into the hospital for a few days. I had unexplained bleeding and inflammation in my colon. After this, I got even more serious about my nutrition. I had thought that I was doing fairly well, but these complications can still creep up unannounced. I had a followup colonoscopy in February and it can back clean. My latest followup with the GI got me the full clearance I was looking for and I only need to come in if I have issues. I’m optimistic I won’t be seeing them any times soon.

Mental health is also very important to me. I have battled with anxiety and depression since adolescence or even before, which was always put into the “teenage angst” category. Two months ago I was able to come off of my medication for this. I have needed it for over 2 years. I feel better than I have been while on it. My mind is clearer and I feel happier. Others are also starting to notice, and that has really confirmed how I have been feeling.

If you have more questions about this journey, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message. I am happy to share with as many people as I can.

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