a beautiful journey….

Since 2011, I have been on a journey to reclaim my health and wellness. When I started my business in 2003, I gave it my undivided attention. There was no request that I’d say no to or distance to far to travel. What I didn’t realize is that slowly I was gaining weight, making myself miserable, and losing a bit of myself day by day.

Let me go on record to say that I do not for one minute regret any of the clients I worked with, the adventures I experienced, or outcome of this journey. In fact, I look at it as a stepping stone that has gotten me to where I am today and for that I feel completely blessed and grateful.

What I do regret is not taking care of myself. I stopped working out or being physically active during my junior year of high school. I traded the softball field for the darkroom. College — well, it was college (parties, drinking, eating too much pizza) After college graduation I returned home (to Pennsylvania) and started a bridge job for about 2.5 years in a office environment. Add co-workers birthdays + happy hour + new boyfriend + weekend weddings = excessive weight. Like, 50 pounds or more!

Photo on the right was taken in May of 2006 — a few weeks prior to my wedding. Photo on the left was taken in January of 2014.

When there is such happiness in your life and you are moving at a rapid pace it’s hard to see the weight gain. Honestly, I should have seen it when I was at the GAP every weekend buying larger sized clothes, but I didn’t take notice.

Sadly, my health + wellbeing wouldn’t be addressed until 2011. Between hitting rock bottom on the floor of my closet with nothing to wear and going on a family cruise something had to change. The night that I found myself surrounded in a pile of clothes that at a size 14 no longer fit, I became disgusted and was determined to change. I put my tail between my legs and marched into a local gym where I signed up for a 12 week coaching program.

At the end of the 12 week program, I had lost 20 pounds, made health + wellness a non-negotiable in my life and restructured my business to suit my new lifestyle.

I’ve walked the treadmill for hours on end, cried and dripped sweat on the stair mill, pushed my body during a trial membership of crossfit, attempted my ballet skills at barre class, and spun my ass off for a year and a half. I’ve wanted to give up on countless occasions, yet knowing the alternative pushes me each and every day to continue moving forward.

Along the way, I discovered that I wanted to help others on their health + wellness journey. That they don’t need to walk this path alone and help is all around them, they simply need to ask for it. In 2012, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I received my certification as a holistic health coach.

Never in a million years did I think that my journey would lead me to where I am today. While, the balance between running my photography business and health coaching is currently a little foggy, I look forward to living the healthiest life that I can and help those around me do the same.

If you are interested in coaching with me one — on — one I have a few openings for the start of July 2014. Email me for more details at hello@amandakraft.com