Hitting Rock Bottom Inspired Me to Lose 100 lbs and Change My Life!
Today, I can honestly say that that I have succeeded.
I found my rock bottom and I have bounced back.
I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been!
I’ve found fulfillment and I’m living out my purpose.
It’s hard to imagine that only six years ago I completely crashed, knocked down by severe panic attacks, 100 pounds overweight, pre-diabetic, inflamed , and miserable as heck!
How did I get from there to where I am now?
Well, I’m about to share my story of going a successful sick executive to a happy and healthy nutritionist. So sit tight and read on!
My Starting Point
I grew up in Quebec, a province in Canada. I went to college and graduated with a degree in Health Science. But somehow, the universe brought me to the retail industry. I found a job in one of the top retail companies in Canada. My type A personality made it possible for me to work my way up from a lowly cashier to an executive vice president by the time I was 34 years old.
Most people would think “Oh, she’s made it!” After all, I had an impressive job title with the hefty salary that came with it. I also had the respect and admiration of my peers and drove around town in nice cars.
Everything looked swell on the outside, but hardly anyone knew what was going on inside of me.
I was a hundred pounds overweight. My obesity was the result of years of emotional eating, which started when I was 11 years old. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and had high cholesterol. I also had a skin condition.
I wasn’t doing any better emotionally and mentally. I was struggling with an anxiety disorder. I had a series of debilitating panic attacks which affected my work. I also had mood swings. I didn’t smile because I was often sad.
My Turning Point
One day, I was coming on stage to deliver a speech as part of my job when I suddenly found myself breathless and unable to speak. The next thing I knew, I was in the emergency room of a hospital.
I thought I just had a heart attack, but after some tests, the doctors told me that my heart was in perfect condition. They said I had a panic attack and referred me to a physician who prescribed anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants.
I knew right there and then that I had to something about my health before it was too late.
My First Few Steps
I started my journey to better health the best way I knew how at that time — by losing weight. I figured that if I lost weight and took control of my eating habits, I’d be healthier and happier.
And so I changed my diet and kept an exercise regimen. My efforts paid off after a year — I lost a whopping 100 pounds! It felt good being able to wear clothes that were several sizes smaller. And boy did I like what I saw in the mirror!
You probably think this is the happy ending to my story, but it’s not. I was still far from where I wanted to be.
My Aha Moment
One day, I was sitting in my corner office when a realization hit me squarely between the eyes: I wasn’t happy!
I was confronted with these nagging questions: Is this really what you want to do for the rest of your life? Is that how you really want to feel?
Following that epiphany, I began to realize that losing weight was not the be-all and end-all of my health and happiness. From that day forward, I’ve learned from my encounters with people and from books that there’s more to health than just the food I ate or the exercise routine I kept. I realized that there’s so much more to the human being than just the physical body.
Discovering The Magic
One of my most important discoveries in my journey towards total health and greater happiness is the mind-body connection. Once I realized how important this connection was, I underwent mental therapies and mind-body healing sessions. I learned to meditate. I discovered mindfulness and reiki. I was so hungry for knowledge on mind-body connection that I devoured countless books on this subject.
By far, the most memorable book I’ve ever read on this topic was also the first one I read. It’s The Anatomy of the Spirit by Dr. Caroline Myss. It absolutely rocked my world! It explained the connection between mind and body in a scientific fashion, but it also incorporated wisdom from ancient religious traditions. Page after page, I found myself exclaiming “Oh, my God, this is so me!” and “Oh, my God, so this is why I feel like this!” It shed light on why I was not happy and showed me the areas in my life that I needed to work on.
In the process of discovering the connection between the body and the mind, I realized that I wasn’t happy in my job and I couldn’t work in the retail industry any longer. I was willing to let go of all the perks and the prestige that comes with being an executive vice president in a well-respected company; I realized that they didn’t really matter to me.
So I took a leap of faith and submitted my resignation letter. I took three months off, rented my dream car (a Mustang convertible) and traveled to California, traversing the entire west coast. I went from one end of the country to the other end of the trail. Then I explored the Southern Rockies. I took a much-needed break and had such a marvelous time!
Back to School
My thirst for knowledge was insatiable so I felt compelled to go back to school. Going back to school was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Losing a hundred pounds was nothing compared to it. But my Type A personality served me well during this time; I was determined to learn as much as I can. Back in Canada, I enrolled in the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, a school for people who seek a career in alternative healthcare field. After I graduated with a degree in holistic nutrition, I pursued further learning by attending workshops, retreats, and classes.
Then, I began using everything I’ve learned to help women heal themselves. At first, I simply used what I learned about nutrition and movement. However, I soon remembered the significance of the mind-body connection and also realized the huge impact that thoughts and environment has on one’s health. With this in mind, I refined my practice and my methods.
I began teaching my patients that health is happiness, and that happiness can be achieved by establishing a stronger connection between the mind and body. I also started to teach them that our body sends us messages and if we don’t take the time to listen to them, good health will continue to be an elusive goal.
Where I am Today
I don’t regret anything that has happened in my life because everything I’ve experienced led me to where I am today and molded me into the person that I am now. Had it not been for my panic attack that fateful day, I probably wouldn’t have begun my journey to self-transformation. Perhaps I would still be unhappy, unhealthy, and miserable with the job I had.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing that has come out of my experiences is that I’ve had the opportunity to inspire thousands of women and help them transform their lives for the better. Like I said at the beginning of this article, I’m living my dream and fulfilling my purpose. What could be better than that?
My learnings …
Perhaps the first thing to be learned from my story is that money and prestige don’t mean anything when you’re sick and miserable. Maybe you already know this, but my experience reaffirms this fact. I gave up my high-paying position in a well-respected company to pursue better health and greater happiness. I don’t regret it one bit.
The second thing is physical health is only part of the picture. You aren’t truly healthy when you’re not happy. I have a poster in my office that has the World Health Organization’s definition of health which is “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Happiness is essential to mental well-being, which is an inextricable component of good health.
Last but not least, everything that happens to us has a purpose, even the worst things. My emotional eating, ill health, and panic attacks all compelled me to seek the knowledge that I would later use to heal myself and help others.
The next steps…
I have since made it my mission to help women who are struggling with emotional eating take take the next step so that they can live healthy and more satisfying lives.
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