I start training with my first personal trainer on Monday. I'm nervous and after questioning myself as to why, I've decided to blog my journey. There has to be others in my shoes.
At first glance, I appear to be the same size and stature as I've been for many years (especially for those who see me day to day). Granted, in my youth, I've seen nearly 200 pounds, but for the better part of 12 years, I've kept myself 50-60 pounds lighter. The scale hasn't changed but my level of 'fit'ness has! I've gotten so out of shape recently and the contrast of where I am to where I've been really hurts my pride ... or is it my ego?
I've heard people say "I can't go to the gym because I don't look good in gym clothes." Ironic isn't it? I found some really awesome gym clothes so I'm a-okay there, but I can certainly relate to feeling less than enthusiastic about beginning a journey that will obviously become easier once I 'get there.'
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, I come across people who feel similarly in that they want to 'get there' ... to wherever it is easier ... to wherever they will feel better ... to a lighter weight ... to being symptom-free ... etc. And what do I say to them?
A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
I often attribute the autoimmune disease that started my holistic health journey as a gift. I've determined I was gifted with a health crisis so that I can teach others how to heal themselves. Afterall, I've spent thousands of dollars on education, supplementation, cleanses and other healing journeys to learn how to heal myself. So here are a few new gifts I've been given recently that will teach me how to better help others after having learned, first-hand, the equal necessity and challenge of 'getting there' from somewhere near the beginning:
Becoming so insanely busy with business and life that I stopped:
*moving and getting fit
*meditating and finding center
*eating variety of nutrients
*making home-made raw, vegan masterpieces
*playing in nature
*relaxing at home
So I have arrived at a place where:
*My body feels less flexible, capable and fit.
*My smile takes longer to find in the morning.
*My 'happy' is a little less loud.
So ... I begin another cycle of practice and I'll share my journey with you on my blog. Would you start with me? Do your own journey and pursue your own goals but start today. Do anything you've been meaning to do ... exercise, eat better, read more, laugh louder, mow the lawn before it looks like a forest... whatever it is. A year from now, you will wish you had! (particularly the lawn forest)
This story by Scott Sonnon lingers with inspiration:
In my childhood, I tried to become strong. As a broken and battered obese child, strength seemed deified, and those who possessed it appeared magical in their abilities.
We all sought to build strength, but almost everyone else
lay much farther down the road than I, so their plight
remained unseen to me until decades later. I didn't realize for years that those who were born with genetic advantage, eventually stumbled under the erroneous fixation on "building strength." There are two forces in the world: driving forces, and restrictive forces... but we're so often only taught the former. We are told to step on the accelerator, despite the emergency brake being fully engaged. Tires smoking, engine seizing, brakes burning, lubrication evaporating, going nowhere fast, if you attempt to build strength without disengaging the emergency brake, you break down. Though
it happened to me immediately due to my congenital and nutritional deficiencies, it eventually happened to almost all of those "early bloomers" from my childhood as well.
I had no choice but to focus on removing my weakness, rather than building strength. But now, decades later, that realization helps so many others that the hardships of my youth feel invested wisely. There were two types of events (and people) I experienced in life: those that build you up and those that tear you down. In the end, I've come to be grateful for them both, and now realize
that in being forced to remove my weaknesses, I was left with an unlimited ability to build my strengths.
When you're feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, remember that strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Take off the brakes, and fly.
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.