Today marks four weeks since I made a big change in my life. For the past month, I’ve shown myself more self love than any other time in my seventeen years, all by tweaking what I put in my mouth. I embarked on this journey with Kelly Timmerman, a two time cancer survivor whose mission is to help people develop the kind of health that she’s grateful for and passionate about. It is through her knowledge, motivation, and grace that I’ve been able to learn the correct way to fuel my body and create a lifestyle that will last a lifetime. I am forever grateful that Kelly came into my life when she did.
I’ve learned a lot in the last month. First off, it is very possible to do the thing you once thought you could never accomplish. I knew I was capable of cutting out sweets for a week or so, as I’ve done many times, and I knew I was capable of being conscious of my food choices for a week or so, as I’ve also done many times. What I didn’t know was that my attempts at fixing a lifelong issue with short term solutions were never going to work. That’s why I love that this change wasn’t created for just four or eight or twelve weeks; it’s something I can carry with me throughout my entire life.
Even though I haven’t had gluten, refined sugar, or much dairy in a month, I’ve learned that those things aren’t the enemy. If I want a freaking oven baked, homemade chocolate chip cookie cake oozing with heath and ice cream, I can gosh darn have it. Now I wouldn’t have one everyday, especially since I’m on a roll with the cleansing process, but once I get further along I know that having something unbalanced every once and a while won’t throw me off track.
I’ve also learned that planning ahead is necessary in maintaining not only this lifestyle, but anything else in my life. You’ve got to set yourself up to succeed. I’m fortunate in the fact that my parents have been especially helpful in this process. I can always count on them for lunch ideas, balanced dinners, and grocery store runs while I’m at school. I wouldn’t be looking at the progress I’ve made without them, and for that I am forever grateful.
Of course there’s always a down side to everything in life. Being one out of four hundred students in the lunch room avoiding breaded chicken sandwiches, pancakes on a stick, crispitos, pizza crunchers, and snickerdoodles can be a struggle in itself. Or when a friend or teammate asks why I’m still not eating “regular food.” Or when all I want to do is have a freaking Dairy Queen blizzard because it was just one of those days. Or when I toured SMU and they handed out their famous chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches and I said no thank you (hardest moment of the last four weeks, not gonna lie).
For each frustrated moment I spent wondering why I made such a major change, there’s been a hundred more moments that I thank myself for nourishing my body with foods that help make me feel amazing. The truth is, I’ve never felt better in my life. I sleep better, I wake up with ease, I feel more energized, I focus in class, and I feel a hundred times better in my clothes. The determination and strength I’ve shown myself in the last four weeks shows that I can do whatever I want to do in this life.
The point of this is to tell anyone reading that putting your health first truly can and will change your life. Whether you care about nutrition or not, you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. I’m proud to say that I’ve shaken off my self conscious feelings and replaced them with confidence and passion. If this is what I feel like after only four weeks, I can’t wait to see what is in store for the future.
Thanks for letting me share my moments of pure bliss with you now and as always.