Step 1 – Caring for our Body and Pushing Past Our Limits
Ten years ago in 2003 I was sad, fat and unhealthy, and going through a really bad year. I was separated from my husband of 28 years, my son was having big troubles with the law and drugs and I was without a job, living on my savings. I was 50 and did not know what I was going to do.
The first thing I learned was we have to get up every day. We have to get our body working – with some exercise. We have to take in the right nourishment, nourishment that will help our mind and body to perform even when our heart is breaking.
There are some tricks to staying positive in the face of so much adversity. One I used, and use today, is to stand in front of the mirror, with a loving smile and say: “I am beautiful, I am loving, I am lovable and I am worthy of love.” This allowed me to feel that there would someday be someone else in my life to give all my love and passion to.
I also decided that I would get in the best shape of my life and make my ex-husband drool! I did! I quit eating junk food, soothing my sadness with Ben & Jerry’s and chips, and moved to healthy protein shakes, veggies, fish and chicken. I ate very little sweets, gave up dairy and especially my beloved cheese. I started taking my supplements every day, morning and night and added fish-oil fatty-acids, fiber and everything USANA’s scientists recommended. (www.energyunlimited.usana.com). I rode my bike, swam and ran with my dog. I joined a gym and hired a trainer.
I lost 24 lbs in three months. I got off my anti-depressant. I cleared up my skin. I dated some great guys and learned I was beautiful, loving, lovable and worthy of love. I learned life does not end with divorce. Later that year, when my son passed away in October, I almost collapsed, but, I kept going. I stayed off anti-depressants and doubled my fish-oil capsules (which are natural anti-depressants).
I honor his memory by speaking to youth groups about breaking through addictions with exercise and nutrition.
If you are in a bad place and feel trapped, make sure you are taking care of your body. This will give you the strength to Be Lean and Strong and overcome all adversity. In my next post I will talk about Step 2 in Staying Strong in the Face of Adversity — the Support of Friends.
Deb Dutcher, Energy Unlimited Coach