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At the beginning of this year, I decided to take a BIG step out of my own little comfort zone.
My comfort zone, for the past 25 years, has been being a stay at home mom, home-school teacher, wife, administrative assistant (sounds better than bookkeeper) for my husbands business, and all around Domestic Engineer.
I still enjoy being the Domestic Engineer of my home and helping husband with his business, but now that my girls are grown and doing their own thing, it’s time for this gal to take hold of the passions God has given her and run with it.
It All Started At The Doctors Office
Well, that’s not exactly how it happened, but it did help turn me onto this healthy living path I’m now on for sure.
A few year back I had been having some medical issues, that my doctor at the time, could not figure out. She focused on the physical, as did I, and even suggested I go in for exploratory surgery to see if the problem could be seen that way. It was soon after this surgery and a diagnosis that started with ‘well, we didn’t see anything, but let’s put you into early menopause anyways,’ that I decided to get a second opinion.
Now I don’t fault doctors for making some mistakes. We are all human, but I will exercise my right to get a second opinion. Thankfully I found a doctor that was willing to ask more questions. Especially the ‘what are you eating‘ type ones. He was extremely persistent with this, even as I objected and was focused on the problem having a different reason. With his very determined encouragement, I finally started to keep a food diary.
Within just a few weeks we had the answer. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) that was made mad by all the dairy I ate. I was now, lactose/dairy intolerant. Once I removed anything milk based from my diet my pain went away and I starting feel great again.
That’s When The Healthy Lifestyle Ball Started Rolling
I had grown up in a home with a mom who was very health conscious. We never had any fake ingredients in our home and we even ate a few tofu burgers here and there. I carried this foundation into my family. My girls never had any cereal that changed milk to different colors and sugary snacks were only on rare, special occasions. Living a healthy diet, so to speak, was already somewhat in my genes, but getting this diagnosis was about to kick it into full gear.
I started learning all I could about what I was eating. I researched, read books, and watched some really awesome documentaries like Hungry for Change, Food, INC, and FoodMatters. My current healthy lifestyle was about to go from eating salads every once and awhile to crazy organic foodie in no time flat.
Feeling Excited and Strange At the Same Time
With this new outlook on life, I found myself in a weird place. Not everyone around me was as excited about living a healthy, organic life like I was. I’m sure I drove some people crazy. I even became the High Maintenance Eater in the family, but I was OK with that.
I just had this strong pull to learn more and felt so limited by where I was and what I had available to me. We don’t live in metropolitan town with Whole Foods and Chipotle’s around, so gaining more knowledge in this area was going to have to be something I had to seek out.
I started to slowly transition my blogging from just a ‘mommy/reviewer‘ type blog, to focusing more on healthy eating. I also found myself the go-to person within my circle of friends and family for health related questions. It didn’t take long before I realized I needed to up my game and take a step of faith. It was time to go back to school.
Why I’m Becoming A Health Coach
When I first decided to start looking at online classes, I knew it was going to have to be something different. I didn’t want to focus just on food or exercise. Being healthy, in my opinion, means so much more then what you put in your mouth or how many miles you run. A healthy lifestyle is something that incorporates your mind, body, and spirit. If one of these is out of whack, then other areas may become out of whack too.
One day while researching online health classes, I came across an ad like this one. I knew almost immediately that this was it. This was the type of school I was looking for. I Google-ed IIN and watched various videos of past students. Each having different experiences and goals, but all loving the education they received.
After a lot of prayer and talking things over with my husband, we decided this was going to be it. This was my next adventure and I was truly excited.
Half Way There
I started my course in January and I am currently half way through. Each week is geared toward a different subject and or theme. The teachers are amazing too. I’ve learned from Dr. Oz, Dr. Hyman, and so many other great physicians and health educators.
The focus isn’t on one way of thinking either. I’m learning about all kinds of different diets, lifestyles, and ways of thinking when it comes to health and wellness. For me as a Christian, I’m hoping to use what I learn to help others take better care of themselves from a faith based outlook. Although IIN doesn’t preach one religion above another, they do acknowledge that spirituality places a HUGE part in ones health.
Each week I look forward to learning something new so that I can share it with those God brings into my path. I love being able to come alongside someone that is struggling with a certain area in their life and helping them find what is going to work for them.
What Will It Look Like When I’m Done
To be honest, I’m not sure yet. I haven’t decided if I want to go into a full blow Health Coach type business or not. I’m thinking I would like to incorporate what I’ve learned here on my blog more and possibly even use it in a ministry of some sort. Helping others become more healthy through cooking classes and such.
Not knowing where this path is going to take me is OK with me. For me, it’s the journey that’s the most exciting. I’m looking forward to learning more, sharing more, and having a lot of fun along the way.
Becoming a Health Coach means that I will get to use the gifts and abilities that God has given me to help others. Being a crazy, organic, High Maintenance eater will hopefully not only be to my benefit, but also to the benefit of anyone that wants a little help.
How About You?
Have you started on a new path recently? Are you thinking about what your next path/step in life will be? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.