My journey started long before motherhood. I grew up around others that struggled with mental and physical health issues. As a matter of fact I remember being told that it runs in the family and I’m susceptible to it. I do believe that there are certain genetics that can cause certain things, but I also believe that there are ways to cope with mental illness so that you can live with it but not let it run your life.
I witnessed how mental illness can lead to health issues by using food as a coping mechanism or not having the energy to do anything at all. I’ve seen how mental and physical health can land people you love in divorce or the hospital with heart failure and almost dying in their hospital bed.
I had issues both mentally and physically growing up. Mentally I felt lonely and suffered from low self esteem and physically I had no boundaries with food.
Years later in my life would be when I’d start to put the pieces together like a puzzle that I needed to change.
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with my first son that was a true blessing in disguise. I took the steps in the right direction to not only change for my growing baby, but to create a lifestyle beyond birth. I knew I wanted to have another baby and I didn’t want to have to go through the same routine I did with my first so change was necessary. I learned what I needed to do to be healthy. I started working out and running and stayed with my nutritionist until after my second son was born.
After my second son, I felt different. I felt down. I cried a lot. I felt empty. Here I was with a two beautiful boys and I had no feelings to show for it. I was easily offended and I cried. I was irritable and didn’t want to do anything. Months later I found out I was suffering from sever anxiety and depression. That everything from my past had come crushing down on me like a ton of bricks.
I was a mother now with two beautiful boys that deserved something far more than what I had experienced from my past. And that’s when I decided that my family needed me to be all in for them so I made the change to become better for them.
My journey has helped me to lead by example for my kids. To know what it means to be healthy and to make good food choices. They know what it means to be mentally healthy and happy in life and that is all I wanted for them was to have a mom that was there for them to show them that life is worth living.
I have been able to take my past experiences to motivate me to fuel the fire to be one a better version of myself for me and my family. It has been my ultimate goal for a long time and know that if I wasn’t blessed with the challenging health issues with both pregnancies I wouldn’t have probably been motivated to change my ways and who knows where I’d be. Everyday I feel grateful for these challenges because it’s made me a healthier, and far better mom, wife, and person.
My journey with mental and physical health has truly inspired me as a mom to do and be better for my boys and for that I am grateful.
PS If you struggle with your health your not alone and there is opportunity to change! if you would like to know more about the tools that have helped me overcome my mental and physical health challenges my inbox is always open and I’d be happy to chat with you more about it and how we can get you on the right track to success!