I am sure with a title like that, you are all like say what!? It’s no secret I have been MIA for a few months. Life took over, and I allowed my plateau and frustration get in the way of my healthy living.
Back in September I started looking for someone to help me learn to better fuel my body for the best results. I went to my primary care doctor and they set me up with a nutritionist. I went to see this person a few time and it was clear to me that it was a “one size fits all” place. I know about nutrition, more than a lot of people, and not because I went to school for it or anything, but because on my journey I have taught myself things by doing the research needed. So while those appointments could have been great had I gone in without knowledge, they were not helpful to me.
So my journey took me to another person who specialized in weight loss. She also put me on Phentermine to help curb my cravings. Literally the prescription was all I got out of those appointments. Plus I was looking for something different.
Knowledge is power.
A lot of my motivation comes from wanting to set a good example for my daughter (Kaylie). She has my genes and she looks like me, and what I mean there is she has the height, and the weight that I did when I was her age. Kaylie has struggled with tummy issues since birth, which results in constipation. It got worse about age 5 and I took her to see her pediatrician 2-3 times and they just kept pushing me to give her Miralax daily. When it’s really bad they tell me to give her ex-lax too. I want to get to the root of the problem, not just fix a symptom.
What does this have to do with my getting back on track with my own journey? Well a lot; see I put myself on the back burner while being stressed out and upset about trying to find a solution for her. I went to appointments at Seattle Children’s Hospital for nutrition to find a way to help alleviate her constipation issues but they didn’t want to focus on that. They provided me information that I already know and have been doing with her. Between not going to the gym and not eating healthy I was just going down hill fast and this stress of not being able to help my daughter was taking a toll.
A personal trainer, my friend Molly Kautz is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at NewStart Nutrition, and works on finding the root of the problem and addressing it, which in turn should help other things fall into place. She had a promotion going for a free 30 minute consult and I decided to take advantage of it and see what she could do for me. At the time I hadn’t even thought about taking my daughter to see her. I went in we chatted, she told me what she does, asked me some questions, the topic of my daughter came up and I made 2 appointments that day. One for my daughter and one for myself.
I was amazed at the amount of information I learned when I took Kaylie there to see her in just a short amount of time. We have a plan in place and we have started it, it may take time but I truly believe that with Molly’s help Kaylie’s life will truly improve and she will enjoy healthier foods, and more activity! Before we went to see her we documented what she ate for 3 days and how she felt and her mood. I was shocked to see that 95% of the time Kaylie felt icky, or had an upset stomach after eating.
Now it was my turn. My appointment was longer and more extensive. I went in for some different reasons, I don’t have the constipation issues my daughter has, but I do have tummy issues. After chatting and doing some tests to see what we need to address I left NewStart Nutrition with a plan and knowing we were addressing several things; my adrenals, sleep/stress, digestion, blood sugar regulation, and my pituitary. I am also working on 3 things, eliminating energy drinks, stop buying candy/processed sugars, and full fill my sugar cravings with Banana and Almond butter.
I know that both my daughter and I will have success in feeling better since we are addressing the main issues; things like more energy, weight loss, better sleep whatever it may be will all fall into place. Yes I will still have to try, I will still have to get out of bed and go to the gym, I will still have to come up with fun things for Kaylie and I to do at the park or outside to get her more active, but it will be easier because we will be feeling better!
Thanks to NewStart Nutrition I am getting my Restart!