2012 has been the most challenging and incredible year of my life. I've been reflecting back a year ago to Christmas 2011. I will admit that I wasn't very happy with myself. It was my 39th Christmas and I suppose I was wrestling with the fear of reaching age 40 and being disappointed with my life. I know that sounds a bit harsh but that was where my mind was.
I wanted to reach my birthday in April and well I guess feel happy and content. I mean that is what many of us are searching for in life. January 2012 arrived and I knew that I had to make changes. I was slightly overweight and I felt like I was in my late 40's health wise. Right before I went up to Washington in February to see my mother who was sick I made a headstrong decision to change my diet.
Now as many of you know, I eat an overall organic wholefoods diet. But I still had many "healthy" processed foods in my meals and I was addicted to gluten free chocolate chip cookies. For some reason soon turning 40 gave me the determination to stop eating this way. I cleared out the cupboards of anything processed food (for the most part) and anything with ingredients that didn't include whole foods.I wanted to pronounce everything that went into my body which mean reading every food label.
I followed many of the food suggestions from Mark Hyman's books and began to eat nutrient dense foods like avocados, olives, smoothies, and quinoa. I continued to drink my cold press coffee with half and half because I didn't want to feel deprived. The second I feel deprived I start devouring cupcakes and frosting by the truckload.
I also began an intimate relationship with my treadmill. I am not a fan of exercising. I find it incredibly dull and soul sucking. So I started listening to podcast about health and this changed my perception of exercise. I actually looked forward to working out.
The numbers on the scale began to fall.
Yet what I noticed from my change in diet was something that I never expected.
I began to feel younger.
And I went from being an introvert to being able to actually talk to people. And not only talk to them but throw in some wit for good measure. My overall shyness dissipated.
April 17th arrived, I turned 40 and I felt incredible. Just like I had wished to feel back in January. I had lost probably 10 or so pounds, was feeling like I was in my 30's and I had the ability to communicate with strangers on a level that I had never experienced before.
Not only that, but my brain changed. I was suddenly able to retain information better. Names of people that I would meet, stuck. With all of these processed foods gone from my diet, it was as if my brain was cleaner and could work properly.
Summer was still very hard with my mother passing. I experienced a depression which took some time to lift.
Through the year there were new friendships created that I couldn't have survived the year without.
I lost over 20 pounds in all which is a lot to a 5'1" size body. I have practically replaced every piece of clothing in my closet with newly thrifted smaller clothes. My two favorite consignment stores for my new wardrobe are Launch in Sebastopol and Zoe and Kids Exchange in Petaluma. For the first time ever, I can actually wear Anthropologie brands that fit well. It was very strange to discover this alternative style of clothing six years ago only to have a body that couldn't fit in them properly. And I'll even admit that gaining the weight was worth it because now I can really appreciate my smaller body. Really, really appreciate what I have. I still have some pounds to lose and work to do which I'll start on in January. The key to my diet was not feeling restricted. I never ate less food. In fact, sometimes I felt that I ate more food, it was just healthier, nutrient dense food.
What I also learned this year is the power of your mind. I truly set my goal on being healthier and this gave me the will power to change everything. And when you change your life, it sets all of these ripples in motion. I lost weight, felt healthier, my self esteem raised, I attracted the right people into my life and my business took off in directions that I never thought possible.
I've shared on ATG for years the power of wishes. I so believe in not only making wishes, but believing in them and making them your reality. In January when Dave asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I answered "a house." We received the keys the day after my birthday in April. It is amazing what you can achieve in your life when you wish for it.
On that magical note, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I can't wait for 2013. I have so many plans for my ReSelling business, for this blog and for you. It's going to be an incredible year and I look forward to sharing it all with you.