We all fall down sometimes -- all of us....even the professionals. The difference between you falling down and the pros? We usually don't talk about our falls. We are the motivators, role models, and teachers. We are invincible. Right? Wrong! The truth is that we all fall down!
Last year I started an amazing new business venture: Reshaping Nutrition. I developed a weight loss class, taught cooking classes, participated in more networking events than I can remember, handed out information at health fairs, spoke at Johnson & Johnson and other large corporate companies, and finished the year by winning two incredible awards: The American Heart Association's Lifestyle Change Award and the PV Chamber Small Business Star Award. My year was incredible! And my Reshaping Nutrition journey and successes continue. However, my crazy schedule, lack of personal planning, non-stop networking events with lots of food and wine, and blatant laziness have gotten the best of me and my weight.
I have kept this information to myself (and Fay) for the past few months. I didn't want people to look at me, or my business, as a failure. I suppose I figured that things would just fall into place at some point and the weight gained would come back off on its own. But I forgot one important thing -- healthy living takes work, determination, and balance long after a goal weight is reached. It's a lifetime commitment. You can't only motivate and help others...you have to do the same for yourself. I spent the past year loving my business, my clients, my wife, and my friends, but I forgot to love the most important person...me!
As a pro, we hold the world on our shoulders. The reality is that giving advice, teaching, and motivating others can often be exhausting. We often give more of ourselves than we give to ourselves. Personally, I do this because I love to help others. I help for the "aha moments"....the "I get it" moments....the "I'm so proud of myself" moments. I am often so proud of my clients and their successes that I get goosebumps, because I KNOW how good that success feels from personal experience. Still, there are days when I wake up and need motivation myself. Whether it is due to an achy back or body, PMS, general laziness, or whatever else. Just like you, I too need a boost every now and then.
Why do I share this? So you know that we are not invincible and that you are not alone. I want you to know that when you have a bad day, we are having them too. When you have a year where you just want to give up on your health, we've been there too. When you have a moment of indulgence and have no interest in getting back on track the next moment, we get it, because you are right...the chocolate does look better than the broccoli. When you don't want to go back to the gym, because you are afraid of a back injury again, we have similar fears. When you don't want to go clothes shopping, because you can't stand the number on the tag, we feel the same way. We are sucking in our bellies to fit into our current pants, even though we can't breathe or sit, hoping you don't notice.
However, WE CANNOT GIVE UP!! None of us....not you, not me, not us...nobody! We owe it to ourselves to love ourselves more than yesterday. We owe it to ourselves to share our highs and lows. We owe it to ourselves to help and motivate each other. We are in this together for the long haul...the entire journey. I will not give up on any of you...and I make a commitment to myself not to give up on myself either.
Earlier today, I went upstairs to take a shower and get dressed. Before doing so, I decided to step on the scale. The number shocked me: 173 lbs!! Yes...there it is -- out in the open for all to see...even my clients. I looked at the number for a moment and thought, "You are 4 lbs away from being less than 100 lbs down. You are walking a slippery slope. You cannot do this to yourself. You will be out of a job, you will let all of your clients down, and most importantly, you will let YOU down if you continue in this direction. You need to start loving yourself again!!" As I reached for the shower handle to drown out the sounds of my internal voice with running water, I yelled out loud to myself, "turn that water off...get on your workout clothes...and get to a gym NOW!" And so I did!
After avoiding exercise for nearly two years, for fear of reinjuring my back, I joined a local gym. I even signed up for a one-year commitment plan. I let my fears go today and got back on that treadmill. It felt empowering to move again. I even pushed the speed up to a light jog for a short while. Then I enjoyed a 15 minute stretch. I rewarded myself with the hydro massage afterward, instead of the chocolate.
I am excited to feel recharged. Tomorrow, I will work on my break-up plan. I'm breaking up with the foods that are toxic to my life and adding back in the foods that love me as much as I do. I hope you will all do the same.
It's March 26th and I'm sitting in my bedroom staring out the back window looking at a field covered in snow. SNOW! I tried to bring back the warm weather from Florida last week, but obviously failed. Oh well. At least the snow is pretty to look at and will be long gone by the weekend. Until then, I will keep my mind occupied with more important things...like Reshaping Nutrition!
It's official. I am a business owner! I submitted my LLC paperwork to form my own official company, set up a business bank account, and opened a business credit card. After lots of back and forth and online votes, the logo is in the works and the website will be updated shortly to reflect those changes. I am ecstatic! I realized that I didn't need an RD to do what I do best -- teach people the HOW of eating healthier and living a more fulfilling life.
Our medical system often baffles me. Don't get me wrong...there are many amazing doctors out there doing wonderful things with science, food, and medicine. In fact, my friend, Dr. Ana Negron, is one of the most forward-thinking family doctor's I know. However, many of the doctors I meet tell patients to lose weight, go on a diet, eat less sodium, exercise, reduce carbohydrate intake, and when all else fails -- take medication. Then these patients read articles about GMO's, organic food, the effects of soy, juicing vs smoothies, paleo vs vegan, the Virgin Diet...the list continues. By the time they're done speaking to our medical team and listening to Dr. Oz, they are so confused that they don't know where to start and HOW to move forward. Their already poor relationship with food is made even worse. Nobody addresses the HOW to change, or deals with more important issues like what is getting in the way of change. Dietitians are typically more equipped to handle these patients, but I still feel like there is usually a piece missing -- the piece that teaches people HOW to cook, HOW to shop, HOW to find creative outlets to fill the void that food fills, HOW to look in a mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are regardless of your size, and HOW to improve that food relationship.
This is where Reshaping Nutrition comes in. I wanted to start a company that focuses on the bigger picture...not just counting calories, making food recommendations, and telling people that they need to lose weight to lower blood pressure and avoid Diabetes. Rather, I want to motivate people to change, while meeting them where they are. I want to educate people on HOW to take the steps to move forward, especially when all of the information received is overwhelming. I want to show people HOW to get the nutrients they need, using plant-based recipes, without using supplements (unless medically necessary). I want to teach people HOW to use the simplest forms of food to create delicious and healthy recipes. I also want to work with corporate companies to improve employee wellness programs and events, because healthy employees mean happy and more productive employees.
Reshaping Nutrition will offer a variety of services, especially in the corporate setting. We will offer motivational speaking events, grocery store tours, cooking demos, cooking parties, one-on-one motivation/wellness consultations, lunch-n-learns, recipe reshapes, and more!
My big goal at the end of this journey is to teach people HOW to love food again and not fear it. Food is not only meant to nourish our bodies, it is also meant to be enjoyed in it's purest and most natural form...without the additives and chemicals. For more information on my services, please check out the services tab on Reshaping Nutrition.
"I have taken several of Rachel's workshops! All of them have been educational, challenging and enjoyable. The most recent "Reshaping You" workshop has helped me with my mental, emotional and physical aspects of becoming healthier! Rachel is a great motivator! Thanks!" - C.K.
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