Sometimes You Need to Fall Before You Can Fly

Posted December 9, 2015 in self-care, weight gain, weight loss, healthy living, being present, health coaching, meditation, yoga, health coach

Today's post is very personal. But I hope that sharing my journey will inspire, motivate and encourage you to begin putting yourself first for your own health and happiness. So here I go…

I have gained 10 pounds.

As you know from reading this blog, I eat healthy most of the time and indulge occasionally, and I workout most days of the week. So how did this happen?

Well, I am stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed and overworked. Tears are welling in my eyes as I type this. I'm so emotional about writing those words because over the past year I have been trying to do ALL the things, and I'm finally realizing that I can't. 

Working full time, launching a health coaching business, blogging, teaching fitness classes, volunteering for three organizations and making time for my family and friends has caught up with me. 

This is a big part of the reason why I created 12 Days of Self-Care (which starts Saturday). It's because I need it. Although I try to practice self-care daily, I have been ignoring my symptoms of stress in order to get more work done.

And in the process of trying to do all the things, my own health and sanity lost its place in the list of priorities. 

I started to noticed that my clothes were feeling a bit snug, that I have been feeling really tired most days, that I haven't been motivated to work (at any of my jobs) and that I just wanted to be at home in my pajamas on the couch. I also started to feel a lot of self-doubt. 

I finally realized that not wanting to get dressed or leave my house, and my overwhelming feelings of failure meant something needed to change. 

Especially after I wrote this in yesterday's blog post - "Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." - Eleanor Brown.

Hello, I need to practice what I preach. 

So where do I go from here? Honestly, I'm not really sure. I'm realizing all of this just as I committed to teaching seven fitness classes a week for a few weeks, am exploring opportunities with corporate wellness, am launching New Year health coaching discounts, am getting ready to redesign my website and more. 

I feel incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities that I've had in the past year, and the opportunities that I am in the process of cultivating. But I do realize that I need to slow down. 

As a health coach, I always encourage my clients to create action steps to begin working toward their goals. I use this in my own life to accomplish my goals. So I'm setting a few action steps to get myself back on track. 

- Create set office hours each week. This is something my accountability partner suggested to me months and months ago. I don't have specific days or times that I work on health coaching and blogging. I just do it when I can or when I feel like it. My method causes me quite a bit of stress because I don't always get things done, and I feel behind. 

- Make time for daily meditation and yoga. These are two things that make me feel more relaxed, help bring me clarity and make me happier. But these are two things that I haven't been making as much time for.

These may seem like small steps, but I know they will have a big impact on how I feel. My goal is to not have this constant feeling of overwhelm. 

How do you slow down when life gets too busy?

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