When this year started I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish. My plan included a new website and weekly blogs and newsletters, etc. I was going to focus on my heart’s desire of creating a thriving belly dance business with all the bells and whistles.
There is a saying that if you want to make God/dess laugh, make plans!
2015 turned into a very different year than I had ‘planned’ and I’m very happy and blessed!
This year has been the year of getting my health back, and it feels like a miracle. I loved myself the way I was, but feeling and living in my new body is more amazing than I ever could have imagined. Feeling vigor and vitality and having the energy to make it through the day without passing out from exhaustion is incredible. I feel better than I have in 30 years.
Two years ago I collapsed and in the ensuing months went to many different doctors, a general practitioner, cardiologist, endocrinologist and rheumatologist. I also went to a naturopath. No one could find anything wrong. I sometimes couldn’t even sit and hold my own head up and ended up lying on the floor or on the ground if I was outdoors. I had lots of joint pain, and the worst thing of all was the brain fog. I could barely function and each day it felt like an ordeal to even survive.
I couldn’t work and paid my bills by selling things like tools and other personal possessions, even furniture. It was hell.
On January 11, 2015, I was taking a workshop with the fabulous, Rachel George. About half-way through, I ran out of energy and had to sit out the rest. As I was sitting, I noticed that I no longer had a left ankle. It had become a ‘cankle’ and was as big around as my calf. My foot looked like a mini-zeplin with tiny zeplin toes sticking off of it. I looked at that, and felt something inside of me shift.
I was done!
On January 12, 2015, I stopped eating sugar and most carbs. I went on my version of the Atkins diet and released 25 lbs in the first month. After a month, I had my brain back, had more energy and went from two naps a day to one nap a week.
Now, nine months later, I’ve released 80 pounds! I call it released because I’ve lost weight many times in the past and always found it again and then some. This time, I’m releasing the weight with love and I never want to see it again!
When I danced last weekend, I wore a costume I haven’t worn in more than 30 years! It was exciting and fun, but it isn’t about how I look; it’s about how I feel! I love how I feel and love that I am vital and full of energy and can now do anything I want!
The truth is, I am a recovering sugar addict. As it turns out, sugar is a huge inflammatory, hence a huge decrease in arthritis pain. Not one of the many Drs I went to mentioned this.
I went from barely functioning to vital, from having many debilitating symptoms to being healthy and all simply by changing what I eat.
So, what do I eat? Yummy stuff! On a typical day I eat eggs and bacon or a cheese omelet for breakfast, cashews and a celery stick with peanut butter or ounce of cheese for lunch and protein and veggies for dinner. Plus, I eat lots of fruit and drink lots of water! When I stopped eating sugar, I discovered that fruit is quite delicious! In the past, diets felt like punishment, but this way of eating is something I can maintain for the rest of my life.
I would love it if my experience encourages or inspires women to eliminate sugar, which I now call poison. I would love it if you could feel as wonderful as I do!
The year of 2015 is the year I got my health back, the best thing possible!
How has 2015 treated you so far? I’d love to hear some replies!
Blessings and love to all of you and may your heart’s desires and dreams come true!