Part One of Two
Sometimes, moms can wear themselves out and they rarely take the time to take care of themselves. As little girls we have dreams of our prince in shining white armor and a fairy tale life. We finish school and then life seems to take a turn. One by one our dreams get set aside and hopes dwindle. We reach that ‘certain age’ and life seems to be a big challenge.
By the time I reached 50, I had achieved success as an author (published 15 books), media guest (over 1,000 shows), naturopathic doctor (working with over 20,000 clients from around the world in our clinic) and was the master of a perfect diet and supplements.
You would think I would be the picture of health and joy. In truth, I was a tired old woman who looked older than 50. I was tired of taking care of everyone else and had no idea what to do differently. How could I have created this ‘old woman’ when I knew so much and worked so hard?
Taking care of others can be exhausting.
The key is in the last sentence. Hard work and knowledge will not create a life of joy or the energy to enjoy life. In fact, it does the opposite.
Today, at 57, I’ve lost 40 pounds, lost 3 sizes in jeans (size 14 to a comfortable 8 and usually a 6), eliminated hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and have friends amazed at the “fun woman” I’ve become. My life is filled with more joy, fruit and hope than ever before. I enjoy my life, my family, my friends and my opportunities.
What allowed that change? Three simple steps have changed my life.
1. I learned to say ‘no’ and take care of me. The scripture, “love your neighbor as yourself” is true. You can’t love others more than you love yourself.
2. I honestly acknowledged what I wanted to create. I got honest and acknowledged I wanted a fit body and to be free of debt with health and financial margins. I wanted it more than my comfort zone and was willing to do what it took to make the changes . .. with balance!
3. I created a game plan to move me toward what I wanted. Once you set that game plan in place, just know that the ‘program’s that have kept you stuck will show up. Guaranteed!! You must have a support team who cares about you creating your desire more than keeping you comfortable in your mess!
A big nonna hug to Dr. Cheryl Townsley for guest blogging:
Dr. Cheryl Townsley is a nationally recognized media personality, author and speaker. She has authored 15 books on health and wellness and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. For 15 years, Dr. Cheryl and her husband Forest ran a million dollar a year wellness clinic with over 20,000 clients from around the world.
At the age of 50, Dr. Cheryl recognized the professional stress was too expensive to her own health, her family, and their lifestyle. She and her husband closed the clinic to pursue learning how to let life be easy and balanced while still creating health. Today they are able to empower more people through coaching and mentoring while also enjoying their lives with ease and balance.
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