Heal your mind; heal your body.

I want to tell you a story from my life about 4 years ago. It was January 2012, and I was in Maui on vacation with friends. One day I woke up and was in quite a bit of pain. My joints hurt – a lot! My ankles were swollen, and I couldn’t lift my arms high enough to tie my bikini top around my neck. I thought I was having a reaction to come antibiotics I was taking. A few days later when I returned home to Canada, I went to the doctor. They ran all sorts of tests and told me “nothing is wrong with you”. For the next 6 months, I endured terrible pain and inflammation in all of my joints. Some days, it hurt so much to walk (to put pressure on my feet). I tried soaking in Epsom salts. I did acupuncture. I did magnetic therapy. I took tinctures from the Naturopath. I spent thousands of dollars trying to cure myself. Then, in June of 2012, I decided to try hypnotherapy. (The session lasted about an hour and cost me only $125.00.) At one point during the session the hypnotherapist asked me to place anything that I needed to let go of in a trunk (the chest/box kind – not the car kind). My ex-husband immediately flashed into my brain. I felt guilty for hurting him. (We had been separated for 7 years, divorced for 6 years by this point in time. He was living in another country, had re-married and was not thinking about me at all I’m sure! Plus, I must mention that...

Be willing to let go of who you think you are; become what you want to be.

“Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there’s still a chance for you? ‘Cause there’s a spark in you, you just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July. ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework. Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth.” -Firework (Katy Perry) 2 days ago I did something that I thought I would NEVER do! My friend and I attended the Beachbody Canada launch in Calgary. That in itself is a milestone for me – just attending a big fitness event…say what?! But the real kicker is that I participated in a group work out with Tony Horton– AND I survived! (even when he came around to correct my form -which in a previous life would have caused me to die from embarrassment! (because I was sweaty, and the expert was pointing out my “flaws”). Honestly though, being sweaty showed that I was actually doing the workout and who better to learn from than Tony himself?) Why exactly is this so shocking you might ask? Well, I spent years telling myself that I wasn’t good at sports, that I was uncoordinated, that I would never be fit, that I couldn’t run, that I was fat – and many other negative stories about my body and physical ability. I have a few friends that are runners, and I always loved the idea of running, but could never actually get into doing it consistently. I used to tell myself I was lazy because of that. I would...

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