Today I am feeling a bit nostalgic.
One year ago today, I went on a journey and I was a bit scared.
I left my home and my family for a month, 30 days to be exact.
I slept in a condo by myself for 30 days; I have never been alone for that long in all my 44 years.
I thought only about myself, my needs, my wants for 30 days.
Quite a gift right? Quite an investment!
I left my home in Saint Louis and traveled to Hilton Head Island where I spent 30 days at H3; to me the happiest place on earth.
My husband gave me this excursion as a gift; a jumpstart to my weight loss program.
I did lose weight, but God also had bigger plans for me.
At first I refused, “God who am I to lead others on their weight loss journey?”
God said: “Who are you not to?”
So, here I am one year later, one year older, living a life I never even imagined. Today, I am sharing what I learned at that Haven called Hilton Head Health Institute:
1. Laughter is the best medicine: I was so blessed to be in the presence of some amazingly uplifting, amusing people. I am tearing up just thinking about all the stories and giggles that we shared.
2. Food is the greatest of healers: I not only experienced the healing nature of wholesome, healthy food, but I watched others heal as well.
3. Try everything: it doesn’t matter if you are good or bad, just try it! I remember being asked to go play tennis. I refused because I knew I wasn’t good. I was pushed into the van and taken to the tennis court where I stunk, but no one cared.
4. Exercise heals the soul. I used to beat myself up for being a slow runner. Now I embrace my abilities. I won’t be winning any races but now I am grateful I can get out there and scoot.
5. The resilience of the body: At Hilton Head I learned to love my body as it is today. I have abused this body for years, yet when I gave it even a little love; it bounced back. Will I win any bikini contest? Heck no! Do I care? Heck no!
6. Alligators: do not go stand by an alligator and get your picture taken; they may just grab the camera and your arm and eat them for breakfast.
7. We can have our cake and eat it too; just in moderation.
8. Eating healthy does not have to be hard. You can eat healthy on the go and cook even when you don’t know how.
9. I am responsible for my journey while my family is responsible for theirs.
10. It all starts with the mindset: persistence, determination, focus and imperfect action.
11. Thermal walks can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit. Thermal walks are a mainstay of H3 and involves taking a 20 minute leisurely walk after a meal. During those walks I was able to listen to my heart, deepen my friendships with others while giving my metabolism an extra OOMPH!
I returned home on October 26; a different woman. That morning I was running and I started to cry. “I don’t want to leave God, I am afraid”.
God said: “You gave it everything you had.” You can continue it at home and I have big plans for you, so get on that plane!”
With that, my ipod fired up “Time for me to Fly” by REO Speedwagon.
I returned home that afternoon; an emerged woman. I busted out of my cocoon and I have dedicated my life to helping other women bust out and live life on their terms.
So, friend; I ask are you ready to bust out of your self-imposed cocoon? Leave me a comment and check the commentluv plug in so that your latest blog post will show.
Have a transformational day!