Have you ever felt like you are getting nowhere and you have no idea what to do? Well, that has been me and this weight loss journey for the past year or two. I make a 5 lb progress, then plateau, 5 lb progress, plataue. I work out at least 30 minutes a day, eat healthy, and get no results. I know I am not alone and the point of this is not to rant about being stuck. Over the past 6 weeks, I have been to an MD, gotten blood work, gotten a new nutritionist, and seen a naturopath. I have to say, the best thing I did was see the naturopath. I just went last week, but I already feel like I am on the right path.
Some of you may know, I am a Physical Therapist. PT's are known as being the profession that spends the most time with patients. We spend 30-60 minutes with a person, multiple times a week, and we listen. Well, this was the first time I went to a Dr. and felt heard. We sat down for 80 minutes and talked about my complete history. By the end of it, I had been heard and we had a plan of action going forward. It is nice to feel like you are starting to get to the bottom of things. I won't bore you with the details of me, especially since we are still doing things to figure it out, but I think this is the right path so far. This might be TMI, but a small part is likely that I have been on birth control for 15ish years. Apparently that really messes with your hormones...which guess what...makes it really hard for your body to figure out what to do. So we are working on certain things together to try to get to the bottom of what my body thinks is going on and try to balance it back out. So basically, I am trying anything and everything, but all in natural ways. No secret magic pill, just clean eating, balancing my body, and working out. I continue to believe in this way even though I feel no victories lately.
Hang in there. We all have different things going on and I am not trying to give advice, as is what happens in a lot of groups. People think...this worked for me...you must do this. But I am hear to say that everyone is VERY different. What worked for me 15 years ago and 10 years ago, isn't working anymore, so who am I to say that it will work for you. I can't. My goal is to tell you info about what I am going through in hopes that maybe it resonates with some people to start trying to decode their bodies too. If it's something that sounds up your alley, cool, try it. If not, cool, keep trying things. Something will work eventually! We just need to hang in there!
What keeps people motivated? This is something I have been struggling with on and off for the past few months, however I always end up motivated again each week. For some, motivation comes from family, some it's money, some it's happiness, some it's a goal they have created. I think that it is a mix of all these things for me. Once I lose my motivation, within a few days, I get it back. I think about why I am working towards what I am working on, and ultimately it is to help more people, be happy, be more present for my family, and make more money. So all of these things play a role for me. Human emotions are very complicated and working on my own self, self reflection, is really improving my motivation each week. The past month or so, I have been listening to Jen Sincero's book, You Are A Badass. It has the perfect amount of humor to listen to, but also is very motivating. In summary, take some time to work on your self, and motivation will probably increase. We need to look within ourselves more often, that is my takeaway for the week.
Sorry y'all. Life got in the way of me and this blog. So as some of you may know, I am looking to start my own Physical Therapy (PT) business, online, very soon. In the midst of all that, I got over ambitious. About three months ago, I signed up for some online continuing education courses. Needless to say, it comes to an end today and while I have learned a lot, I was also inundated with things to do. Now that this course has come to an end, I actually have two others that I need to take within the next few months, but I will have more time to complete it in the upcoming months, which means more time to share information with all of you.
Basically, I am sorry for my absence and will be more regular in the future, hopefully. Although I will have an absence for my honeymoon in November, so apologies in advance!
I hope to share more on the online creations I am making in the near future, but for now...it's still in the development stages. More on that to come in the future. But, I am really excited for what the future holds and can't wait to bring all of you in the loop and help as many people as I can!
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.