My name is Judy and I am the mother of two amazing young-adult women (Kristen and Kellie) and married to my soul mate (Mike). In our early married life Mike and I both struggled with health issues, weight problems and both worked 60+ hours a week at our demanding jobs. It felt like we were on this big rocket ship and someone else was pushing the controls. We ate out a lot, and exercising just did not seem to find its place in our crazy, hectic schedules.
As you might expect our unhealthy habits finally took a very serious toll on my body. After months and I mean MONTHS of many doctor visits with no answers and lots of frustration on my end it was finally confirmed I had developed an autoimmune condition. This was many years ago and there was not a lot of information out there on what an autoimmune condition was, all I remember was being really scared. Now what?
Here is where the really sad story starts. There was only TWO options according to the doctor. I can still remember the day clearly.
Option 1- Start self-injecting a seriously intense medication (methotrexate) every week
Option 2- Do nothing and be in a wheelchair by the age 40!!! (I was 34 at the time)
This decision was not easy but it did not take us long. I was too young and too scared to even think about being in a wheelchair the rest of my life. We picked option 1. (sadly nutrition was not a word that was even discussed)
I did this for about 3 months and indeed my joints felt better, not great but better but at what costs????? I hated self-injecting myself, I hated the way it made me feel and I hated the control it took over my life. I could not keep doing this, I knew something had to change. I can remember this day like it was yesterday. I was injecting the yellow sappy looking medicine into my hip and I just had an AHA moment and said out loud “NO MORE” It was that day that I decided to put myself in the driver seat and NEVER give anyone or anything control over my health again. I went into full research mode- it was game on time.
Hence our healthy living journey began. There was ups and downs and lots of inbetweens but the good news was there was way more ups than anything and that was enough to make me a believer. I did not know all of the answers then and I do not know the all answers now but what I do know is that you have to start somewhere. You have to decide it’s time to take charge. Once of the first things I teach my clients is to tune into their own bodies. Our bodies are always talking to us we just forget to listen. We get caught up in all the internet noise that thinks it has the answers or what worked for our neighbors and friends. Our bodies are all different and once we take the time to slow down and listen to the clues we often find our answers. I do not care if you are trying to drop some pounds, clean up your diet, reduce the stress in your life what I want everyone to know is that YOU CAN GET THERE. There is no magic sauce, it takes patience, baby steps and tons of support but you can get there.
Today I am so thankful for the above health experience. It is this experience that has lead me down my new path. This path that has led me to a whole new world that has served me well. My friends love to tease me. They call me “The Healthy Nut”! Learning does not have to be boring. I embrace each day with the attitude of living life to its fullest. I want to spend my time, laughing, loving and learning. I am excited to share what I have learned with each of you. I believe my background and life experiences have all happened for a reason. I would love the opportunity to see if I can help you discover a new path. Better health and balance is available to all of us. Sometimes we just need a little help to see the path. I would love to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with you to see if we would be a good match to work together. Please reach out to me with the contact form at the top of my site. Tell me you would like to schedule a free 15 mnute call and we will make it happen.
You CAN achieve optimal health. Let me guide you.