Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to you!
I received an SMS from Vivienne this morning reminding me that today is a good day to start posting my article which I wrote for this website a couple of months ago. She had been on my case to start posting but I had been putting it off with a whole bunch of excuses. So here I am on the first day of 2008 having told her that I would. I consider this a success as I am as computer un-savvy as one can get!
Anyway, I started to do it but instead, I would like to do something else. As I am new to this community, it would be more appropriate for me to introduce myself and perhaps share how and why I made a conscious decision to be well and healthy.
You see, I got into the health industry rather accidentally having been retrenched from my job in 2001. Back then, I did not give two hoots about health and I looked and felt it. I was fat, unfit and unhealthy. I could not even run across the road if a bus was coming at me to save my life. But, of course, I did not do anything about it. Instead, I got depressed and ate some more. Things got a bit serious when I started having pains in my knees and needed help climbing the stairs. At 42, I was behaving like an old lady. The doctors could not help me but suggested I lost some weight.
Lost weight, I did. In six months I lost about 10 kg and since I was so good at it, I decided to train to become a personal trainer and use myself as a testimonial. After all, I had nothing to lose and exercising made me feel good. The more results I gained, the more motivated I was to achieve my goal. Business was good but I was losing my health. I worked 16 hour days having committed to the Sports Council to do sports massage for our national athletes in addition to doing my own personal training and massage business. I did not have any quality of life and I started getting ill. This had to stop.
It’s all about having balance in my life. Once I got that right, things started to change. I reduced the workload and started researching health and wellness. The concept of prevention was never ever in my mind when I approached health. I had to have a problem so I can fix it. That thinking has totally changed and I am so happy and grateful that I got my health back. I am now fully committed to helping other people who have these challenges in their lives. Looks like I am meant to be writing here. I hope I will be able to inspire some folks to re-think their health and wellness concerns.
Stay well and be happy! 🙂