This post is going to be more than just about spreading the kindness. I am hoping to spread awareness, share information, and possibly even gain some knowledge. First, I have to provide you with a little bit of background information.
*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I turned 43 years old this year. My husband is 36 and my children are 6 and 4. The most important people in my life are much younger than me. My father died at the age of 54. My mother at the age of 57. That is 11 and 14 years older than I am right now. And that scares the hell out of me.
Both of my parents lost their lives to cancer. Preventable cancers. Both could have been much healthier. Neither focused on healthy living nor did they teach me a healthy lifestyle. I was a serious athlete until I graduated from college. Then I just stopped exercising. And I stopped eating well. And I didn’t really give it much thought. Over the past 20 years and through my battle with Bipolar Disorder, I have taken more medications than any person should. I have eaten more garbage food in phases of emotional binging than any person can justify. I have repeatedly joked that I would rather be fat and happy than skinny and hungry. But recently, I have started paying a little more attention to my health wellness. And suddenly these jokes don’t seem all that funny anymore.
Because life is short. And my kids are young. And I am definitely not as healthy as I could be. Medically, mentally, professionally, or financially. I have high blood pressure, acid reflux, and all sorts of allergies. All of which require daily medications. And that does not sit well with me. Frankly, there really is no more time to waste. No more time to ignore. No more time to disregard my health and wellness. So now I am in search of the extraordinary. That extraordinary life that I can be proud of and leave a meaningful legacy behind me. But only after I have lived a very full, a very long, a very healthy second half of my life.
I don’t want to be ordinary. I don’t want to be just another statistic. Just another cancer victim. Just another average person with your typical health related concerns at 43. My 40’s have been the most fabulous decade of my life to date. I feel mentally healthier than I ever have before. I have more confidence. I have more drive. I have more balance. I have more vision and clarity. And I am able to articulate my goals much more clearly now. And I am able to say without shame or embarrassment that I am afraid. So what do I do now?
I am going to start with baby steps. That is a little less intimidating to me. And that’s okay. Some people function better if they make changes full throttle. I have always been a very resilient, adaptable person by nature. But I do need time to acclimate to big changes. So I am going to give myself that time by taking baby steps.
My first goal is to change the horrible, toxic eating habits that go on in my house. For all of us. I am embarrassed to say that my children have a terrible diet. And that is entirely my fault. They eat what I give them. And I give them junk. Because it’s easy. And it became even easier to continue on this path when they would resist a good healthy meal of fresh vegetables. So rather than fight with them, I would cave in and give them mac and cheese. Or Pop Tarts. Or hot dogs. Or breakfast cereal caked in sugar. Seriously, I am so grossed out just typing these things. Disgusted at my own admission that this is what I feed my children. Every. Single. Day. Shame on me.
Over the past few months, the contents of the food that we buy in the grocery store has become so revolting to me to the point that I literally gag at the thought of it. Yet I continue to feed it to my family. And I continue to eat it myself. I put on blinders and keep doing as I have always done. Because it’s easy. But good things don’t always come from doing it the easy way.
So last week, I met with my friend Lisa and she introduced me to some natural products that she has been using for the last two decades. Products that have made her healthier, wealthier, and wiser. I expressed all of my personal concerns with her and she enthusiastically offered me so much helpful information about all natural meal replacement products, vitamins, supplements, skin care, and cleaning products. Products that I am willing to give a try. Products that can improve my life and the wellness of my family. Products that very well may have the potential of creating that extraordinary life that I am seeking.
I have never been one to buy into the next big fad so I am definitely not going to feed anything of that sort to you. Actually, I am not really going to feed you anything. I don’t even have that much information for you because I am only just learning myself. But right now, at this very important crossroad in my life, I am willing to take a leap of faith and listen to a trusted friend. In fact, put my willingness aside, this is necessary for me to find my way to a healthier lifestyle. I am open-minded to trying new things. Because the old things simply are not working.
Lisa and her husband William are health and wellness consultants and independent distributors of Shaklee products. Their personal motto is “Helping Ordinary People Lead Extraordinary Lives”. I want an extraordinary life. For myself and for my family. My husband retires from a 20 year career in the Army in less than 2 years and that is a daunting change that recently has made me feel like I am suffocating. We need to act and we need to act soon. I am starting with my health and the wellness of my family. I am not sure exactly what steps I am going to take yet. But I have been trying the Vanilla Life Energizing Shake as a meal replacement for my breakfast. I add one cup of 2% milk and a frozen banana and mix it in the blender. I actually really do enjoy the consistency and the flavor and I am not hungry at all until lunch time. I also have been taking two Vita-Lea® high potency multivitamin and multimineral tablets every morning. It has only been a few days, so stay tuned and I will let you know the results.
Not only am I going to be making some major changes in our grocery shopping and cooking habits, but I am going to look into what Shaklee has to offer for supplements and vitamins for my entire family. Their Healthy Home Cleaning Products are at the top of my wish list. My little guy has very severe outbreaks of eczema that quickly become infected. I can’t even tell you how many different topical creams the doctor has prescribed. And I have been blindly and without question applying this crap to my 4 year old’s tender skin. I have seen no results. Another example of how the old way simply is not working. We need a new, healthier way. And I really believe that a change in our cleaning and laundry products may be the answer. I will keep you posted on that as well.
There is so much more I could share with you today, but this post has reached a very lengthy word count. I will have more to share with you in the future about the mission of this company and the impact they have already made on so many lives around the world. If you are impatient like me and want to know more now, you can visit Lisa and William’s page of Endless Possibilities. You can also read more about the Shaklee mission here.
I am open to any suggestions that you may have regarding improving the health and wellness of my family. Please keep in mind that these are drastic changes in our lifestyles and the journey we are about to embark on can be a little frightening. So please be kind and supportive with your words. I want to make a difference, see a difference, and find the extraordinary.
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