I used to try all the diets, which never worked long-term. Because they were boring and restrictive, they offered no flexibility for my family so we had to have different meals. My hubby worked shift work so eating meals together was precious time. Unfortunately, we still didn’t enjoy it fully because whether we ate the same or different foods, one of us felt deprived.
On top of all of that, I honestly didn’t even feel good on these diets! My energy was low, my digestion was messed up, and still I trudged on in the name of “health.” That’s ironic, right? Because I sure didn’t feel healthy.
In our society, living that way is the norm for women. Talking about what you’re NOT eating is standard mealtime procedure, and talking yourself down for being “bad” seems to be required as you eat dessert.
I finally decided, no more. There’s more to life than obsessing about my diet and my weight. There’s no joy in that. We as women shouldn’t be forced to choose between being on a diet or feeling guilty for eating, EVEN if we’d like to lose weight.
If you’ve ever felt any of these, I have something to share with you.
I’m sure you’ve already tried all the diets, fads, and extreme exercise programs. You tell yourself if you just had a little more willpower, if you were just more committed, or if you just dig a little deeper, maybe next time it’ll work. . .
The good news is – it’s NOT about willpower! And you (yes, YOU) can succeed at this whole healthy lifestyle thing.
But before that, let me tell you how I ended up here. . .
I had not taken good care of myself in my early twenties, it wasn’t on purpose. I thought that I was doing the right things, because “skinny = healthy” right? So I severely restricted my eating while working out hard every single day, even though I had several injuries that would often get aggravated by the exercises. Then I’d gain some weight back and get frustrated. This pattern continued for years.
Fast forward to me having two little ones in my early 30s, and I didn’t feel like myself. I honestly believed that this was just a part of motherhood and aging. I had low energy and digestive problems. My struggles seeped into my mindset too – I was anxious, easily angered, and I felt all alone in it. I had everything that I had wanted, and yet, I was still feeling unhappy. I LOVE my family, there was no problem with my relationships, and I knew that, which led to guilt for even having these feelings of dissatisfaction.
But that’s how I felt nonetheless.
When I was pregnant with my third child, everything just continued to get harder for me. At my most uncomfortable point, I spent several days lying on the floor with back pain, and I thought to myself. I can’t continue this way, I can’t live my life like this.
Finally, I discovered that I had a few different causes to my discomfort. All of the pain I’d been feeling in my joints, was mostly due to chronic dehydration. My low energy was from being undernourished. My body just didn’t have what it needed to thrive. It wasn’t about how much I was eating as I had always thought, but actually WHAT I was eating.
I began to hydrate properly, and in the Texas climate, that meant often adding mineral salts to my water. I also started to exercise more intelligently. Movement was no longer about burning as many calories as possible, but about making sure that my body functioned at its best so that I could handle all of my housework with ease. Quality nutrition meant that I could get all of my daily tasks done and still have energy to love on my kids.
Now, I have a fourth baby, and I‘m happy to say that my entire pregnancy and recovery was the easiest I’ve ever had. I’m calmer and can joyfully (most of the time 😉) manage my home, homeschool my older kids, run my business, spend time with my husband, AND take great care of myself. I’ve even started growing my own vegetables! I would’ve never predicted my journey would lead me here, but I love where I am now.
It’s easy to brush this off and think, “I don’t have time to change my lifestyle right now. I’ve just got too much on my plate at the moment.” Let me ask you this: when? If you’re honest, it simply won’t happen if you don’t make it happen. You don’t have to suffer in silence, we weren’t called to make ourselves miserable.
So often we as women and mothers (even if your kids are grown) think that we have to be serving others at all times. And while I applaud your servant heart, at some point, you need to take care of your own needs so that you don’t get burnt out, bitter, and resentful.
We’re not talking about spa weekends here, we’re talking about you doing what you need so that you can be the best version of you for everyone that you love. You simply can’t give your best when you’re tired, frustrated, and moody.
Are you ready to know how you can change your life too?
Thrive is designed to help you gradually shift your entire lifestyle. “Gradually” is the key word here. You work on ONE, just one, simple habit change for two weeks. At first, you may think that it seems too easy and can’t possibly be effective. But trust me, within a few months, those habits will begin to stack and the results will snowball.
You’ll be feeling better and better, and the whole process is completely manageable no matter your current life situation. In fact, Thrive is designed specifically for you, the busy woman, so that it won’t take up too much of your precious time.
The entire program runs for a year, but we’ve divided it into four parts (purchased separately) lasting 12 weeks each. This is so that you don’t have to stress about the length of commitment. Each part focuses on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle, which we choose based on your present needs and preferences.
I’ve been there, too. I know how hopeless you feel, but more importantly, I know what’s possible for you. I’ve spent years studying and learning how to help others just like you achieve the lifestyle that you desire.
I am trained as a yoga teacher (200-RYT) and a women’s corrective exercise specialist. I am also certified as a health coach through Dr. Sears and a nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition.
I combine my personal experience with my professional training to help you get the best results possible in a way that fits your life. And don’t be concerned if you’re not ready to jump into growing your own vegetables yet. I want what’s best for you, and that’s going to be different than what’s best for me.
Santé offers a full refund within 30 days so that you don’t have to worry about whether or not this is the best fit for you. We offer this because we’re completely confident in our process. We simply need to see that you’ve completed the written activities and the self-assessments, and you’ve attended two coaching sessions.
No, because everyone has different types of movement that they enjoy. You can continue or select one yourself, or I can recommend simple plans to follow.
We strongly believe that you’ll get bored and feel restricted on meal plans after a few weeks. So Thrive does not have meal plans, and the program is based around portions and quality real food that matches your preferences. We want you set for the rest of your life, and you can’t live the rest of your life on a specified meal plan.
Thrive is based on habit changes. This means that you’ll only be adjusting one element of your meals at a time. You’re free to do this in whatever way suits you. For example, if you’re working on adding fruit to your day, it’s up to you whether you choose a peach or a pineapple. This flexibility is what makes Thrive so sustainable.
Thrive is not designed as a weight-loss program, although it is very common to lose weight as you adopt these healthy habits. Having said that, our program is backwards from what you typically see in diets. Most of the time, you lose a lot right at first, and gradually less as your body adjusts to the meal plan and you get bored and have trouble sticking to it.
Since you’ll be working on one habit at a time, initial weight loss will usually not be fast, but as you add more and more healthy habits into your life, you’ll find that weight loss can continue or sometimes accelerate throughout the program. And you’ll never have to feel like you’re working crazy hard, you just have to be patient.
Thrive is based on habit changes, not a specific set of diet and exercise protocols. Therefore, you can adapt it to however you want to live. You’ll learn how to build your healthy life around your favorite flavors and activities. A meal plan or diet should never run your life.
Still have any questions? Schedule a 30-minute call with me, and I can answer all of your questions!