Have you ever felt if people saw the real you, they wouldn’t want to stick around?
The emotional ups and downs.
The internal struggles.
The amount of hours spent laying on the couch watching Netflix.
The credit card balance that continues to rise month after month.
The relationship that haunts you behind closed doors.
The box of Oreos hidden beside your bed.
How could anyone see all of this and choose to stay?
It’s a scary question. And many times our response is to run – run to the things that for the moment counter the voices whispering, “You’re not good enough.” “How dare you?” “Who do you think you are?” The places to run are endless and come with vices for everyone – social media likes and follows, food, the rat race, the perfect image, shopping, alcohol, drugs, relationships, busyness, Netflix…the list can go on and on. These feelings are so common, but at the end of the day I can’t help but ask,
“Is there a better way?”
What if you could connect with others more easily?
Accept yourself more fully?
Embrace your strength regardless of your past?
Be excited and joyful about your life and what is possible?
So often when we talk about health, we compartmentalize. We focus on one aspect – we go to the gym to fix our physical health; a counselor or the self-help section for our emotional health; church or religion for our spiritual health. These avenues are not bad, but they fail to address the most foundational piece of healing and moving forward – it’s all connected, making a holistic approach to healing critical.
Weight is simply a natural barrier to what’s happening on the inside. Emotional pain manifests itself in different areas of our bodies, and when not dealt with wreaks havoc on our physical health. Spiritual battles can leave us feeling physically and emotionally exhausted when we’ve done nothing but battle internally. If we want to find true healing and move from the darkness to living in light, we must be willing to seek healing across the board – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Two years ago, I had reached the heaviest I had been in my life. Physically, I was exhausted, battled migraines weekly, had low energy, and felt both apathetic and discontent with who I was becoming. Emotionally, I was weary and broken from the emotional rollercoaster I was on of not measuring up, not being good enough, and promised a future that was quickly ripped out of my hands by my significant other. I will never forget sitting across from him on the couch, staring at the man who so frequently told me how deeply he loved me, and have him look me in the eyes and say, “You’re not good enough for me. I don’t want you, and I don’t want this. I’m leaving.” It came so far out of left field, I didn’t know which way was up and I sat there wondering how I would ever move forward. Then a still, small voice resonated in my head and my heart, “Katie, your deepest fears were being fully known and loved and not being good enough. It just happened, and you’re fine. Let’s move forward together.” This was the catalyst for my journey and as I began finding my voice and finding my way, I realized I was passionate about helping others discover this freedom and live a new life also.
Reclaiming my physical health reminded me of the strength within me, and it gave me a resolve to keep fighting emotionally for the freedom I desperately wanted. As my outlook on life changed, my weight also changed – in addition to shedding the anxiety, doubt, fear, depression, and self-defeating attitudes, the burden of the extra physical weight I had been carrying was also shed. These changes opened the space for me to continue exploring my spirituality and reconnect with God and my faith on a deeper level. I experienced God and I constantly received his promised blessings – how could I not walk forward trusting him?
If this is resonating with you, I invite you to join me on this journey. Learn how to accept yourself more fully and heal all aspects of your health – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. TO kick off 2017, I’m running a special to receive $50 off my twelve-week curriculum, The Life I Now Live (promo code NEWYEAR). Join the many others who have taken this leap of faith and discover for yourself the freedom and wholeness that comes through reclaiming your whole self: mind, body and spirit.