This will probably be the hardest post I have ever written. I’ve recently embarked on something that I have never done before. I mean, for me, this is a BIG DEAL! For those of you that know me, this might seem strange…for those who have visited here before, you might think that I am completely out in left field. Stick with me though…here’s my story…
I have been on the wildest journey. It didn’t start out that way. From when I was very little, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I love kids and I wanted to make a difference. This feeling was consistent for me throughout my childhood, so when I started college, I knew very well what I wanted to study. I graduated with a BA in English and Certification in Elementary Ed. I started teaching and worked while I got my MS in Reading K-12.
It may be obvious, but I no longer teach…not in the “traditional” sense anyway. The game changer for me, as is with many women, a baby. My oldest was born in 1997 and I knew even before she was born that I wanted to be home with her. I was fortunate in that I could have easily done nothing other than raise her and take care of my home. To say that I was filled with bliss would be an understatement. However, after a short time, I found that I was just sad and lonely. So, I decided that I needed a hobby…that hobby was rubber stamping. I got pretty good at it, too and before long, I was teaching craft classes at my local craft store. The best of both worlds…right? I was home with my daughter and taught nights and weekends.
Fast forward…a few years…a few more crafty skills…and I was officially a professional craft designer who worked directly with craft manufacturers and was an active member of the Craft and Hobby Association. While I enjoyed working from home and crafting all the time, I knew that work-for-hire did not bring consistent income. Any creative gets this….it’s feast or famine. Right?
At this time in my life, I was struggling internally with the fact that I was not self-sufficient. All my life someone had taken care of me. For whatever the reason, that was no longer ok in my eyes. Maybe it was hormones. Or maybe it was the fact that I had daughters to whom I was not only a mother, but a role model. I definitely didn’t want them thinking that they couldn’t take care of themselves financially.
Fast forward again…and here we are at 2013. I have a thriving business where I offer both art and business services for the craft and hobby industry. Obviously…if you’ve spent any time on my blog or networks…social media has become a staple for me. I love it because I believe in the power of community. Of course, I am still very focused on teaching, be it a craft technique or how to leverage social media for your business. At my core and what drives me is helping others.
In addition to this, I co-Publish Bella Crafts Quarterly™, a free digital craft magazine with my colleagues, Ann Butler, Carol Heppner and Lisa Rojas. What I thought would be a slow build has been anything but…for which I am grateful!! So, I actively work two full time jobs. I maintain two websites…run social media for two businesses…art projects…deadlines…team meetings…blog hops, etc etc. Of course, I have my family to take care of and a household to run as well. I am no stranger to 20 hour days. I’m not complaining either. I thrive on this!
As you can imagine…there have been personal consequences to running myself ragged. The big one for me is weight. I am not obese, but I am definitely over-weight. It’s not from over-eating either. Rather, my issue comes from the fact that I practically starve myself. You’d think I’d be a twig! LOL A typical day for me starts with a cup of coffee as I go through my morning routine at home. I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, so I skip it most days. Then, I head down here to my office/studio and I get so focused on what I have to get done that I forget about lunch and often times I don’t even drink water, so I get dehydrated. By 3 or 4 I don’t feel very well, which is no wonder. Right? There have been many days…too many to count, that all I have is dinner. After dinner, I’m back to work. The result of my behavior? I have done nothing less than completely destroy my metabolism. Honestly, it’s no wonder that my body holds onto and stores every calorie I feed it.
I hadn’t really thought about my weight, actually. You see, about 12 years ago, I weighed 230 pounds and was a size 22!! I’m no where near that today, but if I keep doing what I am doing, I’ll end up right back there. What really did it for me was a photo shoot I had a few weeks ago. I needed some new photos for my website, so I scheduled a session with a photographer friend of mine. When I saw the shots, to say I was upset would be putting it mildly. Embarrassed is a good word, too. I was not happy with what I was looking at….me…way too big.
Now, I have never dieted in my life and I certainly am not looking to do so now. For me the key is LIFESTYLE. I will not deny it…I have a very hectic lifestyle. I have no desire to change that. Why would I? It’s who I am and I’m not unhappy! What I am looking to do is enhance my lifestyle…and I am doing so via ViSalus…the creators of the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge.
Whoaaaaaa, Theresa! What?
First of all, if you want to see what challenge I am referring to, you can check out this VIDEO. It’s explains the Challenge.
What I am looking to do is not only drop 20 pounds, but also get my metabolism back on track…which requires me to feed my body. As I have already stated…I’m super busy and I need something that is going to fit into my current lifestyle. ViSalus manufactures a shake mix and other healthy nutritional products. It tastes good and, while I am still not a breakfast person, I don’t mind mixing up a shake and taking it with me. :)
No…I am not starving myself! I am having a shake for breakfast and lunch, eating healthy snacks in between and I have a normal dinner.
Why am I doing this? I need help! I am not too proud to ask for it either. I’m tired of being tired…and I’m tired of abusing my own body the way I have been for so long. So, I’ve jumped in and am raring to go. I also like this product AND I like that this company is on a mission to wipe out childhood obesity.
Even more out there…I am doing this PUBLICLY. That’s right! As I have said, I believe in the power of community. I am part of an amazing community. So, by announcing this and being completely transparent…I am not accountable not only to myself, but to you! I need your help! Are you with me?
I also know that there are people out there that are in the same situation as me. If I can inspire someone else to take control and put stock in themselves….I’m doing it!
Keep an eye out on my social networks…I’ll be sharing my progress. Wish me luck!
I’d love to know YOUR story. Share in the comments…I read every one…and I do answer!