Live Your Best Life

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses, no one to lean on, rely on, or blame. Your life is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.”–Bob Moawad


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july 2015                  feb 2016

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july 2015                                                                          march 2016

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This post has been a long time coming. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write about but keep putting off. I’ve written about my “happiness journey” multiple times on here but now it’s time to take it a bit further.

The main ingredient missing in my “happiness journey” was loving myself. Once you begin to love yourself, your life will forever change.

My weight has always and will always be something that I struggle with. I remember at 10 years old, I was complaining about my body.TEN YEARS OLD. My main struggle began during college when I began my unhealthy lifestyle (drinking alcohol, eating junk food, stress-eating, etc.). At one point, I was so fed up that I started going to a personal trainer and found myself working out all the time and actually trying to eat healthier and nothing would change. Eventually after a numerous amount of blood tests, they found I was insulin resistance.

insulin resistance: is generally regarded as a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. The body produces insulin. When the body produces insulin under conditions of insulin resistance, the cells in the body are resistant to the insulin and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to high blood sugar. 

This along with my unhealthy habits was making it hard for me to stay in shape. I tackled it for a while and followed the strict diet I was given….until I didn’t. This went on for years. My life became a constant yo-yo diet. I would try any diet out there that promised fast weight loss. I would lose weight fast and put it on even faster. NOT HEALTHY.

It wasn’t until last year that I finally did my own research and became extremely motivated to change my life. I was the most unhappy with myself I had ever been. I was at the biggest I had ever been as well. I found myself never wanting to take pictures or go out anymore. I would constantly make up excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t go somewhere. When I did go out, I found myself drinking more than usual. I was trying to cover up my sadness…when it really brought out even more sadness in me. I had lost my zest for life. I wasn’t my happy go lucky self. I honestly hated the person that I had become. I would just stand in the mirror and cry. I didn’t recognize myself anymore.

I reached the point in my life {at age 27} where I said to myself, “I can keep making excuses and feel sorry for myself or I can take control of my life and live my best life.”  We only have one life to live and I was just wasting it. When you are not happy with yourself, you genuinely can’t be happy at all. I felt like I was living a constant lie. I acted as though everything was butterflies and rainbows when in fact, it was cockroaches and storms (I HATE cockroaches).

August 2015 was when I was finally ready to make the change. I wanted to start from scratch and figure out what foods were for me and which weren’t. This began my 60 day “clean eating” cleanse //no sugars, carbs, dairy, alcohol//– I know I mentioned above that I was done with yo-yo dieting, so I just want to make it clear that this “cleanse” was not a yo-yo diet; it was for me to reset my palette and figure out the foods that did not agree with my body. Once I was done with the 60 days, I slowly added things back into my diet and figured out which foods were considered toxic for me. *I highly recommend the blood type diet–Eat Right For Your Type // it tells you what foods are highly beneficial for you, neutral and toxic according to your blood type. All things it listed for my blood type (A) as toxic were true. Find out what foods and exercises work for YOU because all of our bodies are different. 

Once I got my diet (lifestyle change) under control, I began my fitness journey. I decided I wanted to run a half marathon so I started the training process. I like to have an end goal for everything– it keeps me motivated and challenges me. I completed the PF Changs Rock and Roll Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) in January followed by Run the Runway 10k and lastly, Pat’s Run 4.2 miles. 3 races under my belt in 2016 already– feels amazing. I never thought my body was able to do these types of things. And if you thought the same thing about yours, you’ll be amazed that you most certainly can do it. I’ve never been a runner nor have I really ever liked to run but now, I consider myself a runner and I actually enjoy running (when it’s not 800 degrees outside).

This journey has taught me so much about myself. I finally freed myself of self-hatred and doubt. I learned to love who I was and embrace life. With my confidence back, it gave me the courage to start my own blog which led to my monthly beauty column in So Scottsdale! Magazine. Life has truly been nothing short of amazing. It really is incredible how much your life will change as soon as you make the change. Live your best life and I promise you wont regret it.

Things I got back:

confidence
zest for life
passion
health
energy
freedom
MY LIFE

Find something you love and hold on to it. 

left to right:

pf changs rock & roll 1/2 marathon, run the runway 10k, pat’s run 4.2

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