It takes courage to make lifestyle changes and faith to overcome our obstacles. My hope is that by sharing my personal and professional experiences with you, we can both be courageous in our journeys of faith and fitness!

Gettin’ Naked Series: I’ll Tell You What’s Hard

Whoosh! Bzzzzz! Whirrrrr! Vrooom! Click, click, click, click! Thunk. That’s the sound of time zipping by, my brain rolling as I’ve been researching and learning, life continuing to be busy with my fam, online world and then the sound of my head hitting the pillow at night. I’ve not blogged because mama’s been busy!

I haven’t stopped progress in my health journey, it’s just taken an unexpected turn. I’ve realized something about my health journey in the last 5 years especially and some of you may relate. The more people I have in my family, the more obligations and responsibilities I have, the more events, meetings, commitments fill my time and the more people that fill my heart, I have to be careful not to take on too many things. I’d rather be great at one thing than mediocre at a lot of things. Naturally, this leads me to times of being more “into” the exercise part of my journey and times of being more “into” the nutrition part of my journey. If ever they become more important than the health of my soul, I’m WAY out of whack. There are times when I feel like I have focus in all areas, but those tend to be times I am not in “learning mode”, but more on cruise control, just doing what I know to do.

I’ve talked about my personal life a little more in the blog posts I’ve written in the last 5 months. You may have gotten a piece of it here and there, but to simply say this has been a “learning” year is an understatement. I’m not going to post about all that I am learning (and unlearning), but I wanted to share with you that I’m in major “learning, analyzing and research” mode when it comes to nutrition. The catalyst has been my kids. My baby’s sensitivities lead me to cut out all dairy, soy and beef. This opened my eyes in a big way (that’s another post). My 3 year old has seizures with an undiagnosed cause. Like many 3 year olds, he is a super picky eater. As I’ve read and researched about ways we can keep his seizures dormant while we wait for full healing, I’ve solidified my belief that nutrition has HEAVY impact on our lives not just our weight. I usually work with people to help them get in shape and usually to tone up and/or lose weight so often the nutrition is focused around that. But, since having my 4th baby, I’ve been at home a lot more and just running the online business and doing some blogging. Nursing the wee one allows me a bit more computer time too since I’m sitting to feed him often (and often can be an understatement too.) But, this has given me the time to research and learn. Nutrition is a catalyst for change.

I don’t really want to go into everything and every little aspect of what I’m learning (yet), but I’ll say this…the Beesons are embarking on more changes for our nutrition. For the first time since I’ve known my husband (21 years), he initiated wanting to make some changes. I’ve been praying for that for at least 7 years. I jumped on it, of course, and since I was all ready looking into things for two of my boys, I was motivated to find how I could better the health of my whole family. I feel the responsibility of doing that being Mom and being the one who’s “into” health and nutrition. ;)

I’ve been gradually making some changes here and there for the whole family like I have everyone eating natural peanut butter. Before, I used to let them eat other peanut butter because they complained. I just stopped caring about the complaints and switched them to “my peanut butter”. We also don’t have any juice in our home. I used to dilute apple juice and let my kids drink it once a day or so. Done. We’re not drinking juice any more. I’ve made more homemade things such as sauces, spice mixes, cereals, breads, and granola bars. These are just a few of the smaller things I’ve changed, but last Friday, we made some BIG changes and honestly, my WHOLE family is excited. (Well, that’s an exaggeration. I think Liam could care less.) Really. They’ve been talking about what they are eating, telling their friends that they are “eating really super healthy now” and my oldest son took a picture of some of what we’re eating and posted it on Instagram. Ha ha! I’ve overheard my husband talking about it with sincere enthusiasm and that has NEVER NEVER happened. We’re talking about a guy who grew up on pop and lived 2 minutes from what we called “fast food lane”. If you know my husband, you’d know something miraculous is happening.

I have also talked to my parents about making some changes and trying out a few things with us and for me. I am “testing” a few new things I’ve found even to the point that I made sure they all had bloodwork done so I could “see” the numbers myself!

I’m excited. I’m excited to see change. Not just weight loss, but true whole health. I’m excited for energy. I’m excited for heart health. I’m excited for ailments to diminish. I feel so good as a mama that I can help my family have the best quality of life by giving them great nutrition. Is change hard? Yea, but I’ll tell you what’s harder…having a co-worker die in your arms and giving them CPR to no avail (happened to my husband a month ago.) Or, watching your 3 year old have a seizure and not be able to do anything about it. Listening to your baby cry because he’s in pain. Slowly watching someone die because their organs are giving up. Those things are harder. So to me, this kind of “hard” is worth it.
Gettin' Naked Series: I'll Tell You What's Hard

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