Struggling on your Health and Wellness Journey?

This was my Facebook post this week. It turned out to be much longer than my normal positive quotes or Facebook pics. My heart aches for those struggling with weight loss difficulty. Having been through so much mental torment (all self induced) for years,  I want people to realize it doesn't have to be that way. You don't have to hate yourself or beat yourself up. Change is possible and it begins with your heart.

This is my Facebook post below...I hope to share more of my journey over the next few months......


"Sometimes I get discouraged by the pace of my health and wellness journey. Thinking back to when I met the first of seven seamstresses that I struggled to convey my tote bag idea to. A divided bag with water bottle holders and fabric that wouldn't leak. That was nearly 10 years ago that I started this journey. I had recently lost weight and needed a bag, a tool to help me stay on track with healthy foods by my side.

Now 10 years later, looking back, I think, dang it. All those times I took off so much weight and then gained it all back so fast. Why did it take me so long to figure out how to keep weight off? There are two main reasons: Self-Love and Habit Change. I hated myself and what I looked like and I never slowed down enough to make true habit change. **Habit change does NOT happen in 21 days for me.** It has taken me several years to overcome both of those. I had to allow myself to eat any food I wanted to overcome binge eating. I had to grow my relationship with Christ to realize I was worth it and to love myself for who I am, no matter the number on the scale.

People may think I'm crazy for setting such small goals. I lost 25 pounds last year and will lose 20 this year. Then in 2019, I'll lose another 20. It took me 42 years to get where I am, if it takes me 3 to get where I want to be, then I'd say that's pretty darn good. I refuse to gain weight back. That is my mission. The good news is I am healthy. I have reversed my pre-diabetic status and blood work is normal.

For anyone struggling on your health and wellness journey, take a step back. What can you do differently to get you where you want to be? Don't do what everyone else is doing. What works for you? We are all unique. You may need to adjust a little differently."

Natalie, Healthy Tote Founder



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