Earlier this month I announced I was becoming a certified health coach. I wanted to introduce all of you to the process and the fact that, yup I talk the talk, but now I'll have a solid certification behind my words. It's really for all of you and to bring you the best and most accurate content to achieve your ultimate health. I've toyed a bit with the idea of how I could take you thru this journey with me, teaching you about some of my fave brands along the way. I decided since there is so much to come in the future in terms of health and wellness content , I would take this opportunity to share with you once a month part of my story, health struggles and how I became so fascinated and quite frankly in love with the health and nutrition world.
The progression to this point may seem crazy, but in theory it makes so much sense.....
For years I've read about health and nutrition. So if we are going to tell the full story we will have to head back to the beginning.
It probably started back in high school with my love for fitness magazines like Shape and Women's Health. I was way more entertained by these than Miss Seventeen and US weekly. I was drawn to how cool the products were and how happy and fit everyone looked. Key word here, happy. Everyone looked happy! I joined a gym, became a veg, played in every sports team and the rest is history ....
When I moved to New York City to attend college at FIT I took this love with me. But this is where I really had the time to grow. Mostly because I embarked on this crazy adventure alone at the age of 20, but also because I had plenty of free time alone in a new city.
Ill be honest, moving away alone at a young age makes you feel a little lost... okay a lot. I was a lot lost. I dedicated my time and energy to understanding health and at that time (I'll be brutally honest here) I wanted to be thin. Very thin. Maybe it was a control thing because I was away on my own, or maybe a body image issue. I'd say a bit of both.
During this time I battled with unhealth habits which I'll get to in the coming months and of course was introduced to my first taste of living in mass production America, but in NYC... SO picture this.... Everything was low fat, low cal, sugar free .... and packed with chemicals, sweetners and basically a how to manual of health self destruction. YUP. I ate zero calorie noodles with low cal sauces for dinner. It's a thing. Let's just say you don't digest... anything.
I did a lot of things that were unhealthy... that's the first thing to recognize... and naturally I lost a lot of weight. Part of me didn't care. The part that saw what was in the mirror mostly.
I was young and just wanted to look "good" by the standards of NYC fashion world. I do feel it creep in every now and then. When I catch myself mid way thru the day running on nothing but black coffee and sugar free gum. (Still happens sometimes , it's like a high) But I don't do this out of choice anymore. And trust me we'll get to discussing habits as this continues.
Then something crazy happened. I discovered Whole Foods and trader joes. And I fell in love with health food. My focus on health began a shift, albeit slow and steady from one adorably labeled fresh juice to the next, but a shift.
I fell in love with the food industry but beyond the science of how to count calories and "eat yourself skinny" but on the actually marketing of brands and the content of the food.
After returning back to montreal I hit a bit of a depression. I was no longer in my fast paced independent life I had created for myself in NYC. I was home at my parents (whom I love dearly don't get me wrong) but it all felt like a back track. A loss of control.
And one of the hardest parts and still is today is that I was no longer able to run to my fave place, the health food grocery store. We don't have anything quite comparable to these that they do in NYC.
I dove into a demanding job and I lost a big part of what made me happy. Regardless of how I approached it, since I can remember the health and happiness world went hand in hand. I gained enough weight to make me uncomfortable in my skin. I focused on giving to my job and not to myself. I was no longer in control of my time, my mind or choices. I felt I had no independence.
So I moved out and a few months later I started my blog (the one you're all reading now) called Silver Lining by S. I wrote about what made me happy. To share. And to remind myself what life was really about. Smiling. Seeing the Silver Lining......
Life gives you what you need when you need it, so naturally thru rediscovering my happiness, a few months later life brought me back to the health world. It brought me Victoria Park and someone who has been a guiding factor, a friend, a trainer and a mentor in all of this, Drea Wheeler. You all know my love for Vic Park and my ride tribe so I won't get too much into this (plus have a fun spin post coming up this month) but let's just say this place and this incredible person have both been huge guiding lights.
So here I am.... starting my health coach training to bring you guys incredible content, and to reroute what brings the happiness back to S.
I am so excited to share more realness and raw stories about my health struggles and health coaching journey with all of you, but in the meantime comment or send me via an email if you have anything specifically you're excited to learn about.
Stay smiling and healthy! xx