We all have those times in life when well, life gets in the way.  This summer has been the most difficult for me by way of time and energy.  It’s no joke that moving is one of the most stressful things in life.

Spring begins our busy wedding season at work.  Add to that moving a 4 bedroom house with no moving company and all my healthy habits literally flew out the window!  For 4 weeks I began every  weekday at 5am packing/cleaning for 4 hours then off to work till 6 and back to packing and cleaning until I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Then I worked events on the weekends.

Without being completely settled in the new house and no food in the old, my food intake consisted of more fast food than I’ve eaten in my lifetime.  Pizzas, burritos, burgers, chips, lots of tea and wine, sometimes not eating at all.  Basically it was anything I could get my hands on.  Although I’m proud to say the move was complete with pictures hanging and everything in place in a month, my well being paid the price.  It didn’t stop there, I went straight into working 6 days a week and spending my “day off” cleaning.

I’ve always been proud of the fact that I’ve eaten healthy and worked out.  Your body reflects the food and efforts you put into it.  Not this year.  I was so happy to move to the beach, yet I didn’t want to don a bathing suit so I hardly went.  Ugh, with minimal workouts and a poor diet I was left with 8 extra pounds and a boat load of cellulite!

It’s crazy, I felt as if I had gone so far off the beaten path that I didn’t know how to get back.  I started grocery shopping again and filled the house with healthy foods, yet I still found myself going for the quick fix.  What happened to me?  I’m not sleeping well, I’m tired, I’m bloated, I’m not focused at work and I’m downright uncomfortable.

It’s time to take my life back.  I know how to do this.  I can do this.  I have to put myself first and not feel selfish about it.  Work will always be there, the dishes and laundry will always be there.  My health and wellbeing may not.  I’m going back to my clean eating roots.

Last Sunday I fully stocked the kitchen with healthy foods and snacks and have been taking the time to prep my meals for the day.  Ahh, clean eating is like a little miracle that changes your life immediately.  Within 2 days my bloating decreased, 9 days later I’ve already lost 4 pounds and my cravings for crap are gone.

This week, I began taking yoga to rid my mind of all the work stress, my trainer is back from a 3 week vacation, and I’m going trying a new boxing gym.  Ha another stress reliever I believe.  Whatever I end up doing for physical activity, it’s going to be something.

We all go through times in our lives when we’re not the priority and making time for ourselves seems downright impossible.  But I’ve learned the hard way, you can’t be at your best if you’re not taking care of yourself.  Even your first day back to the gym gives you more self-confidence than you had the day before.

I’m happy that period in my life is over.  I’m making the decision to never let that happen again.

Through all this, Ava has been an inspiration.  She’s in the best shape of her life and really embodies all the clean eating and exercising principles I hoped to instill in the girls as they grew up.  My how the tables have turned.  But lucky me, I’ve got some inspiration right in closest circle.

I’ve learned to let go of the guilt and move forward.  Dwelling on how this happened isn’t going to help my progress.  So move on people.  Put yourself first.  Keep yourself healthy and active.  Everyone will benefit from it