I created The Well Path program because of my work as a physician with thousands of women over the past 25 years.
However, I also have my own story of struggle, failure and frustration.
I know what it’s like to be disappointed with a diet.
To be inactive and watching yourself spiral even further downward.
Here’s my story. Maybe it’ll inspire you to get your health back.
My journey to wellness
After a divorce, I was a single mom of two small children who’d given up on the dating world.
When I remarried at the age of 40 after being single for nearly 5 years, my new husband and I wanted to have a child.
Two miscarriages and a tubal pregnancy later, I was thrilled to discover I was pregnant.
But my body was a mess from the hormonal rollercoasting I’d been on. I was also considered a high-risk pregnancy.
My doctor advised me to take it really easy, so I did.
No exercise. Lots of food. Let’s put it this way, I should have named my new son “Ben” or “Jerry.”
It was a recipe for a disaster.
After my son, Cole, was born, I discovered just how out of shape I was. I couldn’t even walk up the stairs to my office.
I was so full of despair, I couldn’t imagine how I could climb my way out of this mess – let alone have enough hope to try anything. The top of the mountain was just too high.
I was suddenly confronted with the feeling of hopelessness that my patients feel in this same situation.
I resolved to take on the Well Path challenge, one day at a time, one step at a time. How could I not practice what I had been preaching for the last 10 years?
Instead of feeling overwhelmed that I had 50+ pounds to lose, I focused on my next meal.
All I had to do was have a healthy lunch.
Take a short walk.
I just got on the path, stayed there, and moved forward.
For me, hiking became my activity-savior. It was something I could do with my baby strapped on my back and my kids in tow.
It was not only fun. The time passed quickly, too. And we were together.
And it led to lots of exploration around New York City, along the Hudson River, and beyond.
Each weekend, the kids, my husband, the dog and I packed up and headed out on an adventure. The hikes lasted between three and five hours, and I was burning thousands of calories.
I also noticed my muscle mass increasing, which boosted my metabolism.
I started dropping my car off 2 miles from work and walking to and from work. Those stairs just kept getting easier and easier to walk up.
My body shifted from inactive to active mode and…..
The pounds started coming off.
I didn’t feel deprived because I was feeding my body the fuel it needed to make the shift and to keep it supplied with all the nutrients it needed. Only then would it let go of the emergency fuel that our fat stores are meant for.
But I didn’t get my body back in a month. It took a year’s worth of dedicated effort. But it was all worth it.
I received another bonus from the journey too: After my family and working with women, I discovered my passion: hiking.
My husband and I resolved to hike the entire Appalachian Trail by the time I turn 50. We’ve spent lots of weekends and vacations tackling that goal.
On your path to wellness, you can not only become more fit and active and eat to maximize nutrients, you may just trip over a new passion – like a cycling class, yoga or walking groups.
With The Well Path community by your side, and a fearless leader who’s been there-done that AND has the background to make recommendations, you can’t go wrong.
WHAT’S THE FIRST STEP YOU’LL TAKE ON YOUR JOURNEY TO WELLNESS?
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