If I Had Known Then What I Know Now…

I’m normally not pushing fitness matters because that’s just not me anymore.
But since I’m participating in a “Healthy Aging” challenge I think it’s timely to bring up my fitness transformation.
So here goes…

Let’s start with comparing two pictures:

BodyTruth-ThenNowThe body in the left picture ← took “a lot of time”: extended workouts like 8-10 mile runs 5 times a week, cardio kick-box classes 3-4 times a week, all-day beach volleyball on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, then the occasional bike ride or hike which always had to be challenging. If it was easy, I didn’t want to participate.

The body in the right picture → is me now, at almost 50 years old.
The “work” it takes is a lifestyle of balanced and healthful nutrition, 30 minute walks 3-4 times a week, and 2 times 30 minutes light weight training.   I. Feel. Great! 

So what’s the difference?

At first glance the bodies might look the same to you, but the function and health on the inside is very different.

The left picture compiles quite a few years of fitness obsession: extreme hikes, boot-camps, kick-boxing, HIIT, cross-training, volleyball, half marathons, 200-mile running relays…one after the other…you name it.
I believed hard work would lead to the best body – lean and fit, with optimum health.

Guess what? It wasn’t so!

On the contrary: I actually pushed my body to the breaking point and depleted it over the years “staying fit” so much so that I had a complete burnout and was a minute away from being hospitalized. I felt physically unwell most of the time, but continued training, ignoring the aches and pains as signs of being in serious health trouble.

After my body decided to shut down during a race I stopped working out. I could not get my body to do any lifting or strenuous activity – let alone cardio – for the next few years.

Needless to say: I gained weight.
I was disappointed with myself, I became apathetic; I was really unhappy.

I needed to do something!

Ask and you shall receive: I was introduced to a nutrition system by a friend of mine, and I’m so grateful to her for reaching out to me because she saw my pain and was able to offer me something that could potentially help me.

I’m thankful for her courage to recommend a solution and not holding back just because the distribution model is ‘different’.

And I’m thrilled that I put aside my prejudice and followed my heart, trusting the recommendation, and now loving this friend forever because she really made a difference in my life.

Initially I wanted to try Isagenix for weight loss purposes only. It worked!
I lost weight but I quickly realized that my body also replenished in lots of other ways.

Many of the symptoms lingering from the cardio trauma disappeared, my energy level rose, the joy for anything I had set aside or procrastinated on returned, and through the new found community I learned that there are more solutions to fitness, health, and life, than torturing and starving my body.

Ohhhh if I had known then what I know now…

I’m not promoting to skip workouts, or stop them if you’re enjoying what you’re doing. But please be mindful: balanced and healthful nutrition is an important part of being healthy! Providing the body with good nutrients on a daily basis will keep it running smoothly for many years to come. Talk about ‘Healthy Aging’!

Spend your time on workouts wisely. You can achieve great results with moderate activities and supporting your body with the right nutrition, regardless of how much or how little you work out.

If you need a good formula, this is a great place to start:

  • Moderate cardio: up to 5%
  • Moderate weight training: up to 15%
  • Balanced and healthful nutrition: 80%

And what’s the moral of the story?

My life has changed tremendously!
I’m free of the guilt because I’m working out less.
I’m happy with my body and my health.
And I’m in love with my new life!

‘Thank you’ to my friend Shontell, who introduced me to join this lifestyle,
and ‘thank you’ to Isagenix, who consistently raises the bar making this world a healthier place!

What Do You Want To Accomplish Over The Next 5 Years?

20 years ago I was working as a Marketing Consultant for a Health & Wellness Treatment Center in one of the top hotels in the Canary Islands, Spain.

The Medical Doctor leading the holistic treatment program back then had a very progressive view on the influence of nutrition on the health of our bodies and therefore the well-being of, well, us humans.

We both had a love for helping people, he through the wonderwork he did as a Medical Doctor, me as a part-time Life Coach to (mostly) women who wanted to make a positive change in their life.

Working together we recognized very quickly that, what each of us had to offer to our clients, was complementing the other’s work and hence brought better results to the people that came to us for help.

So we took the opportunity and created a program in which we focused on detoxing the body, guiding personal breakthrough in thinking and behavioral patterns, and motivating for success.

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Internally we called it “Cleanse-Commence-Compete”. These are strong words but absolutely gave justice to the power our clients developed going through the change they desired and reach their goals. It was amazing!

It was an incredible time in which I learned a great deal about health, wellness and nutrition, and the influence it has on the creation of our lives.

Getting rid of anything toxic in our lives, within and without our bodies, is powerful! Removing what wears us out, weighs us down, makes us sick, holds us back is a powerful action, allowing us to move easier, more focused, and stronger in the direction we want to go.

Needless to say I’m an advocate ever since!

Sticking with the basics of the program over the years, even though I’m using a different nutritional system now, I never found myself short on energy, emotional strength, clear focus, or drive to do the things I wanted to accomplish.

Granted, life wasn’t always easy and I experienced my share of take-down’s and break-down’s, but my spirit to evolve and succeed from anything that happened to me never disappeared. I attribute this in great part to how I fed and treated my body over the years.

Looking forward to the next 5 years, I know exactly what I want to accomplish and what I want to create for myself, and anyone entering my life. And I feel empowered by the way my body is supporting me.

What do you want to accomplish over the next 5 years?
And how does your body support you in your efforts?

Comment below or send me a message at kerstin@mynextstep101.com.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Many Blessings,
Kerstin