Happy Friday! I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm continuing with Honoring the Vessel today: a series in which we get to know people who have made breakthrough in health and how they did it. If you didn't catch Part 1, you can read it here.
Meet my dear friend, Beth. She's a wife, student, auntie, and full-time administrative assistant. Beth was raised in Virginia and went to college in Tennessee. When she and her husband were married nearly four years ago, Beth had already begun her health journey. She had dealt with the common struggle of losing childhood weigh in adolescence and was feeling good! Once she married though, she gained about 45 pounds and got to a place where she was no longer feeling healthy in her body.
Beth struggled with joint pain and self-esteem issues as a result of her weight gain, but probably the biggest disappointment she faced was looking at someone in the mirror who didn't look like "her". Feeling miserable and fed up, she made attempts at weight loss, but it was difficult. It wasn't until she began connecting the dots between the nutrients she was eating, the stress levels in her life, and the lifestyle choices that didn't match up with her intentions for good health that she began to see change.
Last year, Beth became very committed to eliminating refined sugar from her diet. Getting rid of this simple ingredient that was a unique kind of poison to her body made a night-and-day difference to her joint pain and energy levels. Ignited with momentum because of this change, she began to set more advanced goals for herself and opened herself up to a modified elimination diet. Some mystery symptoms, like stomach pain and mood swings were leading to a gluten suspicion and Beth took herself off of gluten for a time. Before she knew it, she realized that she was intolerant of it! No wonder she had been feeling so miserable for so long!
It wasn't until Beth had the courage to change some of the diet habits that are harder to break that she began losing weight successfully. Once Beth was freed up from negative symptoms like joint pain, digestive issues, and fatigue that were being caused in part by sugar and gluten, she actually had energy to follow through on goals like getting more exercise and eating more vegetables.
Beth recognizes the importance of a steady health goal and is still working her way to an optimum place. She is able to do this confidently now because she has some really powerful tools under her belt! I admire Beth's faithfulness to herself and her God in this journey as she continually recognizes that she is a whole being who needs to be healthy spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. She is hard-working, kind, strong, and incredibly creative and these character qualities will continue to serve her well in her health journey.
Cheers to you, Beth! Congratulations on the breakthroughs you've already made in health and here's to continued success! Thanks for letting us be encouraged by your story.