It’s been a hot minute since I was active on my blog, so I’ve decided it’s time to open up about why I’ve been MIA. I’m about to get a little deep here, bear with me…
My health has been an ongoing battle for me, one that I made very public during my reign as Miss AZ USA. I received national attention two years ago for my “miraculous” weight and health transformation after loosing nearly 40 pounds. I was extremely passionate about sharing my journey of how I healed myself through fitness and nutrition. At the time I genuinely did feel better than ever before, and my confidence was at an all time high. However, in the middle of 2014 right before Miss USA, my symptoms came back more aggressive than ever. I’ve spent the last couple years trying to get control of my health so that it no longer has control over me.
For those of you who don’t already know- I developed severe stomach issues when I was 17 years old. I’ve been in and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals getting bizarre testing done ever since, but still haven’t discovered what causes the pain. It’s spread to affect other areas of my body and I struggle with stomach pain, headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, muscle pain, and anxiety on a daily basis. Pretty crazy actually being so public about that…wow, ok moving on.
I’m fully committed to figuring out how to get ahold of my symptoms, but I felt like not sharing my health struggles publicly was going against why I started this blog in the first place. This is my platform to share my experiences in hopes of helping someone somewhere, who is struggling with something similar. Since launching this blog, I hold myself to a high standard and promise everything I publish will be truthful. Morally, that requires me to be straight up with my readers and tell you guys what the heck is going on with me. This journey could be a long one so hang in there with me friends.
I’ve noticed that my health messes with my motivation, social life, work, well…basically everything. But if this battle has taught me anything it’s that your health is the most precious gift in the world. Our bodies are designed to protect us, and the least we can do is take care of it. And no I don’t just mean workout and eat healthy so that you can look a certain way, that’s not my point. When you take care of your body, your body takes care of you. When you nourish it, it’ll function properly. When you move it, it’ll begin to shape and transform. Looking good is just a benefit of feeling good.
But of course there’re always exceptions to the rule. You can take wonderful care of your body, but your body could still be fighting back. There’s a reason you’re feeling “off”, but it might take a whole lot of searching, testing, and experimenting to figure out the cause and cure. Trust me I’ve been through it, and I know I’m not the only one.
Over the next few months I’m going to be experimenting a lot with new tests, treatments, and products to get myself back to feeling 100%. I’m excited to share with you guys what’s working, what’s not, and what you should try for yourself.
Anyone else struggling with a strange health battle? Comment below I’d love to chat.