What is Healthy?

Are you healthy? What is healthy? Hmmm…..what exactly does this mean? For me, healthy living has been a constant struggle, that is until a year ago.

As a fifty-something year old I can say I have tried absolutely every diet, health kick, knock-off health kick, and bad habit building activity known to man to try to achieve “healthy.” I have always felt a bit “chunky,” “fluffy,” whatever the current term is for someone who is not the “go to look.” I have eaten only grapefruit, have been on the cabbage soup diet, the Atkins diet, the Keto, the Paleo, etc. etc. etc. I am sure many of you can relate to this!

Each time I tried one of these fad diets I lost weight, but never the amount I truly wanted to lose, and certainly did not keep the weight off once I was no longer following the protocols. I had become frustrated, depressed and weighed my heaviest at 240 pounds. I thought there was nothing that would ever truly work so why try anymore. That all changed when a dear friend of mine began posting pictures of her health journey. She was losing weight, looked amazing, and had my interest peaked. However, my skepticism was on high alert! I had seen things like this before and wasn’t going to fall for it! After watching her lose the weight and maintain her weight loss for a year and a half I knew I had to try one more time.

I began this journey in September 2019. The journey began with putting down a vice that I have struggled with, alcohol. This was no easy feat because it was such a habit. However, within the first week of my amazing program I no longer had cravings for alcohol. I felt amazing, and I was sleeping through the night for the first time in 17 years! Let me tell you, this was an amazing experience and one that has stayed with me and helped me to lose 55 pounds!

What I have learned on my journey is that “healthy” is up to us to define. We cannot allow society to define OUR health. I am no longer a slave to the scale, and am instead striving for a healthy BMI and a healthy approach to life. I have learned great tips and tricks along the way that are helping me to stay on this journey and to inspire others. I eat within an hour of waking up to jump start my metabolism. I eat every 2.5 to 3 hours throughout the day to keep my metabolism firing. I also drink 80-100 ounces of water a day and eat a healthy lean and green meal each day. I have also become a health coach and so enjoy helping others attain their health goals! My program includes “fuelings” that help me meet my nutritional needs along with a healthy meal of protein and 3 servings of vegetables daily. If you are interested in learning more about the program or my journey I would love to hear from you!

Desha Bone Bierbaum, ΓZ


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