Yikes…making this side-by-side, finally weighing myself for the first time since starting this journey, coming to terms with reality. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.
But for the first time in years, I finally am starting to see Hannah in the mirror again✨
➖ May 2014, injured my back
➖ Dec. 2015, had back surgery
➖ Jan. 2016, started therapy
➖ July 2019, diagnosed with skin disease
➖ July 2019, decide to TAKE MY LIFE BACK
⬆️ To say my health journey is unique, especially at the ripe age of 27, is an understatement. I’ll be sharing more and more about how and why I’ve made the changes I have.
Why, you may ask? Because I can see my goals right in front of me. They’re tangible. Because I can live my days out of the box I had put myself in. I’m motivated. I’m optimistic. So I’m sharing, because I want you to feel just as empowered and fulfilled as I do.
Realizing you are the one in the way of your own success is not easy, but once you make that step, the rest of the journey is just one foot in front of the other.
Since my HS diagnosis back in July, I’ve completely cut out gluten and dairy and follow a low-carb diet. This decision was based off of my personal research about autoimmune disease and how what we put into our bodies effects EVERYTHING.
Sure, I’ve lost 55 pounds. But what I’ve gained back is my optimism, my motivation, the ability to LIVE my life fully.🙌🏼 The girl on the left was hurting, inside and out, but chose she was worth it and put in the effort. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m sure as hell celebrating my success thus far!
This is really hard for me to post, but part of my healing and growth is accepting my past and overcoming. I’ve struggled with my body image since I was a kid. No, seriously. I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food or my body confidence. Teetering between too restrictive and overindulgent. Never letting myself have a bite of dessert, or letting myself eat three desserts. You get the picture.
Once you’re really far in one direction or the other, finding middle ground feels impossible. So you let yourself live in the extremes, further promoting unhealthy habits on both sides of the spectrum.
Well, I realized enough was enough. Living with mental health issues since elementary school, having had knee surgery at 17 and back surgery at 23, I’m no stranger to ailment. But getting diagnosed with a skin disease that stems from an autoimmune/auto-inflammatory disorder at 26, THAT was the straw that broke the camels back. Hearing my body is attacking itself was my wake up call. How could my own body betray me? Time to fix that!
Yet through these hardships, I chose to persevere. If I can do it, you can too. I promise you it will only make life better to choose yourself. Choose her every day.
Never give up on yourselves babes. You’re always worth it.♥️