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New Journey: On My Weigh

By Brea Echols

July 10, 2024

I’ve had many ask me about what I’m doing on my new health and wellness journey, so I’d like to take this opportunity to speak more about that.

I have always enjoyed learning about health and wellness, and about 6-7 years ago, I dropped 87 pounds following a ketogenic lifestyle. Up until about 8 months ago, I adhered pretty strictly to that way of eating. I experienced my chronic migraines leaving, depression was easier to manage, tension I held in my shoulders melted away, any inflammation I suffered from was gone!

But, over the last 8 months we went through some really difficult times. After 6 years of working on our farm ground, stewarding it to the best of our ability, and a whole lot of prayer and hopeful expectation, all the corn we planted did not yield even close to what was modestly projected, mainly due to the lack of rainfall. It was a devastating blow to our farm, and our faith. Following this, in November I had to shut down my storefront boutique and go back to selling online, mainly due to the costs of a storefront retail business in a scarcely populated area. Not long after the holidays, our town suffered two devastating losses that shook everyone here as well our surrounding communities. About 4 weeks later, my daughter suffered an extremely rare injury that had the potential to be life threatening, and I had to keep her from doing anything but walking or lying on her left side or back for about 6 weeks. We discovered that specific injury only happens in 2% of similar cases.

In the midst of all of the stress and discouragement, I let go of my healthy habits, and the heaviness in my mind translated to heaviness on my body. I started eating any and all comfort foods again, (grains, sugar, processed foods etc) and naturally the headaches, inflammation, brain fog and tension all came back, and I found myself struggling to get a grip and get back on the road with the healthy habits I once had. I have come to understand that it can be so easy to lose the ground you’ve gained when you don’t maintain progress.

So, I began a new journey at the beginning of June. I’ve been taking a break from social media, following a ketogenic way of eating, and just last week, with the help of my personal trainer and dear friend, Jessica Conner, increased my workout frequency to 5 days a week. For those who’d like to know the specifics, I’m keeping my net carbs below 20, and trying to keep my protein intake at 150-170 grams per day. For workouts, I’m focusing more on resistance training and keeping my daily step count at or above 10,000. My mantra for this journey is “nothing changes if nothing changes,” and this phrase reminds me that in order to experience the change I desire, I need to make changes to get there, instead of wishing for things to be different. True desire fuels behaviors that will make the outcome attainable, while wishing provokes us to complain, and remain in the same inactive, behavioral pattern that keeps us stuck, and feeling powerless to change it.

After all, success, in anything and everything you do, is 90% mindset. Change your mind, reframe your thinking, stay with it consistently and you will find the strength to make changes. Life may knock you down, but you don’t have to stay there. Have a great week y’all!

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