I’m Bonnie. Welcome to my site. I’m a wife, a mother, and now a GRANDMOTHER! I am a certified Comprehensive BASI Pilates Instructor, YogaFit Yoga Instructor, Wellness Coach and I love to take photos. I wasn’t into sports, dance or nutrition growing up. I was a latchkey kid, I ate a lot of junk food and I was a bit of a rebellious teenager. I’m not really sure I fit the traditional “Wellness Blogger” description in that sense, but I like to think that my journey makes me that much more empathetic to the struggles others feel as they try to change their lives.
So, when did I change my ways? It wasn’t until I got married and became a mother to my two beautiful daughters, that I decided I wanted a better life. A healthier life. Not only did I start to worry about what I was feeding my children, how foods and products affected them, but I also worried about me and how I was feeling.
I wasn’t feeling great.
Not long after I had my second daughter was born, I started having anxiety/panic attacks. At times they were so severe that I coudn’t even leave my house. My doctor was prescribing medication after medication to try and “help” my symptoms, but they only made me feel worse. In addition to the side effects, I worried about the addictive nature of them. I started looking into natural solutions. I found a workbook for battling anxiety naturally and it sort of transformed me. I started running, I learned breathing techniques, I started taking vitamins and I changed my eating habits. The changes weren’t overnight, but after time I realized I was having less attacks, I had more energy, I had a renewed desire to set goals for myself.
I felt better!
Now, going off medications is NOT something that I am suggesting people should do, sometimes medications are a game changer and are the answer (no judgement here… seriously). Medications are quite necessary for a lot of people, but for me- letting them go changed my life.
More recently I have started having issues with my immune and digestive systems (since about 2007). I was diagnosed with Leaky Gut, I am Lactose Intolerant and I struggle with Adrenal Fatigue. I battle continual pain from Arthritis and Degenerative Discs in my Cervical Spine. Even as I start this blog, I am struggling to try and understand what is happening to my body. I do know that my physical health, affects my mental health. My mind and my body work together.
Much of my of my life has been dedicated to trying to live healthier, both mentally and physically (although I am by no means the poster child for this). I may never be as healthy as I want to be…I slip up all the time. I still think that I have a lot to learn about being healthier (despite what my family might think), but I don’t want to be obsessed with it. I don’t want it to be all consuming… my goal is to be balanced in this pursuit.
Come see what I’m up to while I share tips, stories, workouts, etc. and try to keep it real (and hopefully fun) along the way.