I’m Bonnie. Welcome to my site. I’m a wife, a mother, a Certified BASI Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Wellness Coach and obsessive novice photographer. I would love to start out by telling everyone that I was an athlete growing up, or that I worked my whole life as a fitness professional… but that would be a lie. I wasn’t into sports, dance or nutrition as I grew up. I was a latchkey kid, ate a lot of junk food and was a bit rebellious up until about my 20’s. So, I technically don’t fit the traditional Wellness Blogger description, but I like to think that just 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 (game changer!) and became a mother to my two beautiful daughters (even a bigger game changer!!!) 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.
Not long after I had my second daughter, I started having anxiety attacks. I knew that I needed to change more than just my life, I needed to change me. My doctor recommended many types of medications to “help” my anxiety symptoms, but they only made me feel worse. Eventually I turned to exercise and dietary changes and it was so helpful. Now, this isn’t something that everyone should do, sometimes medications are the game changer (no judgement here… seriously). Medications are quite necessary for a lot of people, but for me- letting them go changed my life.
I also battle immune and digestive issues (since about 2007). I was diagnosed with Leaky Gut and Adrenal Fatigue, with a possibility towards Lupus or Lyme’s Disease. Even as I start this blog, I am struggling to try and understand what is happening to my body lately. What I know for sure, is that my diet greatly affects my physical health, which in turn affects my mental health.
Much of my of my life has been dedicated to trying to live healthier, both mentally and physically (I am by no means the poster child for this though). I know still I have a long way to go and maybe I will never be as healthy as I want to be. I slip up all the time. I know I still have a lot to learn about being healthier (despite what my family might think). I don’t want to be obsessed with it though and have it 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.