The Wellness Journey

The Wellness Journey

I was one of those women that was overweight, but as people would say, “carried my weight well.” I would go to the gym 3 times a week, accomplishing 45 minutes on the elliptical, but still eating whatever I wanted to. In the back of my mind, I knew this regimen was not going to achieve the health and weight goal I desired. I tried very hard to be content with my self-image but at the end of the day, I was very unhappy with my size and weight. I hated the way my clothes fit and before I knew it, I was 28 years old, 184 lbs. I was on the borderline of being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and I was recommended treatment for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure. I was physically and mentally defeated & depressed.

July 2012, I remember deciding that it was time for a change. I simply did not want to feel what I was feeling any longer. I kicked started my Health Journey with a 7 day fruits and vegetables cleanse. I’m not perfect. I can honestly say that I deviated from time to time. And just after a seven-day cleanse and successfully decreasing my weight by 6 lbs, I began to alter my regimen and increase my work outs to 6 days a week. The class combination included some of my favorite group x classes; Turbo Kickboxing, Body Combat, Body Pump, and Nike Boot Camp Classes. I began running 3 times a week and incorporating weight lifting at least twice a week. I don’t like diets, so my meals consisted of making better eating/snack choices and smaller portions. My overall goal was to cut back salts and sugars and before I knew it, I was down nearly 50 lbs.

During the year of 2013, I became a certified Turbo kickboxing instructor and a Team Beach Body Coach. I enjoyed helping others jump-start their fitness journeys and providing advice and guidance by forming many accountability health groups.

I had focused so much on my physical health, that I neglected my well-being. I lost sight of my mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness. That’s when I created The Healthy Soul-Vibe to be an outsource for those seeking positive tips and advice on wellness. I am currently focused on my undergraduate BA in Health Promotions and minor in Communications at the University of North Texas. I am also seeking certification in Natural Healing. I always told myself there are 2 things in life that I want and love to do for the rest of my life and that is travel and help people get healthy all over the world. I hope to serve as an outreach internationally in wellness and hope to help others all over the world seek healing in the most natural form in their lives.

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3 thoughts on “The Wellness Journey

  1. Essence, you are beautiful on the inside and outside. you’re smile alone can melt North and South pole. I love you girl, Rachel U.

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  2. Love this. Thank you for sharing your journey. This is SO timely for me because I was just talking to my husband today about getting serious about our health and well being goals.
    -Renise

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you for reading it Renise! Yes, there is no better time then NOW. Start small. A lot of people underestimate how beneficial walking can be. And then increase your workouts as you gain more energy. Eating healthy is all mental but can be done by portion control. If you need help feel free to reach out! Good to hear from you!

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