I am seriously overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the messages I get from subscribers who pour their hearts out to me and look to me for advice, help, and most of all, understanding. I have amazing followers. Many of you who have asked me what was my turning point? What’s my history? Ah, the uncomfortable question! But I will answer it for all my new subscribers who have not been here since Day One and have yet to know my beginnings.
My name is Ixchel and I’m 24 years old. I’m a Music Teacher as well an actress, singer, and dancer. I have always been strong and curvy, but never uncomfortably overweight until I hit 15 when I was diagnosed with depression. As a result, I was put on 3 different anti depressants, which all had side effects of weight gain. The more I gained, the more depressed I felt. It was a horrible cycle. That Summer I spent some time in a hospital to get help. Shortly after, I relapsed. It took years, but when I moved away to college in Los Angeles, I was ready to get off meds and stand on my own two feet. During those years, I still struggled off and on with my symptoms, but I had God and a wonderful support system. Still, I was feeling stuck at my weight and just “accepted” that I was always going to be “the funny big girl.” Then I saw a picture of myself at my heaviest- about 190 pounds at only 5’1”. I couldn’t believe how I looked. During this time, my mother (who is not overweight) had a 2nd heart attack- about 10 years after my father had his. I knew then that this was more than just about a number on a scale- this was about my health and living long enough to see the great life I knew I was destined for.
I got a trainer to help me get started, actually read labels, and put in the time to do the research. I started with small steps, like cutting out soda and doing some time on the elliptical into gradually taking bigger leaps of change. I started blogging to help keep myself accountable. I became fearless because I knew I had to be. I went from being too afraid to run outside to running at least 2 miles a day. I stepped out of my comfort zone daily because I knew I was worth it. My biggest problem was making it a scheduled priority with my busy life of working two jobs and performing. My biggest advice would be to plan ahead with food and to schedule in workouts like you would any other important appointment.
I’m still not finished with my work. I’m just your average Jane. But it’s this very reason that I hope to reach and inspire all types of people. And I am not going to stop here.
My favorite quote that helped me push is by Laura Vanderkam:
“Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time,’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: ‘I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.’ ‘I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.’ If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.”
Happy Health, Happy Heart, Happy Living!