Candice Dotson is a married mother of a 16-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. As an extravert-introvert, she tends to have a creative side while still being conservative in the approach. Therefore, she decided to share a blog of some of her ideas that has inspired her on her journey.
A little more insight about my journey is that I know how it is to struggle with a relationship with food to where it has taken a toll on your well-being. Much of my yo-yo dieting came from eventually becoming bored with what I was eating and the thought of doing a “diet” as a task instead of a lifestyle. I’ve always turned to food even if it is considered a healthy option, when I was bored, I turned to food. I still struggle with it from time to time. ME+FOOD+BOREDOM=DISASTER!!
I think I was 16 when I started to take notice of my weight and appearance[obsessively]. I would buy weight loss pills or just don’t eat at all. After graduating high school, I decided to enroll in the military but didn’t meet the weight requirement exactly. SO, of course I was introduced to crash dieting for the first time. Throughout my time in the military, yo-yo dieting and having a quick fix mentality when it came to losing weight I was not on a road to wellness.
Despite all the trials I went through after serving and being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, I managed to receive an Associates in Business, a Bachelor’s in Health Administration, buy my first home before the age of 30 as a single mother after a divorce but, kept gaining the weight. I was happy for the most part and blessed but never seem to settle down long enough to find out what Candice wanted. Therefore, I would turn to food, healthy or not…still food.
Years and changes in our lives can create unsustainable situations. Having a family can really challenge the ability to create meals that meet everyone’s needs, likes, dislikes and tolerances. Therefore, you try different methods to see what clicks. Usually when I get on a “health kick” it ends up being just me…my family usually moans, and groans and I’ll give in. But incorporating a Ketogenic Lifestyle in my family’s life has turned out to be a positive, uplifting and inspiring experience. We sat down as a family and discussed about our health but, accountability is needed to accomplish our health and wellness goals. We agreed to be honest with ourselves in this journey with each other.
Creating this family blog of our journey helped with working harder to reach and sustain the goals that we have set forth for our family. This is a journey of reaching and sustaining wellness; physically, emotionally and mentally.
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