by Annie Meehan
by Annie Meehan
By Val Schonberg
The word “health” means different things to different people. In fact, it’s taken on new meaning to me over the years. I was brought up to value health, but most of what I understood about “being healthy” was related to physical health. And, most notably, if you weren’t thin, you weren’t healthy.
So, I pursued thinness. Right along with the rest of our culture, I pursued the belief that if you have the “right” body size and eat the “right” way, your problems will be solved and you will live happily and healthfully ever after. And, being a perfectionist, I’m quite certain I did it the “right” way. Unfortunately, there was no “happy and healthy” for me during this time. Now, there’s nothing wrong with trying to eat well and stay physically fit. However, when this is your number one priority in life, there’s nothing healthy about it.
Although I struggled with my distorted beliefs about health early on in life, I went on to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition science and completed the requirements to be a registered dietitian. I’m fascinated by science and really do love food and eating. So, in many ways, my education was an important part of correcting some of my misunderstandings about physical health. With some practice, my personal relationship with food, eating, exercise, and weight began to come into balance.
The quest for finding peace with food, eating, and weight, however, has less to do with what I eat or how much I exercise than with my lifestyle and learning to manage adversity. Most people know that optimal health is the result of both physical and mental health. But over and over again, people try to quantify this by referencing BMI (body mass index) charts, calorie intake (or calories burned), and even using blood tests to measure stress hormones. What keeps one person functioning when stress, trauma, and pain strike, while another falls to pieces? Resilience. Plenty of research has demonstrated that nutrition and activity are important, but faith, sleep, positive relationships, and stress management all play an important role in overcoming hardship and staying well.
My personal experience of overcoming abuse, divorce, loneliness, and stress, along with my professional experience as a clinical dietitian working in mental health, has clearly demonstrated to me that “being healthy” is more than a person’s body size.
Today, I balance my time by living what I teach— eating intuitively and staying active. My priorities are faith and family. My greatest joy is my kids, cooking, having family meals, and spending quality time with friends and family which are all a part of my everyday life.
Val Schonberg MS, RD, CSSD, LD, NCM is a dietician, speaker, and teacher. She owns EnlightenU Nutrition Consulting, LLC. Learn more at www.enlightenUnutrition.com.
by Annie Meehan
Life is filled with relationships, the good, the bad and sometimes even the ugly. Every relationship that passes through our life leaves an IMPACT. The big questions are who is most important to you? Who are you most important too? Where and how do you prioritize your friendships. How do you balance it all and keep the most important relationships on the front burners of our lives? Wishing you good and meaningful friendships ; )
by Annie Meehan
What goals have you set lately? Are you ready for a challenge? What if you signed up to do something you didn’t think you could do? What would that look like, feel like? How much could it help you grow? Get uncomfortable so you make someone else comfortable. I was challenged, pushed, uncomfortable and I hope changed for the better by doing the MS150 this year. I had hoped for 10 on my team we had 7. I did reach my financial goal of a 1000. I love doing things to keep me committed to my workout, but it is even better when it is for a good cause and you have a team join you. So I decided to sign up for next year hoping to get 20 on my Be the Exception team and raise over 2000. Won’t you join me? Sign up today and stay committed to your workouts all year long!
by Annie Meehan
How was your weekend? Did you celebrate the way you planned to? Were you celebrated the way you hoped you would be? Are you a mom? Do you have a mom? There are so many different kinds of moms out there: moms who raise their kids, moms who foster someone else’s kids, moms who step in and step up to become a stepmom to kids of someone they love & marry, moms of puppies, moms who place their babies for adoption because they hope & pray someone else can give their precious child a better life, moms to the neighborhood kids, women who become a mom figure to their church group, or moms who step up because for whatever reason a child’s mom isn’t able to give or nurture in the way they need it.
I truly believe it takes a village to raise, love, support and encourage our kids. Sometimes people feel threatened if someone starts to mother their child but I welcome it with open arms. My best friend and I joke (but are really serious) about how our kids call each other their second mom. They know they’ll always have a listening ear, food to eat and a welcome heart at either of our homes. This Mother’s Day week I’m focused on how blessed and grateful I am to be a mom to my kids. How proud I am of each of them and who they are as human beings, let alone what they’ve done with their lives.
My oldest, Matthew, is fun, funny, adventurous and loves to make new friends. I think he might take after his mother a bit. My daughter, Megan, well, she is wise, mature, organized and hard working. She graduated this weekend from college; I think she takes after her dad more. My youngest, Alex, tries so hard to act serious but really he’s very silly, he loves his own jokes just like me, he’s very focused like his dad and he’ll finish high school next month to go on to Iowa State. It’s so much more of who they are than what they’ve done that makes me proud to be their mom. My birth daughter finished her Masters’ this year…WOW. School was always a challenge for me. I’m so proud of her dedication, and the commitment to finish what you start even if it’s hard.
I love being a mom, especially when my kids come to me with a story, a question, or a new viewpoint and then tell me why they’re right. I’ve learned more from my kids than from any job. I have laughed more, cried more and worried more about them than anything else in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My oldest tells me I worry less now. I told him I learned prayer works better than worry.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and if you don’t have kids of your own, I hope you go love on someone else’s because kids can never get too much love.
Are you a mother? Do you enjoy it or is it one more stress in your life?
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by Annie Meehan
My Book: Be The Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation
Two hundred million people say they want to write a book, less than 3% actually do. So when I realized it was really going to happen I sort of freaked out. Like I was just kidding around; I wasn’t sure I was ready to share these stories with the world. I want to be honest; I love when people are honest with me and share their stories, but holy cow! Once you put it in print there’s no taking it back. Was I ready for that? Was I open to all the feedback? The good? The bad? The ugly?
The week my book came out I felt like I was standing naked on a train track with a train racing toward me. For those of you who have written a vulnerable, authentic, and honest book you know what I mean. For the rest of you, it’s like leaving it all out there to be analyzed and judged. The amazing parts so far for me have been the incredibly positive, helpful, inspiring stories of how my book has touched someone’s life, how they wanted another copy for a friend, how they wanted to use it for their book club, Bible study or to share it with their daughters.
I have received more support, belief and encouragement than I’ve ever felt before. I feel so blessed by all the love, cards, kindness and purchases. One of my friends painted me a picture; many have sent flowers, cards and even champagne to help me celebrate. The greatest reward has been the IMPACT the book has made to encourage people to take care of themselves, be kinder & more of a servant to their spouse, to be more intentional when connecting with their kids and to show up their best for their career. What others take away and what they do with the steps in the book is the most rewarding part!
I plan to release my audio book by September 1st. Writing my book was very challenging, Reading it took it to a whole new level of Challenging but listening to the intro was the hardest part of this journey. We are all on a journey, the question is will your journey lead you to higher ground?
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