Optimal weight and inward happiness didn’t always come easy for me. My own personal journey towards great health motivated me to pursue my passion as a Certified Personal Trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as a Professional Life and Wellness Coach with International Coaching Academy (ICA)
My Personal Journey
I get asked often, “Laurie, do you even know what it’s like to be overweight?” Yes, I do. I was 36 years old an d 50 lbs overweight. I have a wonderful husband and two great kids, but always kept myself last on the list, sound familiar? I fell into depression, exhaustion and lost my love for life. Finally, sick and tired of being sick and tired, I had my light bulb moment! I went to my family doctor for my annual appointment, guess what, she said “Mrs. Runyan you need a treadmill test.” She said I was overweight, stressed and depressed. I needed a treadmill test to determine how bad these things had affected my health. Needless to say, I was very upset. I thought, what I have done to myself? I must say I decided to take control of my life and the next day I put myself back on the to-do list. I first explored my inward emotions examining exactly how I got to this point in life. I addressed the depression, and my negative mindset. I had to do some soul searching and address my mental emotions. I had been harboring low self-esteem and self doubt and it was time to explore these feelings. It was time to move into discovering my Inner Thinner Peace.
Do you think when I decided to take my life and body back my circumstances changed? The answer is NO. I was still overweight and unhappy. What changed? I did on the inside! I decided to stop blaming others and break free of the mentality, “I’ll never be skinny. If only I had more time. I’ll never reach my goals.” These thoughts created emotions that made me run toward FOOD. I was bolting from my own life and using food to smother issues that kept me in bondage. I finally began trusting who I was created to be. I had been running from myself for a long time. When I decided to look in the mirror and stop using food to numb my life, everything changed. When this transformation occurs you will reap the rewards of a healthy relationship with food, feel great in your skin, enjoy an inward peace and confidence that YOU didn’t even realize existed!