Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Lisa. I’m a hard working, fun-loving, honest girl who loves her family and God, and every single aspect of health and wellbeing. The more I grow, the more I learn about myself, the more I appreciate what it means to me, to take care of myself. While what I need to feel like my best isn’t what I needed 10 years ago, 5 years ago or even last week, I listen to what I need and try my best to give it to myself everyday.
My dedication to my health is something that won’t change. When I was a young woman, I made the decision to enlist in the military, go to ROTC and get my college degree. Unfortunately, I ended up extremely hurt as a result of a training exercise and unable to walk for the better part of a year. I am not here to talk to you about the military or even politics, I want you to know this about my past so you know how it impacts my present.
So to continue, let me tell you, there is nothing more humbling than being a 19 year old woman and needing your mommy to help you get to the bathroom, and nothing to make you more grateful to your parents and everything they do for you.
But when you go from being this super active, running miles every week type of teenager to being completely bedridden (thank goodness Grey’s Anatomy was released that year, that was SO helpful), you appreciate the ability to move that much more. Seriously, I remember asking my mom for free weights so I could do upper body exercises in bed.
Without getting into the nitty gritty of that part of my life, because we would be here for like 10 hours, the biggest takeaways for me and huge things for you to know about me, is that I live my life from a place of letting my heart lead with gratitude. I saw at a young age in a very drastic way how quickly life can change. How resilient life can make you and how sometimes you have to adapt and overcome for plans that aren’t going to go your way. I know I am by far not alone in this sort of thing happening. Life can give us some obstacles that we think we really can’t overcome and then we do and we’re stronger for it.
I am so grateful for the life I live, the blessings I have received, and most importantly for the ability to move. Life is this beautiful thing, and I wake up every day grateful that I get to experience it, but even more grateful that my body can do the crazy things I ask it to do. So I move everyday, in some way, and I give my body my absolute best in terms of love, nutrition and self care, and I attempt to do the same for my family. I hope that through this platform and the opportunity that I have to share my story and my knowledge with you, that I might give you my best and teach you how to give yourself your best as well.