For over 10 years Culinary Nutrition & Premier Lifestyle Expert, Nancy Leeds Gribble, has boldly encouraged women to thrive fearlessly in conquering their goals for a healthy and joyful lifestyle.
I finally felt like I was on the verge of having it all!
I was a highly successful realtor, I was married to the love of my life and we had a happy little baby boy together. Life was shaping up exactly as I had always imagined.
Then my world instantly turned upside-down, my husband suddenly became ill and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma – stage 4 brain cancer. A year later this devastating disease left me a single mother raising my 4-year old son, Alexander.
On top of it all, we were facing the worst economic crisis of our century and the real-estate market was being hit the hardest. I was not only grieving the loss of my husband, but also my business.
For the next several years, I stumbled through life in a fog, not really knowing who I was or who I wanted to become. Eventually I made my way back into real estate but, truthfully, I found it was almost impossible to enjoy the career I’d once loved as a single mom with no support. But, it was what I knew best so I stayed the course. I was lonely, depressed and scared.
One day I looked at myself and realized I’d lost my lust for life. I looked bad, I felt bad and I was making bad decisions about the way I was treating myself. I knew I couldn’t control all the external events in my life but I could change the way I felt about myself. I had a few hand weights and some workout videos so I cleared a small space in my garage and began to workout again. It was tough at first, I was out of shape and lacked energy, but I stuck with it and slowly I began to feel like myself again. I even dared fall in love again. Life, as it seemed, was back on the upswing.
Without much warning my new love suddenly died of pancreatic cancer. It was another devastating blow, and I remember thinking, “Are you kidding me God?” I had lost my faith. Was I not worthy? Was this karma for mistakes I’d made along the way? I kept asking “why, why, why?” I fell back into a deep funk, wallowing in self-pity and self-sabotage.
But this time around, I realized I could not let years go by again feeling like I had before. I couldn’t let myself go back to that lonely, depressed place again. I had to dig deep this time. I remembered what it felt like to feel good, so I picked myself back up and kept going! Some days I cried my way through my entire workout but I was consistent with showing up for myself!
And soon the biggest transformation of my life started happening – not just physically but also mentally. My workouts became my therapy. I started caring about myself again, not just as a mom, but also for me. I began reading personal development books, thinking more optimistically about my future and switching my focus forward. Having been vegetarian and vegan for half my life, I’d always been interested in nutrition so I decided to go back to school and enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
I knew I could no longer rely on others to provide the joy and happiness in my life – it had to be an inside job. So I let my energy gravitate in the direction of the things I loved: fitness, health and the water.
Finding joy in the things that I loved made me feel more adventurous, alive and playful than I had in years and I realized that, by paying close attention to my body and the ways I wanted to feel, I felt more and more in alignment with my inner-self.
I took my life from stuck to unstoppable!