You make your own luck

You make your own luck

You make your own luck…

 Celiac Sprue - Nutrition Coach

I remember the day so clearly: It was the middle of the summer on a Sunday and I  was walking with my two white labs. I was walking down the street in a neighborhood I loved. At the time, I was  8 months pregnant. Anyone who walked by me that day would have judged and thought I had a perfect life.

I was emotional while I was walking that day and I was crying. At the time, I was working full time as a National Sales Manager for a Medical Device company and I was traveling weekly.

It was a Sunday and I was to get on an airplane AGAIN the next morning. The last thing I felt like doing 8 months pregnant was traveling across country at 6 am the next morning.

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I gained 50+ pounds while pregnant, and it was 60+ pounds heavier than I am today in my mid-40’s.

I was married (unhappily) to someone who had been my best friend.  I had gained 50 lbs and still had a month of pregnancy to go.

I was living in a house I couldn’t afford, I didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills. I was stressing about maternity leave and how my financial problems would likely get worse.

I was feeling lonely, afraid and out of control and I hated my life. I had always been so excited about having a daughter and now here I was with my greatest wish happening and everything else falling apart all around me.

Even worse, my best friend, my husband, was no longer my best friend. My closest girlfriends and my family all lived on the east coast and I was out in California. I felt truly alone.

My Rock Bottom –After my daughter was born matters spiraled out of control. I took a voluntary demotion (so ICeliac Sprue could stop traveling as much) and my financial problems got worse.  The housing market crashed, the stock market crashed, my savings was gone and we filed for divorce.

My dream house couldn’t be paid for anymore so I stopped paying the mortgage. My house- something I had invested a lot of my hard earned money in, was going to be gone.

My credit cards were cancelled, my car was having issues, I had to find day care so I could work. I had to now share custody of my daughter which meant less time with the one person who meant the world to me.

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Post Pregnancy – Not the best pic, but look at my arms.  I wasn’t looking terrible, but definitely not looking fit.

I was overweight, depressed and more alone then I had ever felt and I was 35. Everything I had been years before- confident, fit, successful, happy, was GONE. I didn’t know where that girl was. The dream life I had wanted and had was coming to an end.

This is not who I am. I could have given up. All of that could have been solid reasons to be out of shape, unhealthy and even alone today. That was not what I wanted for myself. I wanted to be the person I once was and maybe even better. I did not resort to drugs, alcohol or medications. I did not give up, I did not wallow in my excuses, I did the opposite.

I decided to make my own luck. What was the opportunity in all of this? I could re-invent my life. I listed out my goals. I made a vision board and I decided to practice what I knew would work: to Act as if I was already the person I wanted to become. I DECIDED to do the work. I knew things would work out if I just moved in the direction of success. I would be SUCCESSFUL. I put what I taught in sales for so long into play. I listed out my goals, I put what I knew about fitness and nutrition into play ,and I got my body back. I did the work. I did not take short cuts, I DID THE WORK…

Natalie Jill Family


My “new” family

Once I had control of my body and my health, things became more clearer. I turned my problems into opportunities and made my own luck.

When someone says “it sucks you have to share custody of your daughter” I say “I am fortunate that she has two families that love her and I have an opportunity to have a few nights to myself.”

When someone says it “sucks you lost your house” I say “It is AWESOME that I live in an affordable cute house that I can walk to the beach from now.”

When someone says it “sucks that you no longer have that high powered job” I say “it is awesome that I spend my days working on my own business and have the freedom to pick my daughter up from school at 3” And when someone says “it sucks that you are divorced” I say “I am so lucky to have found my soul mate at 40”.

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Fit in my 40’s!

Who knew that I would get into the BEST shape of my life in my mid-40’s.

When you do the work, you work through the process and that in itself is healing. Excuses will not make your life better. Luck does not just happen. You make your own luck.

-Natalie Jill

 

PS.  If you would like to watch a video from the Hallmark Channel where I share my story, CLICK HERE

 

Additional reading:

To learn how I ate to lose the weight, view my 7 day Jump Start program HERE .

For information on how I worked through the GOAL process look HERE.

To share your story with me contact me anytime HERE

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Natalie Jill
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Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, life, and business goals. Natalie is a well-known Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and Functional Fitness Trainer who specializes in weight loss and core training. . Natalie is also the bestselling author of Unprocess Your Diet . Natalie has been gluten free for over 15 years as she has Celiac Sprue. Learn how Natalie handled adversity and find out how she "made her own luck" and turned it all around! . To know more about Natalie Jill, you can visit her Facebook Profile.

9 Comments
  • Ban Ruiz
    Posted at 17:12h, 02 December

    That’s Inspiring Natalie.. I totally Admire what you did. I alwsys questioned how u went from sales to your own business… & Now, I know! Happy for you.. #Strong, Independent Women 🙂
    Love BeBe

  • chuck
    Posted at 17:39h, 11 May

    Great stuff. I am in a similar spot in my life and its what I am doing right now!

  • Mo
    Posted at 13:05h, 24 June

    When you do the work, you work through the process and that in itself is healing.

    Wow! Lowest points in my life: divorce, having to leave the home I thought I would grow old in “my dream home”, business I started from the bottom up dwindled, losing my mother to Stage 4 Colon Cancer. With all this my height was up and down. Being healthy and happy is 99% mental….once we can overcome this, the working part is easier.

    I love that statement: YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK!

    Maybe one day I can afford to do your program! Until then….stay happyhealthy

  • Alexis Clark
    Posted at 18:19h, 14 November

    Thank you Natalie

  • cookiekaw
    Posted at 07:41h, 09 October

    Very inspirational! I just listened to the podcast you did with Chalene Johnson and I wanted to thank you for saying that it’s not bad eating fruit! I also eat a lot of fruit and I am always being told I need to cut down on it because of the sugar. I like to have someone else in my court when I say that no one got fat eating too many apples! Looking forward to reading more…..thanks!

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 14:28h, 18 February

    Wow I thought things were bad with me but I know God will see me through

  • Rosa
    Posted at 05:53h, 02 May

    Wow, I’m encouraged! I ve been through some devastating personal issues and feel much the same, depressed, lonely and unmotivated to make changes.
    I’m going to do my best to move forward. I believe following your program is going to help me.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 07:28h, 18 September

    This was a very inspiring read for me today! I am going through most of these things in my life, although I have become very fit and lost my 50 lbs. of pregnancy weight twice over. The rest of my life is in the same kind of shambles, you are giving me some hope that I can make it as an entrepreneur and a mom at the same time.

  • Jody wallace
    Posted at 14:40h, 12 May

    I am trying to sign up for the body reset that starts May 21. The video said if I sign up now there is a $50 gift code? That would really be a HUGE help. Please let me know if I can use it.

    Thank you!!