Jan 032017

cookie-dough-cover-pagePart Four – Cookie Dough in the Dark

To read part one click- My Sugar Addiction, Part Two Sugar Addiction & Self-Punishment, Part Three Could This be part of the Answer

The Exercise Seed Is Planted


After graduating from Western, I didn’t know what to do. So I went to George Brown College for Fitness and Lifestyle Management. Perhaps the powerful effects of exercise were planted while at university and I wanted to explore why exercise was so powerful. This started the ball rolling. It was a very intense course. It provided me with more nutrition training than a doctor, and an intricate look at how the body works physiologically. I learned about every muscle, bone, and organ. I was hooked. We learned how to lift weights, how to burn fat, and how to eat properly.


I loved this stuff and my body loved it too! I started to lift weights knowing what to focus on. I was finally on the road to understanding nutrition and its effects on the body. I was sculpted and felt fantastic. I felt better mentally. Maybe the hormones of my teenage years had balanced out, but I also now knew the tremendous effects of exercise (and nutrition) on my mental state, not just my physical state.


My suitcase now had a stunning and sleek exterior, but was there something still lurking inside?


Whisper to a SCREAM!


After George Brown College, I started working at a financial institution. I had to sit all day. I was going crazy. I would work out every day from two to three in the afternoon, otherwise I would have really gone crazy.


At this point I started studying for my Personal Training (PT) exams because I knew I couldn’t sit for a living. I was already an accredited Aerobics Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor and Standard Fitness Appraiser. I started teaching aerobics during lunch hours at The Adelaide Club in Toronto. Soon I had clients that I was personal training before and after my “professional” job.


But soon by suitcase started bulging; I could barely keep it closed. What I really wanted was to be able to teach full-time but I was scared. Scared to be self-employed. Scared of the insecurity. My sit down job was secure. I had paid vacations. I had a steady salary. It’s what I thought a job was supposed to be like. You dressed in a fancy outfit and looked like you were important. I was very conflicted with my thoughts but soon my mind & body would provide for the next chapter of my life.


After about 2 years in the financial world I had a nervous breakdown. I was hauled off in an ambulance and I was told to take a few days off. I had suffered a major panic attack – it felt as if I’d had a heart attack. A few days later I returned to work and within a few more days I was hauled off again in an ambulance. I never returned to that job.


I took some time off on short-term disability and I stuffed myself with Bugles, among other highly addictive carbohydrates. And it wasn’t just a handful. My habit of numbing the pain with food was back. My body was just starting to scream. How closely was I listening? If I went out in public I got hives, my heart would start to pound and my body would start to burn. I went for some “help”, was prescribed drugs that I never took and searched for another answer. My life was clouded with anxiety, depression, loneliness and a lack of an emotional direction and support. I had no one to turn to. Exercise was my savior. It helped to keep me sane. This was a very lonely year and could have led me down a very different path, but somewhere during my life I had learned that ultimately the choice was mine as to which direction I could take.


So, I chose to leap! I leaped out of the corporate world of a secure pay cheque and benefits into a world of unknowns. How much money would I make? Would I be able to pay my rent? How many clients would I need? How many classes could I teach? But I was excited, I was passionate, and I was on an adventure. I’d had enough of my own pity party and started to read a lot about the power of the mind. You are what you think about. I had created this life of self-pity; I had become a victim of my life. It was time to change my story because, frankly, I’d had enough. Thoughts manifest into action and my thoughts needed a new direction.


This part of my life really helped me to understand some of my clients who were “stuck” because they were having their own pity parties.


I poured myself into my work and LOVED it! I worked with clients from 6am to 9pm (another addiction??). I was teaching classes when I wasn’t training. I was so sculpted because I was constantly moving, running with clients, and teaching classes. I had energy to spare.


My suitcase was freshly polished on the outside and looking GOOD!


But something happened.

Stay tuned for next Tuesday – Back to Haunt Me

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca

Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges that you can sign up for HERE, because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.

Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca  has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!

Tanya presents High Performance Nutrition for Kids and Teens, How to Become an Efficient Fat Burner, hosts Raw Smoothie Parties and many more presentations. Please contact her to set up your presentation.

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