Please enjoy and be inspired by today’s guest blogger, Rose Dominia. Rose is what we call a SHE-RO…yes, that’s the female version of a hero. Learn about her success story here and make sure to leave a comment below!
Rose trains remotely from San Francisco, CA. She has participated in our live trainings, our Way Of Life 21-Day Detox and our 6-Week Transformation Contest with great success. Read and be inspired! Thank you, Rose, you are an AMAZING person on so many levels. Keep up the great work! – Coach Forrest
LOVE Yourself, LOVE your Health
Hello everyone. My name is Rosemarie Dominia and I am 28 years old and am born and raised in San Francisco.
I have been a registered nurse for seven years.
I met Forrest about 2 years ago when the Daly City Way Of Life Boot Camp location existed. As all of you know, Forrest is great. One of his greatest gifts is to inspire others to be healthy by tailoring his interventions to the individual. He is truly special and we are lucky to have him. He has helped me to make great strides in my health.
Forrest asked if I could share my personal story with all of you.
I am all for sharing to help others. However, this is the first time I have shared my struggles with health and to warn you, it will get a bit personal.
We all struggle in maintaining our health for different reasons. Mine is more of a psychological battle.
Growing up, I was bullied and called ugly and many other names due to chronic eczema.
I grew up in an area that is primarily surrounded by fast food joints such as McDonalds or Burger King.
Going to the liquor store, sodas and candies were the most accessible.
I come from a Filipino family where the food is DELICIOUS, but not necessarily NUTRITIONAL. I was a skinny child.
In 2003, I started college and gained the Freshmen 50. My weight increased to 165-170 pounds. I was pre-hypertensive with elevated cholesterol levels in my early 20’s.
This was the most I had ever weighed in my life. Pants size = 12-14. Over the years I lost weight, via stress, but would normally fluctuate between 128-135 pounds. I never really paid attention to exercise and thought since I was young that my body can handle it and recover on its own.
Fast forward to 2013, this was a difficult year.
I was rear-ended twice very heavily, which exacerbated my shoulder injuries. Around that time, I found out that my mother’s cancer metastasis had progressed. My cholesterol levels were once again elevated and were higher than in my early 20’s.
I knew I had to make immediate changes. My doctor suggested that I try life style modifications to decrease my cholesterol and if it was still elevated after 6 months, to start on a medication.
I had every intention to not be on a pill for the rest of my life.
For 6 months, I had exercised at least twice per week and had eaten the best I could. When I rechecked my levels in December of 2013, they were back to normal.
I was extremely happy to see the improved results. But yet again, the holidays came around and I started to eat irresponsibly. I was feeling bloated, gassy, moody, irritable and gained weight. I could not fit into any of my pants.
I decided to join the Way Of Life 21-Day Detox in January and did what I could with improved results.
After the detox I slipped into bad eating habits, yes again… Additionally, shortly after the end of the detox, I was hit once again; yes, a third car accident in February. It was a side swipe while I was on my way to work.
I remember looking at the sky after I was hit and asked the universe “why?”
This traumatized me.
When an incident occurs multiple times in your life, you cannot help but wonder if there is a lesson to be learned.
Taking a step back, it made me realize that I put my job, my family and my friends before my own health.
In hindsight, the third accident was an epiphany; it pushed me in the right direction to focus on ME.
To be honest, I never felt comfortable in my own body.
I always had the memories of being called “ugly” and “disgusting” in the back of my mind.
Although my love would call me beautiful, I would never believe it because I could not see it myself. But I was already exercising, I had the knowledge in my mind and knew what the right thing to do for my health was, but never did it. Why?
I DID NOT LOVE MYSELF ENOUGH TO LOVE MY HEALTH!
I WAS NOT PASSIONATE TO BE HEALTHY!
This transformation challenge came at a perfect time and it was the perfect opportunity to practicing this new realization. This was truly a challenge because it was the first time I had to confront my inner hate to see the value in my own health.
I wanted to prove to myself that I was worth it to be healthy and beautiful.
The definition of beauty varies from individual to individual. For me, it was to look into the mirror and say, “This is the Rose that I am, and that is the Rose that is perfect in her own way.”
In the beginning, the requirements of this challenge were difficult. How do I reach 120 grams of protein and 50 net carbohydrates per day?
How do I take this coconut oil without gagging? It seemed impossible.
But I always reminded myself that I am doing this to nurture my health. The difficulties that existed in the beginning, eventually faded into loving each meal I prepared and consumed and loving each exercise and drop of sweat I perspired.
The transformation challenge essentially became a way of life.
I realized that in order to love your health, you have to love what you are doing to strive for good health.
For me, it is to eat healthy, kickboxing and dancing.
My belief is that humans are driven to achieve a goal by their passion, because it results in a “feel good” attitude. Think about it… every craving of “chocolate” is because you “love” the taste of it because it stimulates your brain to temporarily release endorphins that make you “feel good.” Why do something that makes you feel like you are suffering? Can broccoli or exercise have the same affect?
Ask yourself the question: “What things could you “love” to do or be passionate about that result in a healthy outcome?”
There is not one answer; there is not a right answer. Like life, we are in the midst of constant change. The more exact question is, “What thing could you love to do or be passionate about in the moment that results in a healthy outcome?”
Sometimes creating short term goals is more achievable, because it is realistic in the moment. Goals change, because we change, our life changes day to day, hour to hour and every second.
I am not a perfect individual. I have my strengths and my weaknesses.
I continue to make mistakes but attempt to get back up and try again. But this challenge is the beginning of a new adventure. What is different this time is that I have more control of being an advocate for my own health. My hope is that you can find that in yourself and to share your success with others.