My name is Noria Thorpe I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and my healthy lifestyle journey started almost 10 years ago.
In the summer of 2009, my family learned that my mother had colon cancer. Not just any cancer, but stage 4 cancer. For those who don’t know, stage 4 means the person only has a short amount of time left. Needless to say, things in my household changed overnight. Between one day and the next, all processed junk foods were tossed and replaced. When I say junk food, I mean any food items that were made with ingredients that we couldn’t pronounce. This lead to us to only buying foods that were non-GMO, all natural, or organic. At first, I didn’t really understand how changing our food would affect anything, in my mind it was already too late and I was about to lose my mother. Boy was I wrong.
In the course of a few months, my mom went from a stage 4 to stage 3. A little bit longer, it went down to a stage 2. All that had really changed in her life was the quality of the foods she ate and getting a little bit more physical activity here and there. It was a huge eye opener on how what we eat & do can affect our body’s functionality. Because of a slight change to her lifestyle, I was able to have my mother almost 3 years longer than the doctor had originally predicted.
During this time period, the changes in my mother were not the only ones. Although I was never diagnosed, looking over old journal entries and status updates, and I’m about 95% sure I was battling some form of depression. My thoughts were always negative, I lacked energy, I didn’t know how to handle stress, and overall, I was mentally in a bad place. The anger, crying, and sadness were a constant in my life that I was convinced was just a part of my personality. I thought it was just something I would have to live with. Fastforward roughly 6 -7 months after the foods in our house changed, and my family started to notice the changes in my personality. I wasn’t staying closed off in my room as much, I was becoming more social. Personally, I didn’t feel as sad as often anymore. It was still there but never as bad as the previous years.
Even after my mother passed in the summer of 2012, as a family, we still decided to eat cleaner. It wasn’t always completely healthy but we at least aware that non-GMO, natural foods were the better option. My mother’s extended life expectancy and my almost one hundred and eighty degree behavior switch was all the proof we needed from a healthy lifestyle.
I have experienced first hand how the foods I eat and my activity level can have a positive effect on my daily living. I share this knowledge with my students, who reap the benefits of coming to my classes or doing my workouts, with the changes they feel in their bodies, and day-to-day lives. I hope you join this journey with me as well.