I first met Diamond Dallas Page in 1999. He was still in the wrestling ring and I was his massage therapist. I fixed his body and he later helped me fix mine:)) In Jan. 2000 I was 6 months shy of turning 50 and was over weight, feeling old, hormonal, sad and afraid. I had just buried my mother after watching her have several heart attacks/strokes in an 18 month period and knew that I was traveling down her same path and was helpless to stop the train wreck that was coming. I believed what the doctors had told me. They reminded me that this is what happens as one grows older and go through menopause, gains weight, eventually gets sick and then dies. Dallas had his own ideas on aging!!
He first listened to my sad story and then he looked me in the eyes and said “STOP WHINING ABOUT GETTING OLDER AND START GETTING HEALTHIER BY EATING GOOD FOODS AND TO START MOVING YOUR BODY EVERY DAY. ” HE SAID THAT I WAS WORTH MY EFFORTS:)) HE ALSO TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED TO MOVE MYSELF TO THE TOP OF MY PRIORITY LIST. HIS WORDS CHANGED MY LIFE BECAUSE I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE AND TOOK CONTROL OF MY LIFE! I CHANGED MY APPROACH TOWARD AGING AND LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. I BECAME A PARTICIPANT IN MY OWN LIFE AND TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO ME.
6 months later–HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME I was 64 pounds lighter, lost many and went from an 18-20 dress size to a size 8. I felt 50 and FABULOUS!
SO BEGAN HIS CONCEPT OF DDPYOGA BECAUSE I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO BELIEVE AND ACT ON HIS WORDS! This is why many of you in the DDPYOGA family know me as the “Godmother” of DDPYOGA and am the official 1st member:)
For my 61 birthday after reading “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis, I decided to raise my nutrition to the next level (I had been eating dairy free since 2005 and gluten free since 2007–see later blogs for more details) and eliminated most processed foods including all those gluten free goodies that had hit the market and convinced people that since it was “gluten free” that it was healthy! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME–I LOST 20 MORE LBS AND 2 DRESS SIZES AND SEVERAL INCHES. I WAS WEARING SIZE 4 SKINNY JEANS TO MY BIRTHDAY PARTY:) LESSON FINALLY LEARNED–YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!
I have been living his DDPYOGA lifestyle for 12 YEARS now. It was NEVER intended to be a diet but rather a way in which to eat, exercise, live and age in better health. It is definitely about attitude and self worth.
I have had quite the experience in aging along side Dallas and my DDPYOGA family and I look forward to sharing more of my journey and my discoveries on how to age in good health with you. I challenge YOU TO TAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY JOURNEY!!