A Blog with a Purpose!

Hello, Friends!

I hope this evening finds you relaxed and well.

When I started this blog back in October of 2020, I was very honest about the fact that I had zero direction for where it would go. I simply knew two things; I wanted to write, and I wanted to connect.

After my previous blog post, Who Am I?, many reached out and thanked me for my honesty. These beautiful souls admitted it felt good knowing they weren’t alone in their feelings, and that it gave them hope that they too could get over their own internal struggles with “health” and weight.

For this, I’m thankful… because it was the validation I needed to move forward.

After 26 years of some form of dieting (yes… since I was 10), I diet no more.

I could not mean this more fully and with 100% certainty.

For the past month, I’ve been flooding my mind with all things self-love and body positivity, and I have to tell you – it’s been life-changing. I have attempted Intuitive Eating in the past, but it was never the right time for me, meaning; I wasn’t mentally ready to trust and accept my body as it is.

I have just come out of one month… diet free, and you know what?… I no longer step on the scale, the only Easter candy I’ve *enjoyed* is some Lindt Chocolate because I LOVE it, I stopped stuffing myself into my clothes and bought bigger ones that fit me comfortably and make me feel good in this season of life, and I stopped using my Fitbit to track calories burned during exercise, because calories burned is no longer my goal or my purpose to move my body.

I’ve realized that I am actually eating less overall, and I don’t even fully enjoy many of the foods I’ve been shoving into my mouth as much as I thought I did.

I’ve learned that by taking food obsession and weight out of the equation, I’m able to be more present and truly enjoy conversations and moments with loved ones.

I’m realizing all the over-indulgences were because those moments were limited and taboo and would soon be “off limits” once I started my next diet!

I have officially decided that chocolate truly is my most favorite food, and sitting down and enjoying *some* tastes so much better than mindlessly downing a bag in a moment of stress-eating or in an attempt to just get it out of the house.

As I’ve slowed down, enjoyed foods, and paid more attention to what I am eating, I’ve realized that I have *a bit* of a sensitivity to onions and/or garlic… and THAT is what causes some bloat and gas – NOT the fact that I ate some chocolate or didn’t “stick to my plan”.

I have no idea how much, if any, weight I have lost… but I know I feel amazing.

Literally, within the first few days of this Intuitive Eating journey, people were commenting on how healthy I looked and “my glow”.

Friends, there were literally no *physical* changes occurring.

What was changing was *internal*; my *mindset* and my beliefs within.

My future book (which will be a process and is nowhere near ready to be shared or published) will be a lot of my journey in this world of dieting and what I’ve overcome! But that is only part of it. As time progresses and my young kiddos are all in school, I plan to become a Certified Health and Life Coach, and that will be another part of my book – but those pages are yet to be lived, yet alone – written.

In the meantime, I feel excited and compelled to share my journey with you here, because I can… and because there are very few things worse than feeling like you’re alone when it comes to unhealthy and shameful thoughts about food and your body.

If I can inspire and encourage you with all the experiences, realizations, resources, ah-has, struggles, and triumphs NOW, my passion of coaching and helping others feel their absolute best and enjoy life to its fullest is already in the works!

This does mean this blog will be shifting to primarily health; body, mind, and soul, with a sprinkle of parenting here and there.

If you are someone who could use this – if you’re DONE with diets and trying to reach that “magic number” on the scale… if you want to be inspired and given hope that no matter how long you’ve been dieting, you too can overcome all of that… PLEASE click the subscribe button below, and please stick around.

I plan to post weekly, and I promise to be authentic, raw, personal, and relatable!

Sending all the love!

Published by Laurel

I'm a mama of three, teacher by degree(s), and a dual-certified health & life coach. I am EXTREMELY passionate about helping those with a history of disordered eating make peace with food, their bodies, and their minds as they embark on their health and wellness journeys. Having spent over 20+ years of being a disordered eater myself, I have firsthand experience with the power behind awareness, experimentation, patience, a strong mindset, and accountability. You are not alone, My Friends... and you're in good hands. We’re in this together! 💞 Follow me on Instagram @pacifythechaos

12 thoughts on “A Blog with a Purpose!

  1. I remember how this was a conversation had what 10 years ago now..I’m so happy to follow along on this journey with you


    1. This is so refreshing to read. Looking forward to following each and every post. Thanks for
      your inspiration!


  2. I love everything you’re saying! I was never a big dieter, but I’ve always struggled to love my body. I’m really working on this as I age. Keep up the great writing!

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    1. It’s great to hear you were never a big dieter, but yes… body love… so hard! I’ve realized recently that the more I *listen* to my body, and the more I focus on the *amazing* things my body can do and has done… the more I love it. 🙃


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