Shannon and I went to college together. I met her through Gina, my BFF since the first few weeks at UCLA. Shannon and Gina went to the same high school. One day, in passing, Gina introduced me to Shannon while we were roaming around the dorms or in one of the many dining halls. Probably an interaction of less than 15 minutes.
But, it was normal in college to “friend” someone on Facebook almost immediately after you met. Even if the only interaction you had with them was taking a shot of tequila.
So, I’ve been “friends” with Shanny for some time. But nothing more than a “like” on her photos when she got married or a “like” on a status about graduating from medical school.
I’m not even sure when I started to follow her on Instagram. It was probably just that one-click, “Sure, I’ll be friends with EVERYONE I’m friends with on Facebook” follow.
So it was crazy to me that Instagram should notify me that @shanny_DO was about to start a live video. How strange. How do they even determine which people to notify you about?
But, here I was. Absorbed in my cell phone. Wanting to escape from anything to do with this Appalachian area.
So, I jumped on this “live video” to hear what Shannon had to say.
Let me preface this by saying Shannon is an internal medicine resident who is very interested in preventive medicine (e.g. all things nutrition, sleep, moving more, etc). (You can find her blog here and her Instagram page here). She had hopped on an Instagram live video that night to answer questions about nutrition, GI-related topics, and overall health.
I stayed tuned in for the entire video.
I was at a really low point health-wise. Even though I had been doing the Shakeology thing for a while. My energy was great, but I wasn’t seeing a ton of results physically. And I was starving all the time. It’s been harder to lose weight at a sedentary office job. And it’s definitely not helpful when the only options to socialize around here are 1) drink a bottle of wine at someone’s house or 2) go out to eat at a place that specializes in deep-fried BBQ.
During Shannon’s video, I found myself wanting to pull out a pencil and paper and write down everything she said.
One theme she kept coming back to was, “Nutrition isn’t a one-size fits all.”
Her words kept buzzing through my head long after the video was over.
Shakeology has worked for so many people. Why not me?
Weight Watchers has worked for so many people. Why not me?
Calorie counting has worked for so many people. Why not me?
Whole30 has worked for so many people. Why not me?
“Nutrition isn’t a one-size fits all. You have to find what works for you.”
Shannon – if you’re reading this, I want to thank you for putting that little bug in my ear. For helping me step back and realize that I’m not insane. For explaining that maybe there was a better way to nourish my body. And that it may not look the same as Person X or Person Y.
I’m a spiritual person that believes in the power of the universe. And I believe that the universe – combined with Instagram’s magical algorithm – had Shannon’s video pop up on my phone that day.
And I am so grateful.
Because, since that day, so much has changed.
I love my workouts in the early morning. I found a way of eating that suits my body and doesn’t leave me feeling starving in between meals. (Robin is another gift from the universe. But, more on her in another post!). I love how I feel. Energized, but not frantic. At a moderate, steady level all day long.
But, most importantly, I’ve seen a lot of personal growth.
Less looking around and comparing myself to others.
And more tuning into my self and my heart and my gut and realizing what works and doesn’t work for me.
I love this new way of life.
It’s taken me a long time to get here.
But, somehow, the universe (and social media) heard these cries for help and placed the best of the best people into my life.
When I needed them the most.
Questions of the Day:
- Have you ever stumbled upon someone (or something) at the exact time that they were needed?