Monthly Archives: September 2013

Taking Things For Granted

I haven’t blogged on a regular basis in a couple years. This is something I’m going to try to change. I’ve been working on getting all the pages up and finished but I wanted to get the ball rolling. Basically I wanted a place where I could come and post about things that I’m excited about and a lot of that will include my health and fitness journey. One of my favorite parts of the entire process of weight loss is being able to inspire others to make the same choice to be more healthy. I know for many years I thought it was impossible. I had accepted that my weight was just the way I was supposed to be. Look at me now! It’s not impossible! It’s not always easy and you have to want it for yourself, for your life and for your future. It’s not a temporary fad diet so you can trim a few pounds by a certain deadline, it’s a lifestyle. My Health page is under construction but I hope to have my entire story and some pictures up there when it’s finished. If my weight loss has brought you here, you’re definitely going to want to check back and read up on that and until then, if you have ANY questions about my weight loss, my workouts, what I eat, Shakeology or anything else, feel free to drop me a line.

MOVING ON! The main reason I wanted to post is because I’ve been going through a bit of a struggle lately. It’s something that has pretty much halted or at least slowed my fitness goals (which means I’ve had to really watch what I’m eating). I thought it might be encouraging or inspiring to some if I shared about it. I know from time to time all of us encounter health issues. Whether you’re fighting off a small cold, the flu, a serious illness or you have physical injuries, not only can it be a source of stress and frustration but for those of us trying to keep up with health goals it can really be detrimental to our motivation. Maybe you might be stubborn like me and feel like you still have to push through the pain and just suck it up. We’re all different and maybe sucking it up and working through it helps in your case, but in my particular case this time around I learned the hard way that sometimes I just need to stop and give my body time to repair itself.

A couple years ago I first started having back issues. I woke up one morning and bent down to put a book on a lower shelf and that’s all it took to throw out my lower back. It’s crazy how easily back problems can arise. I think it lasted about two weeks the first time. It pretty much just went away on it’s own with a little bit of rest and anti-inflammatory medicine but before it started getting better I experienced the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I went to get up from my bed in a hurry and immediately fell to the ground in agony. I could not even get up for about 10 minutes. Ever since then, I have been living with a little bit of fear that it would come back and any time I felt any sort of twinge or discomfort in my lower back I’d immediately start to worry.

Over the last two years my back problem has flared up here and there, but nothing as serious or as painful as the first, thankfully. About a month ago, my back started flaring up again. It was just a little discomfort so I decided I’d still workout through it. It came about during a time where I was really motivated and determined to workout on a daily basis. I was jumping rope like a maniac to burn off extra calories and then some. The impact of jumping rope only made my back hurt worse (duh!) so I stopped in favor of lower impact workouts. It started to improve but every time it would, I’d start to amp up the workouts again and the following day my back work be hurting a little worse. It got to the point where I just had to stop ALL extra activity. So for the last week I’ve been resting. Still trying to stay off the couch/chair as much as possible but even walking too much seems to aggravate it sometimes. If I wasn’t so stubborn, the pain probably would have been gone weeks ago and yet here I am still struggling. Some days are worse than others and it’s gotten to the point now where I’m tired of ALSO being stubborn and not going in to get it checked out. I’ve had a couple people and my mother recommend acupuncture. I really believe in more natural and holistic forms of treatment and have a lot of personal opinions (which I won’t rant about right now) about health care, pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, etc. which have basically had me opting for homeopathic medicine to begin with. So all in all, I’m hopeful that acupuncture will be the right choice for me and hopefully will help get my body back on the mend so I can enjoy my favorite season and also get my fitness goals back on track! My first appointment is tomorrow and I’m kinda nervous about it.

Anyway.. moral of the story: Learn from me. Your goals are important, of course, but not at the expense of your health. Know your limits and remember to REST. Your body needs rest just as much as it needs activity. It’s not just about balance in your diet, it’s about balance in exercise too. I really wish I didn’t take my healthy back for granted and if I had just respected my body’s needs when the first warning sign surfaced, I would probably be back to my healthier (and happier) workout routine by now! Be patient. It’s not a race. You can press ‘PAUSE’ on your fitness goals any time you want. Just remember the plan is to eventually resume, so don’t press ‘STOP’ or keep it paused eternally! Take nothing for granted folks! This is just one example of ONE thing I’ve taken for granted and now wish I hadn’t. Let this be your reminder.

“It’s not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.” – Evan Davis

Sunday Snippets

Lately I’ve been on a mission to challenge myself more. I don’t even know why it started.. maybe I just felt like it would be a nice way to revive my life. Not that my life needed to be revived, but hey.. we can always use improving, right? So first it started with.. “30 Day Squat Challenge? 55-250 Squats a day? I CAN DO THAT!” I almost did too! But at Day 28 I threw my back out again. But hey! My legs have never looked better! Then I said.. “HEY! I’m challenging myself to drink more water daily. 12 8oz. cups per day? SURE!” Haha! This one is an ongoing challenge, but it makes a huge difference too. My skin has never looked so good!

Anyway, point is I like the feeling of seeing a challenge and having the confidence in myself to be able to see it through. Maybe this is the way I’ve been living my life for the last three years but it’s been great. So I want to encourage you to do the same. Challenge yourself! Whether it’s to workout more, break your own fitness records, drink more water, or just speak out every positive thought about someone. Seriously, have you ever watched someone after they’ve been complimented (especially girls) I feel like you can just see their aura glow when they’ve been complimented. NEVER HOLD BACK A COMPLIMENT! SPEAK IT! Anyway, I digress.. just challenge yourself. It keeps life interesting!

So, in the spirit of challenges.. I need to CHALLENGE myself to get back to blogging. I stopped over the last year and a half for really stupid reasons. Won’t go into detail, but blogging makes me happy and I’m on a mission to do more of what makes me happy. Also, I want a place to post about my fitness adventures (AND CHALLENGES) and start posting some before an afters. Something I wish I did when I first started my health journey 3 years ago. BUT, no time like the present! So I’ll work on digging up old photos and make a nice before and after to show you guys and start taking pictures more regularly so I can see my progress (because sometimes I still feel like I’m that 244 pound girl).

And one last snippet for today.. On this day 7 years ago, my brother left this Earth and joined the party up in Heaven. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed in that 7 years.. not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and even just the personal growth. I’ve changed so much just in this last year. I wonder if when he looks down from time to time if he’s proud of the woman I’ve become and the choices I’ve made. I’m sure he won’t agree with ALL of my choices.. but I hope he’s at least proud of me.

That’s all for today’s snippets. Going to work on updating the blog and fix some plugins and such! Stay tuned!