I have always enjoyed fitness. High impact running, intense step aerobics and boot-camp style workouts were my favorites. After years of “pounding” my body and not paying attention to the messages it was sending me, I herniated several discs in my low back. I tried to avoid surgery for over a year using traditional therapies with no success.
In 2006, I lost feeling in my left foot and required spinal surgery to release the pressure on the compressed nerves. I was no longer able to perform the exercises to which I had become accustomed. I soon was overweight and unhappy. I had become the stereotypical overweight and under-appreciated housewife. My confidence level was very low.
I was frustrated, depressed, angry, sad, envious, embarrassed, and weak. Admittedly, 90% of the time I’m a very positive, happy, see-the-bright-side kind of person. Yet, I would be a phony if I didn’t admit that I have had all of these feelings at one point or another following my microdiscectomy (low back) surgery.
At my post surgical check-up, I got the news; Eight weeks off. No more running, boot camp style workouts, and hours a day at the gym. Deep breaths. Force a smile. Get a better attitude and come up with a plan. Fine, I can do this. As soon as I was able, I started walking around my neighborhood (in my nightgown and slippers, really!) I went from being in the best shape of my life, to feeling weak, out of shape, and frustrated! It wasn’t just missing the workouts that were making me feel down. It was also attributable to missing running, coupled with the disruption to my daily routine of seeing my peeps at the gym. I didn’t feel like myself mentally or physically. I wanted to explain to everyone why I wasn’t myself, but I hate excuses and besides, this was pretty minor compared to the things that many other people had to deal with. Don’t be a baby.
After three months, I was able to start low impact exercising again. I had gained 15lbs, felt very weak, soft, and mushy. Even though I was not “killing” myself at the gym, I was happy again! I was me! I started doing 21 Day Fix, Brazil Butt Lift and the entire Team Beachbody On Demand Fitness Library. In addition, I added an all-natural, 72-ingredient all natural protein shake called Shakeology® to my diet and weight loss plan. I was a renewed, happy, positive woman with more energy and optimism then I’d had in a long time.
I recognize that I have been given this experience to teach others how to better cope. Injury often brings on a wide range of emotions from frustration to depression. I knew it was time to change my thinking. Firstly, your weight does not define you! Secondly, your body fat does not define you. The self-worth that I feel is the result of doing for others, helping. Even if tomorrow I lost my physical health permanently, my life’s purpose has become to help others to live full lives! I try to allow people to see what they are capable of doing to improve their self-worth, and the confidence that emerges when you do that for yourself and help others in the process. Winning is a habit. So develop a new plan. Define yourself by what you do for others, and not by the number on the scale and I promise your major setback will become minor and happiness will be yours to have.
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