On May 19, 2013, I reached a major milestone in this journey of mine. I won’t say I “finished” anything, because I am far from done. In fact, I plan to keep on pushing for the rest of my life. The milestone? I completed a Beachbody Fitness Challenge, which to most might not seem like that big of a deal. But to me, it meant everything. When you have fibromyalgia, you’re not “supposed” to be able to do those things. And, realistically, I wouldn’t have been able to a year ago. Even 6 months ago. That’s really what the journey’s all about. Never giving up. Keep on trying until you can.
The first time I pushed play on Day one of my challenge, I was really hoping I could get through it. I wanted to believe, but I still had that dreaded word: “CAN’T” hanging over my head. That’s why I kept the journey private until now. Aside from family and one close friend, no one knew I had taken this challenge. I didn’t know if I could do it. So, I pushed play. And I did it. And on day 2, I pushed play again. And did it. Day 3, pushed play; did it. Well, you get the picture.
Turbo Jam: Through the Challenge
Somehow, I moved through the challenge, not really realizing just how amazing it was. “It” being what I was in the midst of accomplishing. When I would stop just for a second to reflect on it, I was astonished. I was doing something I never thought I would ever be able to do. I was paving the way for a future filled with possibilities. Hiking, tennis, maybe even running! Anything was possible. Or at least it was becoming possible.
After about a week and a half, I was moving out of the modified workout (low impact) into the regular workout. You know, the kind regular people do! How was that possible??? Well, I guess maybe it always was. I was adding weighted gloves, resistance bands and – OMG – jumping! What? Okay, so maybe those of you in perfect health don’t really get the big-deal-ness of this, but trust me it’s a big deal. To put it in perspective, I could barely walk up a flight of stairs before – both from excruciating pain and from complete exhaustion.
Not that I’m excited or anything. On Sunday, May 19th, I completed the last workout of my Turbo Jam challenge. Seriously. I freakin’ did it. And I gave that workout everything I had. 110% all the way baby! Immediately following my workout, I was elated. I felt a sense of pride I’d never felt before. I accomplished something so huge that it was hard to even comprehend just how much it changed my life. When I sat down on my bed to reflect on what I’d just done, I wept. I just wept. Happy tears. Tears of joy. Tears of pride. Tears of possibility. Tears of knowing that I can. Tears of knowing I would keep going forever. Because I can.
What Did Turbo Jam Do for Me?
What didn’t it do for me? Seriously. Here are a few things Turbo Jam has done for me. I know the list will grow when I start TurboFire® (which I will on June 3rd – don’t tell anyone, but I kind of already started – I couldn’t wait!). On with my list:
- I can hike now! Okay, really, there was no way in hell I could hike before. I could barely walk my dog. But now, I CAN HIKE. In fact, I’ve even made it to the peak of a mountain. Not a huge mountain, but a mountain nonetheless and that’s a major accomplishment.
- I’m happy. Yep, working out really does improve your mood. I’m so happy I think I irritate my family. I know I work James’ nerves. But I know he loves it.
- I feel good about myself. When I took the “before” pictures at the beginning of my challenge, I was not happy. I look super pissed in the photos because I did not want that camera pointed at me! AHHHH! But I’m so glad I have those to reflect on as proof of what I’ve achieved.
- Fibromyalgia has become smaller. As I pushed through the pain in the first few workouts, FM was becoming less of a force in my life. I was taking control. I was becoming the force that drives my life. Sounds crazy, but up until then it was FM. My symptoms are less prominent and almost non-existent. I have energy. I feel great.
- CAN’T became CAN. Simple as that. Now when I think of something challenging, I think “I wonder if I could do that”; before it would have been an immediate “Can’t do that”.
- I could go on. Turbo Jam changed everything.
Every day I pushed play, I was kicking FM’s ass. I was making it smaller. This is my journey. And FM doesn’t get to win.
There are no excuses. Just try. Just give it your all. And you just might be surprised.
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