We all have obstacles. Yours could be fibromyalgia. It could be obesity. Or diabetes. There are infinite possibilities. I’ve been asked several times how I defy fibromyalgia. Trying to answer that in simple terms is difficult – there are so many things involved in this process. So I figured, why not devote an entire blog post to this complex, yet all-important question?
When you have something like FM, it’s easy to focus on the physical. The pain, the exhaustion, the feeling that you CAN’T do what other people can. Well, I’ve learned something that has changed the course of my journey: the MENTAL is much more powerful. Defying Fibromyalgia is about 80% mental / 20% physical on most days. Sometimes it’s more like 95/5.
The easy answer to how I defy it is this: I decided to. It’s a decision you make. A decision to fight back. Whether you’re fighting FM, diabetes, obesity, or some other obstacle, your mental state is the key to your success. Without the right mental state, none of the other elements are possible. Maintaining proper nutrition, sticking to a workout schedule, getting through those tough workouts – none of that would be possible without making a mental commitment first.
Anytime you decide you’re ready to tackle that obstacle that’s been controlling your life for far too long, you’ve already taken the first step. Defying FM – or anything else – is tough. It requires determination, tenacity, stubbornness, and FIGHT. Deciding to do it means you have those qualities.
Like all big accomplishments, there is certainly an emotional side to my ability to defy FM day in and day out. In the early stages, it was incredibly tough to remove my emotional self from the daily decision to fight. Every accomplishment was an emotional high. Every time I had a tough day, it was an emotional low. Those tough days made me feel like I was crazy for trying. That I couldn’t do this. Those days reminded me that I have FM. Luckily, the emotional investment made when I committed to this journey was more powerful than every negative thought I had.
The physical aspect of my journey has been critical to my ability to keep moving forward. I am motivated by my pain, my exhaustion, and my symptoms. When I began the journey, I completed the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. This was a HUGE part of overcoming my physical symptoms. It was a huge part of making a physical commitment to changing – of believing change was possible. For me, there was the necessity to have things get worse before they could get better. The first few days pushed me into horrific pain, but somehow I knew it was the end of it all.
As I moved through the process of defying FM, I entered the physical challenge of cardio exercise – which I honestly believed was impossible. Each day that I pushed play, I was retraining my mind and body to believe I could do this. Defiance enters the picture when the workout gets tough, when you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning to workout, and when you push through the pain to find your way to feeling better than ever.
The moral of the story? All things are possible. I NEVER thought I could overcome my symptoms. I NEVER imagined being able to put FM in the backseat. I NEVER knew I could live a life that wasn’t filled with pain every minute of every day. But, here I am. I’ve done just that. By continuing the fight, I’m achieving things I thought were impossible. That makes it possible for you, too. There’s nothing unusual about me. I just decided to try. You can too.