It’s been a while since I’ve updated my story here. I guess I’ve been busy enjoying the fact that I have my life back. In the past several months, so much has happened. I’ve been privileged to speak with dozens and dozens of fellow fibro warriors that seem to want to make a change. All too often, the reality of the process scares them off. But, even so, I gained much from each interaction. It’s made me somewhat of an expert in the field, in spite of my lack of medical training and degrees. In my journey I found that doctors were never much help anyway. I discovered some interesting links in the backgrounds of each person and many correlations in the current lifestyle, nutrition, and lack of exercise.
It’s a gift to be able to connect and have people so openly share with me their stories and obstacles. What’s clear is that
these obstacles are HUGE and seem impossible to overcome. I remember what that was like. It’s also clear that there is a strong connection with a trauma of some kind and the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Almost every person I’ve spoken with either had childhood trauma (often repeated for many years in the form of abuse) OR a significant trauma as an adult, such as a serious injury or illness. It’s also clear that what we choose to nourish our bodies with TODAY will determine the course of our future. It will decide if we end up in a wheelchair or at the summit of a 13,000 foot mountain. I obviously chose the latter. It truly is a CHOICE. We choose to either give in or put up a fight. We choose to either say CAN or CAN’T.
What Made the Difference?
If you’ve followed my story at all, you know this hasn’t been easy. This ISN’T easy. There is no overnight solution. There is no magic pill. There is HARD WORK. There is the power of CHOICE. There is POSITIVITY. It’s frustrating to see the number of people who WANT so badly to make a change, but are too afraid to FAIL. Failure is a gift! Failure is our greatest teacher in life. Without failure, there can be no achievement. So what are you all afraid of? I admit, when I started my journey in March 2013, I was TERRIFIED of failure. I had no idea if I could do it. But you know what I was more terrified of? Living the fibromyalgia life. Living the same life I’d been living for many years. A life filled with pain and weakness; fear and exhaustion; hopelessness and depression. That scared me more than failure ever could. That’s what made the difference for me.
As soon as you realize you have 2 potential futures – one with constant pain, exhaustion, and perhaps even a wheelchair; or one with freedom, energy, happiness, and health – you’ll be on your way. Once you see that dark future; the fibromyalgia future – you become a WARRIOR. You become unstoppable. You will do anything to fight back, to take your life back. And that’s just what I did.
So, I started this whole crazy ride in March 2013 when I turned to my best friend who also happened to be a coach for Beachbody. The first thing I decided to do was deal with my nutrition. I knew what I was eating only made things worse. The MOST IMPORTANT thing I’ve done for myself is start using a superfood meal replacement shake called Shakeology. This has changed everything for me. Without it, I would NOT be where I am today.
So step 1 was a 21-day detox called The Ultimate Reset. This did AMAZING things for me. By the end, I felt almost “normal”. I was able to HIKE! I was vegan, coffee free, and medication free.
Step 2 was a cardio kickboxing program called Turbo Jam. Was it tough? Yes. Did I want to give up? YES. Did I feel like a failure almost every day? YES YES YES. BUT, I kept pushing play every day for 8 weeks. By the end, I had no symptoms.
Step 3 was a DIFFICULT cardio program called Turbo Fire. I have to admit, this seemed impossible when I previewed the videos before I started the program. But I DID IT. All 20 weeks of it. And fibromyalgia was LOSING.
Step 4 was a strength training program called ChaLEAN Extreme. I was amazed that I could lift weights! I hadn’t had symptoms in months. And I finished this program too.
Now I’ve moved onto P90X3. This program is tough too. But now I don’t even consider myself a person with fibromyalgia. I honestly don’t even think I would be diagnosed with it today. I have my life back because I FOUGHT for it. It’s been over 300 days since I’ve had a symptom. So you tell me if it was worth it. Tell me if it’s worth it to try. To fight back. To be willing to WORK HARD.
So, Where Do You Start?
You start by being willing to try. You start by telling fibromyalgia to take a back seat. You start by letting your DETERMINATION take over. I love sharing my story. I do it because I want every person out there with fibromyalgia or any other huge obstacle to know there is HOPE. There is always HOPE. My #1 goal in being a Beachbody coach is to help people who are ready to try. If you want to sit around and complain about your obstacles, I can’t help you. If you’re ready to FIGHT, I’m here to be your BIGGEST CHEERLEADER.
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