When I started this journey, pretty much everything seemed impossible. I was told by “experts” that the most exercise I could ever hope to do would be yoga and walking. So, for YEARS, I accepted that as fact. I accepted that this was my life – this would always be my life. But, when it comes down to it, what do they know? They don’t have fibromyalgia. They don’t know what a stubborn, determined FIGHTER I am. Yes, it’s tough. And most people probably wouldn’t do what I’ve done. But I have PROVEN that it’s possible. After that, it’s up to you.
The Change in Mindset
I remember how I felt when I considered doing my very first program, Turbo Jam. There was no one out there saying “this is possible because I did it”, so I was left to wonder if it really was possible at all. But I was determined to find out. So in spite of my mindset of “I really may not be able to do this”, I tried. And I did it.
The same thing happened with TurboFire. I looked at the videos and thought, “How in the hell am I going to do this? Is this even possible?” I mean, it REALLY seemed impossible. But I pushed play that very first day and I never stopped. 20 weeks later I was done. And something magical happened midway through the program. My mindset changed.
Somehow, I stopped being someone with fibromyalgia and started being someone overcoming an obstacle. As soon as that switch was flipped, everything changed. To this very day, I’m asked to share my story with others because it is seen as “amazing” and I am uncomfortable with it. I feel that I am the same as everyone else. I see myself as a (very stubborn) woman with a (tough) obstacle. I see myself as someone that USED to have fibromyalgia. I see myself as just like you. Just like anyone else that has something to overcome. (which is everyone)
My Latest “Impossible” Accomplishment
I’m 8 weeks into my latest program, ChaLEAN Extreme. It’s a circuit training program with a HUGE focus on strength training and lifting HEAVY. Believe me when I tell you that, once again, I wondered if this program would be possible for me. But, unlike the other times, as soon as I had that thought I remembered each previous obstacle. I remembered the first time I pushed play on Turbo Jam, the first time I completed a TurboFire HIIT workout, and the overwhelming achievement of summiting 13,000-foot Mount Audubon and completing an 8 hour, 19 minute hike. With those thoughts came the reality that, while CLX might be difficult, it IS possible. One thing I’ve learned in this amazing journey so far is this: “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. And I do mean anything.
As I started my final circuit with CLX today, I knew it would be tough. I previewed the workouts and with mouth gaping opened I thought, “holy crap, this is going to be tough. But I can totally do it.” Day 1, Lean Circuit 1. Seriously guys, this is a tough workout. There are tricep pushups, plank with a single arm tricep extension, and a zillion other things that I would never have even attempted only 1 year ago. But I did it. And I will complete the next 4 weeks with the same determination and drive as every single other challenge. Because that’s what I’m made of.
Why TRYING is the First Step
As soon as you make the decision to try, you’re changing your mindset. Your choosing CAN over CAN’T. Your choosing a better life. No matter what your obstacles, this is the first step to changing everything. I never imagined 1 year ago that I’d be where I am today. I was in terrible pain constantly and my life was HARD every second of every day. I was depressed and hopeless. I was overweight and unhealthy. And I figured that’s how it would always be. Until I’d had enough. Until I decided to TRY.
So, when will you make that choice? When will you decide enough is enough?
2014 will bring even bigger advances for me. I will complete program after program, continuing this life-changing trend. Continuing to defy the odds. Continuing to leave my obstacle in the dust. Continuing to forget that I used to be a girl with fibromyalgia. Continuing to be a FIGHTER that overcame an OBSTACLE.
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