Starting Over

by lizclark on July 26, 2013

3 months ago, I started over.

I’ve started over in this area more times than I care to admit.  Embarrassing, really, to have “grown up,” but still be so far behind in this one area.

What area?

My health.

I’ve struggled with my weight and health for years.  Bad habits stacked upon bad habits…it’s amazing how much “unhealthy” you can ignore when you’re busy working.

For years, I was able to somehow push through.  But then, my busy lifestyle started to catch up with me: migraines, severe vertigo and low energy.  Being 60 pounds overweight didn’t help.

Then, I started waking up with pain every. single. day.  I was sluggish, unfocused and irritable.  The constant pain started to make life difficult to enjoy.  I couldn’t sleep well, which caused anxiety and even more stress.  I did my best to stay positive, but it was one of the hardest struggles of my life.

Then, I finally reached a place where I decided enough was enough.  My doctor started saying the “F” word…that’s right…”Fibromyalgia.”  I sought out help from friends and experts in the health & fitness industry and started my own health journey.  Again.

And I started making slow progress.  But, I kept feeling like I was up against an invisible wall.  Have you ever felt that way?

There’s a “formula” for success I’ve used in my career and life that I decided to apply to my health journey.  It’s pretty simple:

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I realized that for some strange reason, I was expecting AWESOME results in my health with…

  • a terrible outlook
  • limited knowledge  and
  • half-hearted action

The “invisible wall” I was hitting…was actually…ME!  My ridiculous expectations that my body should just “perform” because I wanted it to.  I’m not an expert on health & fitness, but even I know enough to know that approach wasn’t gonna work!

So, I dug deeper…

  1. Knowledge – With the help of my “health team” and my own research, I started learning about foods in my diet that could be causing the pain/inflammation I was experiencing.  I also learned that chronic pain is linked to a high-stress lifestyle.
  2. Positive Outlook – Ok, I’ll admit this came second.  And is still a daily battle.  By nature, I am not a positive person.  I have to choose to be positive each day.  But the power of positivity is HUGE.  I forgave myself for abusing my body and started encouraging myself by telling myself that I would get better.  It’s working!
  3. Action – I became really honest with myself.  On my journey back to health, simply restricting calories and “showing up” for the treadmill wasn’t cutting it.  I needed to get serious.  I cut back on my overcrowded schedule.  I made a plan with my wellness practitioner and then I followed through.  I’m currently on a detox purification program, eating super healthy foods every single day, drinking LOTS of water and doing exercise that I enjoy.

The past 3 months haven’t been perfect, but I have made progress!  Here are my results so far:

  • Lost 14 pounds
  • Lost 12″ overall —> down 2 pants sizes!!
  • NO MORE migraines, vertigo or sluggishness…and off ALL medication!
  • NO MORE PAIN!!

At Chiro 7.25.13

 

That’s pretty incredible when you think about it.  Will you celebrate with me?  I need all the help I can get staying focused on this health journey.  I want to be strong and healthy for LIFE, not just to reach a number on a scale.  Or maybe you’re struggling, too?  Let’s encourage each other!  Together we can get this done!  I believe in you!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie July 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

That’s awesome Liz It felt like I was reading my own story. :) I’m championing you.

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lizclark July 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Thank you, Julie! You have been a wonderful champion on this journey! I’m championing you, too!! :)

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Alison July 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

What an inspirational read! I have been struggling with some similar things as well and am lost with what to do to better my health and positivity. I am flying blind. Outside of going to the gym when I can and trying to eat better, I have done nothing. It is a start but I have a long way to go. I can’t seem to find local resources to help me out and guide me in the right direction. Anyway, enough about me. Congratulations on your journey so far and I am sure you have a very positive future ahead!!!!

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lizclark July 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Thank you, Alison! It is a daily battle and I know that feeling all too well! Have you ever tried chiropractic? That has helped me more than I can describe – especially since my chiropractors are really “wellness practitioners” who have advised me about my health. Also, I was lost at the gym without a personal trainer!

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Amy July 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

That’s great, Liz, that you’re taking charge of your health and making such progress! Keep up the great work! :)

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lizclark July 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Thank you, Amy!!

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Pam July 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Well, I made an appointment for the afternoon with the Chiroprator/nutritionist I mentioned to you on Instagram. She talked with me on the phone and I will see her later. Praying that the “self-control” fruit grows big in me!! I completely identify with the “I’m not by nature a positive person” line. As you probably know, I am not either. I see the glass half empty and then fret over what I did wrong! But..I’ll be 50 in a few weeks and this is as good a time as any to change direction.

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lizclark July 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Pam, that is AWESOME! So proud of you! Celebrate small steps and take a risk – what do you have to lose? I’ve found as long as I’m focusing on my flesh, self-control is impossible. It’s helped me to read the gospels and Acts and remember all that Christ did for me…and all the early church went through. I want to honor the Lord in the way I treat this body. I’m praying for you Pam!!

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Alison August 1, 2013 at 6:38 AM

I used to go to a chiropractor until about a year ago when he retired. I would love to find a new one that offers all yours does. So far I have not had that succes here locally. I also met with a personal trainer a few times but then between my traveling and hers, I have yet to find my way back to her :) When summer break is over and things settle back down I am going to jump back into focusing on my goals. Right now the kids are my biggest distraction.

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lizclark August 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I know how busy summer can get with kiddos around! Feel free to email me (liz at getlifedone.com) and I’ll ask my chiros if they know anyone near you – they’re usually networked! All the best to you!

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