July 16, 2016 by Heather
I received a message this morning from a client that was so excited she lost 15 pounds, even after being on vacation! This was huge for this particular client because she has been having difficulty losing weight due to the inflammation in her body. I know her internal struggle. I’ve been there for the tears. This made my morning. When we are very inflamed, weight loss, will be the last thing to go as a result of addressing the inflammation. I know sometimes this is hard to hear.
It occurred to me after receiving that message that often, as practitioners, our clients journeys closely mirror our own. There are no accidents. This message today started me thinking about my own journey and how it mirrors hers since moving to New Mexico. If you read my last blog post you know the story of my stressed out existence prior to my big move here. Soon after I moved, I started putting on weight and couldn’t figure out why. Sometimes, as a health coach, it is hard to be objective with yourself. It is not as easy to unravel your own puzzle than it is to unravel a clients. Let’s look at the onion and peel its layers back. I was in an abusive relationship, lived in another stressful situation when I left that abusive relationship, moved twice (one across the country), went of birth control pills, increased my thyroid meds and stopped my antibiotics for the Lyme. My poor adrenals! My confused body did not know what end was up. I know what I would say to client. Not so easy to have that talk with yourself. I’m patient with my clients. I meet them where they are at. So very hard to do when it is you.
I can see how my clients can get frustrated. I’ve been in this situation before myself. Why work out and eat right when I continue to put on weight, or at least am not able to lose it? This is the mentality that lurks in the back of my head. And I’m sure it lurks in the back of my clients heads. And for those of you that know my story, weight gain for a person with a history of eating disorders is equally devastating.
But I continued on, doing my daily workouts and eating clean, confident that I would unravel the mystery. Thank goodness for my boyfriend that didn’t throw me out of the house! 😉 Sometimes, as practitioners, we need to step outside of our own demons to see the bigger picture. Sometimes our clients that are going through similar things help us to do that. At this point, I’m pretty confident I’m on the right track and have answers with the help of some recent labs. This morning I went for a run and was faster and less tired than I was last week, validation that what I’m doing is working, maybe just not as fast as I’d like. Hey I’m human!
I know sometimes it would be easier to throw in the towel, to sit on the couch with a bag of pretzels. Trust me, it was tempting. But if I hadn’t continued to move, if I hadn’t continued to eat clean then I would be worse off than I am. It is so easy to keep going when you are seeing forward progress. It can be so frustrating when you are working hard and not seeing the results you’d like. But once your body catches up and once you address the issues that are causing your body to hang onto the weight and inches, you WILL see the results and all the efforts of clean eating and exercise will have paid off.
If you’d like help getting to the root causes of why you are stuck, I’d love to help. I know my journey has been helpful to many of my clients but their journey’s have equally blessed me in helping my own self to heal.
I’d love to hear your story. Feel free to send me a message or share in the comments below!
Peace & Love!
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April 6, 2012 by Heather
Some of you may know I recently traveled to the Bahamas on the Success Club trip. It was great and I had a blast. The travel kicked my butt though and I’ve been having a hard time bouncing back.
I exercised while there and have continued to exercise upon my return. I am often asked by fellow fibro peeps how I do it. I wish I had a fantastic, fabulous, enlightening answer. But, alas, I don’t. My answer is simple… I just do it.
Today I could have stayed in bed for many more hours. But I got up, sucked down my E and E and headed out for a 5 mile tempo run. Was it rough? Sure was! But I refuse to let the fibro win!!
Some may not agree with the method to my madness. I accept this and move on. My words of wisdom are, we all start somewhere. This applies to non fibro peeps as well. I’m not saying you need to go out and run 5 miles tomorrow. But start somewhere. Kick fibro or your stumbling block in the hiney. You are in control!!
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December 30, 2011 by Heather
I have received alot of questions lately in regards to how I manage to exercise and stay fit while having Fibromyalgia. I have even been accused of not having it. I guess there are some people in this world that would try to pass themselves off as having fibro, but I can assure you that is not me. My goal is to help those that want the help and to be an example that life does not stop with this diagnosis. And it saddens me that someone would do this to people that are just looking for help. I’m also not sure what said person would gain from this…but I digress! I thought this would be the perfect place to address the question, comments etc. so that it can serve as a resource down the road. And I won’t lie, I don’t want to have to keep typing my story over and over! It’s hard on the fingers!!!
My story! I was diagnosed about a year ago but I have been in pain since 2004. I have been exercising consistently since I was 10. Mom had me running with her then!! So I already had a fitness base. I did not stop when I started having pain and I did not stop when I was diagnosed. Diagnosis was actually a relief for me, as I knew exactly what was going on and I knew I wasn’t doing any damage by continuing to exercise. Now I do realize that not everyone that is diagnosed has the fitness base I had. But that does not mean you can’t start SOMEWHERE. Exercise for me makes my pain levels better, on most days. I feel a difference when I do not move. I will not lie, there are some days, like this morning, that are really rough. Did I really want to go outside this morning in the freezing cold? Heck no!!! It was cold, and we all know what that does to our muscles, and my legs hurt. They didn’t want to go this morning. I didn’t want to go this morning. But I did. And my body thanks me for it. The less you move the more you body atrophies, the more weight you put, and the more stress this puts on your body. Your body needs to be the healthiest it can be to fight this condition.
Now yes I’m a bit stubborn! Perhaps that helps!!! A parasite three months ago couldn’t keep me down! But the way I look at is, I can let the fibro win or I can fight. Fight like hell and not let IT win! So what does someone do that was exercising but stopped because it hurt or someone who wasn’t exercising at all? You need to start slow and realize that it may hurt at first. Even those people without fibro that start an exercise program hurt for awhile! And there may be days, even after you’ve been exercising for awhile, that it will still hurt. Figure out what exercise works for you and don’t get frustrated when progression is slow. The point is, you are doing something and over time the effects will add up!
And of course exercise is not the only component to why I “look the way I do” as some people put it. Nutrition is key and is especially key with fibro! There are so many foods that can cause an inflammatory reaction in us. Of course, we are all different and I really encourage using a food diary to figure out what foods YOUR body does not like. And we cannot forget the all important supplementation. I don’t take meds for my fibro. I manage my fibro with diet, exercise and supplementation. Again, as we are all individual, what may work for me may not work for you. Just like with meds, we need to figure out what works for us. Your doctor doesn’t start you on 5 meds at once, right? Or atleast I hope he/she doesn’t. Same thing with supplements, start one thing at a time to figure out what is working.
You also should take a look at your sleep. If you aren’t getting proper rest you need to really look at how to get yourself to the point that you are. Your body repairs itself during REM stage sleep and if you are not getting this then your body is never repairing itself. This causes increased pain, and it becomes a vicious cycle. Many of the meds prescribed do not allow for REM stage sleep so take a look at what you’re taking and see if the problem lies there. There are so many great natural remedies for sleep!
Since the day I got diagnosed it became my goal to help as many people with this condition as I could lead healthier lives with the least amount of pain possible. Of course, there are going to be days that are better than others. Just because I exercise and “look good” does not mean I’m not in some degree of pain daily. I am. I just choose to not let it win. Are there really bad days where I want to cry and crawl under a rock? Yes! I get it out and move on. The pets won’t get fed and the dishes won’t get done if Heather is not a functioning member of society.
Will everyone agree with my methods? No! Will I get criticism and skepticism? Yes! Will I still get accused of not having fibro? Heck yes! Will I still get questions about how I do it? Yes, and I encourage them! I hope to be a source of inspiration to those that need it, a source of information for those that seek it and a friend to those that need it.
Now bring on the questions!!!
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July 25, 2011 by Heather
I do my best thinking while running, which is ONE of the reasons why I don’t listen to music during a run. While I was running this morning I began thinking about some things that I already knew but that really hit home today.
Today was my first day back running after a week off. As I was plodding along, and I do mean PLODDING, I began to think about how quickly the body forgets. My legs did not want to do what I wanted them to do. My mind wanted them to go quicker and ya that wasn’t happening! And I have a little theory that fibromyalgia sufferers just may have a harder time with this muscle memory thing, but that is just my humble opinion.
And what a difference what you put in your body makes! Of course, I know this. But alas my friends, I did not eat the best during my week off. Let us just say it was not ALL super clean. Had my eating been spot on during my recovery week, the plodding might have been a bit faster this a.m. In fact, I’m sure it would have been. But I’m not beating myself up. I had a semi-relaxed week, continued working out, ate 75% clean and now I’m back at it. Today was the start of my half marathon training and the beginning of my plant based diet. I am looking forward to re-evaluating in a month to see where I’m at! We are all a work in progress!
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June 25, 2011 by Heather
This morning I dragged myself out of bed dreading the five miles I had on the schedule today. As some of you may know I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I’m trying to get it under control. Well, I had my cheat meal last night so that always makes me feel under the weather the next day. And my body is still not in sync with the Eastern time zone yet after my trip to Los Angeles last week.
Ya, ya, ya…quit your whining right!? 🙂 Well I did my normal routine of feeding the gang and I dragged myself upstairs to put on my running clothes. I continued to drag myself outside and off I went. To my amazement I actually had a good run. Despite feeling like crap, I managed to make good time, I didn’t puke and I lived to tell about it! But my run is not the reason I’m writing today. ….
While I was running I began to wonder what makes some people do the thing that they really don’t want to do and what makes some people sit on the couch and promise to do it tomorrow. Because let me tell you, it would have been SO easy for me to go back to bed, eat breakfast, sit on the couch or do something else besides running this morning! Because I REALLY did not want to go for that run! Are some people just more motivated than other people? Do some people want the results more than others? Do some people value their health more than others? I don’t know the answers to these questions but I do wonder…. Because if there was a specific reason why some do the thing that they really don’t want to do and some don’t well that would make my job in helping people easier right?
You can’t want something for someone more than they want it for themselves. Someone said that at Summit, and forgive me for not remembering who, but it is SO true! I can’t count the endless times I have wanted someone to try Shakeology or get started on a fitness program or just do something to improve their health, not because it would benefit me but because I knew that they would feel so much better if they just took those first steps. It is a hard lesson to learn, but it does them no good for ME to want it for THEM. Sigh……
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