The Power of Exercise — a Personal Story
Several months ago I jumped into a healthier lifestyle. I started working out, eating better and using supplements. I was so excited to get out of the tired and rundown person I had become but something went haywire and knocked me on my butt.
At the same time I began my workout routine, I also started a business that involves a line of products for health and wellness as well as weight loss. I was posting my daily successes on my Facebook page and people were following my progress. Everything was falling into place perfectly. I had been taking the products for a year so I knew they were good and working for me. I got my husband on the same products and he had such great results so I knew we were on to something great. He looked fabulous and had more energy to do the things I wanted him to do, you know that 'honey do list', it was getting done! And with zero complaints. I felt like I had struck gold.
Things were going great personally and financially then WHAM, a big life stress hit me so hard that it threw my body into complete turmoil. It was a vicious cycle that I couldn't break. My brain would think all the worst stuff which caused my body to react in bad ways and my workout routine got pushed to the side to deal with the issue causing the stress. My energy level plummeted. I had to get on medication to stop the itchy hives that broke out all over my body. That medication caused me to eat more and well we all know what happens when you eat more. What a nightmare. I scratched so much that I caused open sores and bruises. I felt horrible inside and out. It took me months to figure out that I was not having an allergic reaction to what I was putting in my body. In all of the time it took me to stop eating, drinking or taking one thing at a time trying to rule out what might be causing the reaction, I managed to gain weight and become even more stressed because I wasn't healthy anymore. Have you been there before?
I was eating ibuprofen like it was candy. I hurt all of the time. Inactivity made my muscles and joints so incredibly sore. I knew that I needed to get moving but I was too tired to manage work, my daily chores and exercising. I retreated into myself. I tried to stay away from people as much as possible. I just wanted to hide. It is a vicious cycle, one that I am breaking!
First I had to find out what was causing my physical issues. What I found out about myself seems pretty basic: I am allergic to stress! I doubt I can rid my life of stress so I have to tackle what I know I can accomplish. For the most part I am in charge of my daily schedule other than work. It only takes about 15 minutes to get in some walking and running so I will not overload my schedule at least three days a week. When I can accomplish a month or two of this routine, it will become a habit. Yesterday was Day One and I already feel better! I didn't have to take any ibuprofen last night and I didn't wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I had been hit by a Mack truck. Success! Now it is time to deal with Day Two. I am taking it one day at a time.
The moral of this story is just get moving! Life stressers are always going to be lurking but the key is to move them out of your way somehow and take care of yourself first. For me, it isn't about being skinny, its about being healthy and feeling good.
Just get moving and everything else should fall into place.