By Laura Kelly-Pifer
I just had to share this with you all today because I feel that there are times in life where we may just want to give up on what we’re doing. It might be our fitness and nutrition goals or maybe something else that we’re working to achieve. Why is that?
It might be because we aren’t necessarily seeing the results we had hoped to right away, it might be because we need to make changes and don’t want too or it might be because of something like what’s happening to me right now that’s causing quite the hiccup.
For those of you that have been following me for a while now, you know that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I’ve been living the “good life” the last few months. I’ve been predominately pain free and completely off ALL of my medication. It’s been a blessing!! My life has turned around in ways that I can’t even begin to explain.
But, the days of being pain free suddenly disappeared over the last few days. I’m not sleeping well, popping pain reliever like it’s candy and smell like muscle and joint crème. The backs of my arms are on fire and it hurts to walk. I’m hoping that this will not be a major flare and am working on keeping it under control.
What most folks don’t know is that this time last year, it would take me 2-3 hours to get out of bed some days. I was suffering from depression and was heavily on anti-inflammatory medication and anti depression. I wasn’t living life like I wanted and I felt like my family was neglected because of all that I was going through. I was miserable.
I decided to take the step back and to really evaluate what changes I could make. I worked with my doctors, did my research on foods that would trigger flares, drank my Shakeology daily and learned that it was okay to modify my workouts. It didn’t have to be all or nothing thing. But, the most important thing that I’ve learned is to be patient.
Now I’m not telling you all this to make you feel sorry for me. I’ve learned that when I feel a flare coming on that there are things that I have to do. I might have walk in place while the instructor does a lunge. I might have to do a little more research and modify my diet. And, I might have to turn off the television and go to bed earlier because I know that I didn’t sleep well the night before. I have to be able to adapt to change and be patient with the process.
My point with today’s post is that life is a journey; there will be highs and lows. Sometimes you will have to make changes you don’t want to. Sometimes it will take longer than you want. Sometimes you have to seek out help. Sometimes you will have just push forward with faith and believe that you will reach your goal. If you’re stuck, please reach out to someone who can help. Don’t quit! Your time and efforts are worth reaching your goal!
Wishing you good health!
Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!