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Is it mind over body or mind and body?

Friday, October 05, 2012

When the worst has happened, when life has kicked you down repeatedly, do you want to stay down or do you want to get up and move forward? You want to get up and move forward, by all means. The way to move forward is to look forward. The way to get up is to have a good, driving reason to do so. It is a joy to be alive, and the positive possibilities that spring from the miracle of life, when you connect with them and appreciate them and are truly thankful for them, give you a compelling reason to move forward. At the heart of those possibilities you’ll find a purpose, a purpose that cannot be denied.
—Ralph Marston

This week has brought me several disappointments. I was thinking what the point of it all is. I am trying to get myself into a healthful situation by changing my eating habits and exercising consistently. Now, it appears that I will have to take a few months off from the exercising part. This is merely a set-back it is by no means a reason to give up.
Earlier this week, I was informed that the procedure that I declined last year has to be done this year, and right away. The initial part of it is not so bad, angiogram. The unfortunate part for me is that the angiogram is just a formality: My surgeon is sure the angiogram will turn into surgery. The surgeon says the worst part of the whole thing is I will have to lie still for six to eight hours after the surgery. He says this is due to the hole that will be in my abdomen after the surgery and the protective measures that has to be taken for other organs.
I can’t help thinking that I was enjoying myself getting into the habit of eating properly and doing different types of exercises. Now, this has to be put on hold. I will be able to do some chair exercises, thanks to SP for the introduction. I am so happy I can rely on SP’s website to change my exercises. The surgery will have to be repeated on the left side after healing is partially done from the right side. Based on the outcome of these, it will have to be determined if I will need additional procedures.
This is going to take a great deal of time away from my new healthful way of life. I will basically have to start all over. Over the next few months, the chair exercises will be done for my upper body only. This will be good because this concentration will increase my upper body strength. But, the whole body concept will have to start over, slowly. I want to say this is such an inconvenient time for this to be happening. Is there such a time as a good time for this to be happening?
The other issue or disappointment that came up this week involved my desire to do a 7-day detox. My endocrinologist stated, emphatically, that I was not to do it. That was so disappointing because I was really looking forward to the detoxing. You might ask why I asked her permission. Well, if I am not up-front with my physicians they can’t help heal me. She did explain why it is not a good idea and I agree with her.
I am not down; I am a bit disappointed because I had an investment in my new nutrition and exercises. As Marston says, “The way to move forward is to look forward.” I am looking forward and past these disappointments. The really good part is that I have learned enough from SP to keep my head up and to continue my nutritious meals and my new and limited exercises. Even through my disappointments, I will continue to “create the new me.” With a healthy mind going towards a healthy body “It is a joy to be alive…”
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    Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate anyone who wants to travel with me while I go through my procedure. It is on 10/17/2012 at 8:30 AM. May God continue to bless all of us.
    2059 days ago
    Good attitude!
    2059 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    I wish I had the words to help take away your disappointment. emoticon

    Yes,it is just a setback, a temporary change in plans. Please, think of the procedure itself as another part of your healthier lifestyle.

    I've had a few setbacks too, countless of MRIs and other tests done, I was diagnosed with having two bulging discs in my lower back and one in my neck in 2010 - 2011, and I had to stop exercising too. I had to do lying down physical therapy, but eventually, I started walking outdoors again and doing the walking dvds. It will take time, but you will be able to exercise the way you'd like. The most important thing is, that you do everything possible to heal first.

    If you don't mind, I will go along with you in spirit, when you have the procedure done. I'll be there right with you, chatting up a storm. I will have you in my prayers that God will fill you with strength and confidence. You're under God's care, so you will be all right. emoticon
    2059 days ago
    I love the quote and it is perfect for your situation. You have a great attitude. You can adapt. You will get through this.

    We all come to these roadblocks sometimes. You know it will eventually pass. In the mean time you can concentrate on other areas of health like getting good quality sleep, meditation, rest, relaxation, drinking plenty of water, etc. Your doctors may have new ideas on what they want you to do diet and exercise wise.

    The good news is that they do angiograms and bypasses routinely now with great success and improved quality of life. You will be back better than ever.
    2060 days ago
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