Wednesday, August 03, 2016
To make a long story good I'll summarize my thoughts about the past two years. A lot of factors snow balled into me losing my mojo. I'm pretty sure it all started with some undetected food sensitivities, that lead to a weakened immune system, that lead to illness. Last summer I had a number of sore throats, sensitive sinuses, the flu and shingles. Finally, the medications to help me heal from shingles was the straw that broke the camel's back. Yes, medicine is fantastic for getting over a sickness, but they can also wreck the rest of your body. My hormones were whacked out and from what I've just learned I'm pretty sure I was suffering from adrenal fatigue.
All of a sudden all the motivation, energy, momentum and focus I had was gone. My health and fitness progression stalled and started to move backwards. I gained at least 15lbs, and I felt so bloated and tired. I was still eating clean and forcing myself to workout, but my workouts didn't feel the same. I didn't have any drive to push myself. I didn't want to feel the burn, or get in that one last rep. I just wanted to get through it. Because positivity and happiness is a choice, I chose to not let this get me down. I decided to stop beating a dead horse and explore different avenues of how I could get over this hump.
Along with my missing mojo and my boyfriend being diagnosed with hypertension, I researched how nutrition can improve your health, and I came across the Whole 30. I actually thought eating Paleo was a fad diet, but after learning the benefits it has towards your HEALTH. I was sold to try it. If you read my blog posts about doing the Whole 30 you would know I it was very successful for both of us. It was my turning point. My new Ah Ha moment. I have been eating Paleo for 2 months now. (I just want to note, I am not perfect Paleo though.) I'm finally breaking through. During yesterday's workout I picked up a heavier set of weights and was willing to push myself to the next level. I'm excited to do it again today. I'm finally feeling healthy again. What I have learned is that this journey will be ever evolving. Don't be stubborn or make excuses. Teach yourself and be open to how to make changes.
If you're beating a dead horse, if you're reaching a dead end over and over, you may need to explore a different avenue. What helped you lose weight in your 20's probably isn't going to work in your 40's. If you don't stay consistent with your workouts, because you dread running, don't run. Explore a new kind of exercise. Being successful will always require you to step outside of your comfort zone.