Personal Training, Fitness and Nutrition Motivation

Friday, September 8, 2017

Your Body Achieves What Your Mind Believes

Our body achieves what the mind believes! Life doesn't promise easy but prepares us to become stronger through the process. Obstacles will be part of our life, but we can overcome with strength and determination. 

Why do I post this particular picture? It represents achievement, strength, and determination to overcome obstacles in my life. This is one of my most cherished photo shoots with Gene X of Orange Photography.

I was celebrating many things including my 45th birthday. More than that, I achieved what I thought impossible overcoming a year of physical struggle from injury. This was my true celebration of recovery, happiness and moving forward in my life overall. 

I have a cervical injury (double fusion) and unfortunately, another disc herniated above that area. This left me disabled for a year and told it would most likely be permanent without reconstructive surgery. It was a horrible time in my life and all I could do was lay on ice packs and pray. I refused surgery and determined to heal myself through physical therapy and rest. Long story short, it was one of the most painful years physically and emotionally as an athlete. I felt stripped, fearful and suffered daily. 

I refused to give up, had daily talks with God, and a great neuro physical therapist by my side. Together, through pain, ice, tears, and perseverance I began my journey of creating a new me. This was definitely a push through the pain to get to the other side moment. My faith dwindled and feelings of hopelessness were almost a daily occurrence in the beginning. After several months of therapy, I began showing signs of improvement. Each week produced baby steps of physical repair.
During this time I really embraced the positive power of everything positive (if that makes sense). I've always been a positive person, but going through the process of injury and recovery seemed to magnify it 100x more. Triumphant is a great word! My recovery was one of the most amazing feats of self-improvement accomplished in my life

Why do I share this story? I want to inspire, encourage and motivate you. We have all experienced things and sometimes we are brought to our knees. The important message is to never give up hope. The circumstance may seem dark at the beginning because we're unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will never understand the reason why some things happen either, but how we respond to the obstacles of life is what makes us healthy people.

Although there are many things I am unable to do, I embrace those things I can do. Recovering from injury or illness will be a struggle but there is renewed strength stemming from our determination to overcome. Celebrate the new person you have become and without even knowing it, you are motivating others going through similar circumstances.  

Remember you are never too old, it's never too late, or circumstance too difficult to become your best healthy self. It may be different compared to before an injury or illness, but it can be better. When we focus on being positive and doing what we can at our current fitness level, that is what matters.

Life is pretty darn good and giving up just isn't our option. We may feel like quitting when life feels bigger than us and those feelings are valid. It's ok to go through the motions of the feelings but realize they are temporary. We eventually need to will that strength and determination deep inside ourselves and power forward. 

Obstacles are difficult, challenging, and often painful but we are stronger. We can accomplish great things, become better, healthier and fitter than ever before through our journey.

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Be well and Stay Healthy


  1. It's me again! I just left a comment on the last post and duh, didn't know if I left you my email!! kellyolexa at ;-)
    I'm gonna make the sweet potatoes you share when I get back to my home...MMM

  2. You are SUCH an inspiration!! I just turned 50 and you have helped motivate me to begin eating better and exercising!!!!

    1. Hi Kristine - Love this feedback! Thanks for your kind words and I am honored to be part of your journey to adopting a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the fabulous fitness, be well and Stay Healthy.

  3. From other blogs I have read about diet and nutrition, this one made something clear. Well, diet would not focus on food only, like starving yourself and other stuff but of course drinking habits play part as expected. I've been drinking caffeinated drinks for years now and it's been a habit. Turns out, it won't really do good. Thanks for the advice.

    1. Thanks for reading and your feeback. It's important to discover what works best for you and it sounds like you have done that referencing caffeinated drinks. Good for you and keep working toward adopting a healthy lifestyle. Stay Healthy


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