chronic pain, fibromyalgia, functional fitness, health & wellness, holistic wellness, inflammation, My Story, obesity

Finding Freedom in my Fitness

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8 weeks and 32 workouts later my body was feeling great!

I finally did it! Fitness Freedom!

Sounds like an oxymoron, huh? It’s really real though!!

I just completed an 8-week long fitness program and only worked out 4 days a week for 30-35 minutes. It allowed me to enjoy my life and balance my fitness! GOLDEN! I proved I don’t have to kill myself working out and following a rigid nutrition plan to be healthy. I KNEW IT!

I’ve been doing this fitness thing since I was 14, that’s a few decades of experimenting.

I’ve tried working out daily, not at all, occasionally, you name it, and I always get off track if I don’t have some sort of routine. I need something to keep me accountable to myself…

Enter LIIFT4 by Joel Freeman. A program designed to fit fitness into our lives. Imagine only working out 4 days a week for 30-40 minutes. Pick up some weights for half of that, do some HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and then a little core (it’s almost all pilates, I love pilates!).

I am a big strength training fan, but I hate cardio. I know hate is a strong word, but think asthmatic child on the soccer field, out of breath and beet red. She was conditioned to dread cardio because it was painful, and not being able to breath is a little scary. HIIT is different, it’s a whole new cardio option. Yes, it’s high intensity, but that doesn’t mean high impact. The impact is what bothers me the most. So, I modify. that doesn’t mean it’s any easier, it’s just better for my body. Modification doesn’t mean I’m weak, it means I know how to listen to my body so I don’t get hurt. I have a chronic pain and fatigue disorder that I have to control, listening to my body is crucial.

Finding the balance of exercise, nutrition, and living my life feeling good is my goal.

I’ve struggled with fibromyalgia for almost 3 decades. I was diagnosed when I was 25. The diagnostic process took 20 months of all kinds of dreadful tests like bone scans, CT, MRI, and nerve testing (which is painful as hell). It was depressing. Figuring out what actually helps me has taken years.

I’ve always been an athlete, I’ve been physically fit most of my life, but as soon as I go over my limit, I crash, burn, and flare for months. Finding a workout program that doesn’t cause me more inflammation and pain has been an ongoing battle. This program helped me figure it out.

Too much exercise = increased inflammation. For someone with chronic inflammation symptoms like me, that’s just adding fuel to the fire. Did you know you can exercise so much you actually cause inflammation and without the proper rest, recovery and nutrition, you could be doing more harm than good to your health? I didn’t, for far too long. Now, I know better.

Finding a way to decrease inflammation is my goal, and following this regimen 4 days, a week seems to be the trick! #score Time for another round!

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It feels good to heal your body!!

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