Wanting No More Pain A Year Later

Exactly 1 year ago today, I was in pretty bad shape. If I remember right I had over indulged on Brats and Chicken and needless to say I was feeling it. The day of, I was fine. The two days after I felt completely out of the game. I had unbelievable aches and pains. It was unexplainable, but what I definitely was sure of was it was all linked to the foods I was eating. I know through some of my social media posts some people didn’t believe me. Even laughed at the notion that food could be causing aches and pains in my body, but I knew it was fact. The only way to prove it was by discipline and elimination.

It was on this day, I made the decision to stop eating fast food and ground beef. Along with that came the decision to drastically cut my pork consumption and dairy as well. With these changes along with cutbacks on fried foods, chicken and red meat, I increased my intake of fruits and vegetables. What I would find is the pain leaving my body slowly and undeniable internal changes. I was healing, with no medical treatment, pills or creams.

Along with the above I started reading up on holistic healing, medical marijuana and the positives of CBD oil. I came to some very eye opening revelations. I’ll talk about those at a later time.

Today, I want to take time to pat myself on the back for a job well done on a journey that is far from complete. I listened to my body and made the changes it was telling me to make and as a result of that, my pain has been minimal to nonexistent way more than half of the last 365 days. I say that and I’ve had a hernia surgery that put me at half speed for about 4 weeks.

I’m no Vegan, but adopting more plants to my lifestyle, eliminating fast food and eating meat sometimes no more than 5 times a month have served as great positives for my health. I can safely say that I am stronger and healthier today than I was at 25 and feeling no more pain.

A New Routine

Surgery and downtime have given me more time than normal to digest positive content, think and restructure. I’ve been attempting to push my mind in the direction of new possibilities and disciplines with no limits.

I realized how serious I need to get about changing my life and the little things I have not done to cause change. So in my downtime I’ve come up with a few things to keep me honed in on what matters.

Getting up at 4:30: So far so good. Doing this in an effort to make sure I workout, write or just simply create in an effort to eliminate excuses about being tired later.

Changed half of my 2019 goals from wants to needs: I want a lot of things, but if I really want those rewards, I really need to focus on things like being debt free first.

Not checking emails or social media for the first hour I’m up: I got this from Daymond John. He’s on to something with that. Now, I listen to music or I’m creating something and the first hour flies by. When I’m cleared to workout it will go even faster.

This surgery was truly a blessing in disguise. Obviously health is important and I took a positive step in that direction. That surgery then allowed me to take steps to improve my mentality and routine.

Outside of today I’ve been up as early as 3:30am. Progress was made each day. 2019 is going to be a phenomenal year. I will be the best version of myself to date.

Have a great Friday!

Health Evolution: Leaving Pain Behind

I am in my 7th day of less pain. It feels great, but there is still more progress to be made. Last Saturday, I took what is now my last bite of pork for the rest of the year. I have to do it. I literally think that was the leading contributor to this literal pain in my neck, back and shoulder. I’m sure I had a little too much to begin with, but I don’t think eating any food should be hurting my body.

It hurt so bad that I couldn’t workout. It gave me a feeble feeling and it was literally slowing me down. My fatigue was off the charts and I was exhausted for no real reason. Feelings that I hate feeling because there is so much to do in a day, especially with me chasing my goals.

As I threw the last few brats I had in the garbage, I was determined to get better. Getting better meant sacrifice. It meant change. It meant doing things I never thought I would do if I wanted to get the success I wanted to see or in this case feel. I’ve never thought I had to give up eating certain foods. The last 7 days have made it obvious I have to in order to get my desired results. As the hours and the days went by, I could literally feel my body detoxing. The more fruit and water I digested, I became more alert. The more vegetables I ate, I began to purge more of the bad that was inside of me. It was a real release of toxins and new energy was in it’s place. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t quite feel like myself, but at least I don’t feel as bad as I did 7 days ago. That’s how I know this is the right move.

In addition to the pork, I decided I’m done with ground beef. I’m just over it and I’ve never been that big of a fan of it. I passed over free burgers the day I ate those brats and polish’s. I’m also going to limit my dairy. I only say limit, because pizza is a vice. I’m not as bad as I used to be, but it definitely is a great battle for another time.

Outside of giving up pork, another hard task is no fast food for the rest of year. The convenience alone is going to make this difficult. I don’t know what I’ll do now that I can’t take advantage of the latest Popeye’s special on some random days. I have to put myself to the test though. It’s just not good for you long term. Plus the money spent adds up quick. That money could be used to self invest, save for a trip or sit on it and do nothing. All those options sound better than that temporary crap shoot of indulging in fast food.

Lastly, I think I have a hernia. I feel the same symptoms I did when I had one 16 years ago. A couple other pains I have are just not going away. They feel “better” but the goal is no pain and that may require surgery, if my feeling is correct. I’m looking for a doctor to get checked out soon.

I say I want this success. Now, God is asking me, “What are you willing to do for it?” Ridding my body of the pain that it carries daily, is my first step in showing him. It’s time to really go after my Health Evolution.

Until 2019 At Least

I’m thinking of a lifestyle discipline challenge, but I’m not going to post in depth about it. I’m just going to say it’s already started and we’ll see what’s good come 2019.

I’ve reached a point where 30 days may be a sign of good discipline, but it’s not a good method for lifestyle change. I really want to change my life. I want to be at my peak inside and out. It’s time to get laser focused. This one right here, is for the tomorrow that never comes. It’s for the true finish line. It’s about me seeing who I want to be and letting nothing stop me from getting there.

No more talk. All about action and progress. Here goes everything I got for the longest haul ever.

Whatever you are striving to do or be, You got this! My best wishes to you on your journey.

When Food Can’t Be Life Anymore

I used to be invincible. At least when it came to eating. As I’ve gotten older, I noticed subtle changes. Digestive track has been changing since I was 17, but currently I think it’s getting drastic and I’m staring a harsh reality in the face.

In the month of May, I haven’t been feeling the greatest. I been exhausted some days. I been unmotivated. My digestive track isn’t as regular as it was just a month ago and my skin is feeling noticeably dry.

What did I do different from April to May? Had pizza. Had Sandwiches. Had chicken and although it wasn’t all fast food, I’m feeling it. I’m feeling it and I don’t want to feel this way.

All the above and to see my body goals level off let’s me know it’s not worth it. I can’t lose my progress. I’ve come too far to now stand still or start over.

I’m not going to make a proclamation about a hardcore lifestyle change, but I’m definitely aware of what I have to do and I’m going to do it at my pace. It’s time to refocus yet again. It’s all about health evolution and life evolution.

Here’s to the process of permanent changes.