Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My Surgery and Health Journey

On January 22nd, I had surgery done on my right foot. This surgery was a long time coming. When I was a child, I had mild bunions. It is genetic and also due to wearing improper shoes. Then through middle school, high school, and college, I was in sports which required my feet to always be taped a certain way for little pain relief. After college I wore heels to my professional job and again cause more pain and discomfort. Then in my thirties I had really let my body go and I was obese in addition to being blessed with having four successful pregnancies where again I was very large and heavy which also increased my foot pain as well as I walked with horrible posture.

My journey continues in 2013 when I had completed losing 101 pounds with eating changes alone. My next goal was lifelong maintenance. This means I never want to gain all of it or even most of it back. I did give myself a 10 pound window meaning I was only allowed to backslide 10 pounds. I had my sights set on doing fitness in 2015. I had mentally prepared myself for this so when the time came, I would do it without any reasons not to.

2015 came and around March or April, I finally started in with my workouts. Prepared, researched, and selected Beachbody products to use because I had seen the incredible success of many friends plus I could do it at home and at my convenience anywhere. No gym membership needed or monthly payments etc. I am glad however that Beachbody does have the club membership now and it is billed quarterly and it is worth every penny because I have access to 25 complete programs in addition to their nutrition guides and calendars and exclusive use of future products. I mainly love the fact that I can do it on my phone or tablet or computer or TV, and not having to carry the DVDs around everywhere.

After I did 3 rounds of 21 day fix, I had gotten the new dance workout called Cize. I was very challenged and realize how uncoordinated I was but I super love that. I would sweat I lost inches but I also realized this is a weakness for me feet. I had to start modifying some of the routines and steps to make sure I wasn't going to further hurt or increase the pain of my feet.

It became more and more real to me that surgery was becoming something that was more needed sooner than later. So as I researched other programs of fitness and the surgery itself, I had gotten PiYo to increase my strength. I knew I needed to be able to hold my own body weight on one leg and also my upper body with arms. Whether I needed crutches or hop up and down stairs, I knew my own body strength was important. I started this program and immediately found more pain and difficulty with my feet with some moves. It was not as easy to modify but I did have to adjust because I was driven to do this program.

I am very glad I did that program and then upon near completion, is what I called my doctor to schedule the surgery and make it a reality. The surgery went very well and I am writing this now as I near my five weeks of not being allowed to stand or walk on that foot. I have many times used some of those moves in PiYo to stand up or get down on the floor because I was not able to bear any weight on the right foot.

Keeping our bodies healthy in food is really number one. I'm personal proof of that. Therefore with very limitations on working out with the programs I dearly love, I have made sure to keep my nutrition on point. My daily Shakeology has literally been my life line. It has given me the energy and nutrients that I need especially post surgery when I wasn't feeling well or up to eating. Knowing that I was getting super foods in my body just improve my mental health as well as my physical health.

Only a week ago was I allowed to finally get my foot in the shower then right before taking that shower I happened to catch myself in the mirror and I was very glad that I still maintained my shape and not have gotten extra fluffy tutu my physical limitations. Daily Shakeology has been very key in addition to proper portions and proper quality of food.

So I'm here today to report everything is going well. I'm glad to get my foot fixed so I can continue fitness all the days that I'm blessed with. I am here to be a witness about my daily Shakeology and maintaining my internal health as well as my external figure. I like what I see in the mirror. No I don't have some magazine photo edited perfect body and that's totally okay with me. I am passionate for people to be healthy skinny is not the goal. I do however want to help people claim victory over their personal obesity or other health problems. I am free of my former ailments like high blood pressure, PCOS, and Candida. Those last two alone have a laundry list of symptoms that were wasting my time and money the store buying products to treat symptoms. I have devoured the research and information on food and ingredients to now treat my body illnesses or ailments, or diseases with food. It's liberating to treat the cause rather than maintaining suppression of the symptoms.

My name is Jackie and I want to support you and encourage you through your own personal, unique, and ongoing journey. I host a monthly free 5-day group for encouraging healthy habits and I also host a 30-day nutrition and fitness group. Message me to inquire about both or either. I will forever be passionate to helping everyone live the days as best they can. Since 2012, I have encouraged many people to start their journey, restart their journey, or even better, it has been a joy to see them reach their goals and be successful to make new ones.

As for health and wellness journey, I have been there, I am still here, & I will be here. I fully believe in evolving our habits to healthier habits for long-term success through support.

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