My Journey To Health and Happiness
Hello, my friend, my name is Viv. If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can lose weight and improve your health, I’m here to tell you it’s possible. After a myriad of health issues and a painful existence, I was able to regain my life and my love for food by following a low carb life style and including moderate exercise in my daily routine. Get a cup of coffee and sit back for a long read about how I designed a life worth living. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to take massive action in your life to create similar results.
Here’s my story…
Since I was a child I experienced disordered eating. I had issues eating many types of foods due to texture, and battled digestive issues. My digestive issues included IBS, severe constipation and excessive bloating that was painful. These issue put me in the hospital a few times. The answer doctors gave me was that this was hereditary.
Then they told me I was gluten intolerant. It seemed I was a hot mess. I later learned that IBS is a problem where the brain and the gut don’t communicate. The pain and constipation were impacted by stress. So I tried decreasing stressors in my life. My life was miserable. Each morning I’d wake up trying to squeeze my bloated belly in a pair of pants and pray my button wouldn’t fly off while teaching.
Food was my enemy. I was sure it was the food I was eating. I didn’t want to chew. I started juicing, but the problem with that is all the fiber is removed from the food. It worked for a little while. Each time I fought the constipation, I damages the involuntary muscle more.
While searching for answers, my battle got worse. I went to holistic doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists, and saw a team of medical doctors. I felt toxic all the time. It’s like I became narcoleptic. I was so tired I’d fall asleep at my desk at work. When I was bedridden an unable to walk, I went to the doctor. This was just before a family trip. The crazy part was my dad was in a terminal state, dependent on oxygen and a wheelchair, and I was the one who felt like I was dying.
The doctor took and x-ray and told me, “Look like your FOS.” I thought if there’s something identified, maybe it can me managed. She continued saying, “You’re Full of Shit”. She seriously said this too me. She gave me a pain killer, a stool softener, and an antibiotic because my white blood cell count was high and she didn’t know why.
I dropped from 180 pounds to 122. It took years. At my thinnest, at 5’8”, I wore a size two. I thought I was in control. The problem was I was cold all the time and slept very little. The result of taking in so little nutrition was the eventual break down of my joints. I was so hungry I could feel it in my bones. But, I kept at it. All I knew is that if I was able to control the volume of food I take in I could maintain control over my constipation, which at times made me feel like I wanted to die, literally.
At my lowest point, I had horrific back pain and abdominal pain. I slept in 3-4 hour shifts. I had to take a break because everything hurt: the nerve pain in my neck, my belly, my lower back. Bless my husband’s heart, he had to put on my shoes in the morning because I couldn’t.
Needless to say I was defeated. After seeing my back x-rays I was drawn to finding out how the spine is connected to overall health. I pushed myself to information over load. But, as I processed the information and tried to relieve my pain, I decided to take my fate into my own hands. I got access to a traction machine from a friend who had cervical neck issues. I planned out a therapy program for myself with the first goal being to decrease pain. Then increase flexibility. At the time I couldn’t touch my toes or reach my arms above my head. I couldn’t walk without significant pain, so I ‘exercised’ while lying flat on my back.
Testimonials were everywhere. Not just current testimonials about weight loss, but testimonials about healing a wide range of diseases from decades ago. I decided I had nothing to lose and I jumped in with both feet. What was going on in my body wasn’t just weight gain. I had deeper problems and I was desperate for change.
I started incorporating what I was already doing with this wonder diet and increased my physical activity beyond traction any stretching. Definitive action and wise nutrition helped me reach my first victory. I was able to walk for 20 minutes. Again I followed it with stretching. My results are more than weight loss. I gained mental clarity, reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and now I am nearly pain free.
Fast forward to today. I am proud to say I am free of the chronic pain that consumed my body. I get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and my digestive tract is in fact responsive. This is the result of compiling all the feedback and input from every type of medical professional under the sun including a spine specialist and an osteopath while doing my own exhaustive research of alternative approaches to IBS and spine health, the two issues I was battling.
Here’s are some things I learned through my extensive, painful journey towards healing. You can’t depend on only medical professionals to solve your problems. They are specialist in their area if concentration. The osteopath was certain I would need surgery to fuse my cervical spine and that my arms would eventually atrophy to the point where I’d lose functionality. My MRI told the doctors I would need to begin cortisone injections and intensive therapy to decrease the pain. And, the gastrointestinal specialist believed I needed a pacemaker in my intestines in order to have proper intestinal function or I would end up with a colostomy bag.
In my continue search for solutions, I came across a diet I dismissed in the past. It was all over the internet, and I thought this was just a fad. I thought a fad can’t possibly be a solution. I was wrong. Again, diving in deep to the research, and determined to find an answer, I learned about the science behind this wonder diet. I learned about physiology and metabolism, hormones and nutrition, and the liver and the gallbladder, and so much more.
If you’re looking to make a change in the quality of your life, I encourage you to consider making a serious commitment to yourself because you are worth it! I want you to be healthier and happier in your life. No matter where you are now, you have the power to take yourself to the next level.
Join me and others who have done the same. You can join The Metabolism Mastermind Facebook group where I share information about how I regained control of my weight and my health. It’s free and you will have the opportunity connect with others on a similar mission.
Bless and be blessed!