Before I even start - Sagi, thank you so much for the Metabolic Typing and this amazing program. For the first time in a year, I feel like myself again. I AM A HAMMER!
The past year has been a challenge. I started getting sick in March and I've been going through all kinds of tests since then. I'm still waiting on a specialist appointment in April (yes...over a year later) and I'm still not guaranteed any answers. I was bloated and in pain most days. I gained a LOT of weight back and to be truthful, I let it all get to me mentally. Getting the run around from doctors and not getting answers, I gave up. I just gave up on myself.
I did begin to realize that along with whatever was wrong with me, that part of it could be digestion/gut related. I tried cutting out foods here and there, but couldn't figure it out. I was at a point where I realized I couldn't let myself wallow anymore and I had to try and do something to regain my health, when two major things happened. 1. I saw Sagi's post offering Metabolic Typing, which would help me know what foods to eat, what to avoid and how to eat. 2. I saw Sagi's challenge to work out for 28 days to The Master's Hammer for a chance to win 1 of 2 spots to workout on stage with him at Summit. Working out on stage along with Sagi has been a goal of mine for a few years and the timing for all of this was perfect to make me take that first step to getting back to myself again.
The last 28 days was a challenge and a journey for me. I had to learn a completely different way of eating than I was used to. Along with starting at square one with working out, I had a locked SI joint and out of place ribs to deal with as well. But I faced those challenges head on and as far as I'm concerned, I've conquered them. Since starting with the new MT meal plan, my stomach hasn't hurt, I haven't been bloating up at all and surprise of all surprises...my heartburn/acid reflux has gone away. I was literally taking antacids 2-3 times each and every night and now...I can't remember the last time I've taken one. All from changing my diet and eating the foods on my list.
I saw the chiropractor once a week to work on my SI joint and ribs. It was painful to be adjusted/released but I felt relief and I did the stretching and 'homework' he gave me and faithfully did my workouts each day. If I had a day where I was in pain from whatever is wrong, I subbed out my rest day, but I just kept going. It turns out I have a lot more 'good' days than 'bad' and I really surprised myself.
The truth is...life is going to hand us stuff that throws us for a loop and may not be in our plans. It may knock us down BUT it doesn't mean it has to keep us there. I realized I was NOT that person that was going to sit and wallow and let life happen to her. I'm going to control what I'm able to. I took control of what I fueled my body with. I took control of getting myself in motion again. I may have 'only' lost 5 lbs, but I'm damn proud of those 14 inches that are gone and I'm damn proud of the fact that I feel like myself again. It's still not easy. I still have to remind myself each morning WHY I need to get up and work out and why I need to eat the way I do, but I make that conscious decision and I DO what NEEDS to be DONE. Because I can be that sad, unhealthy person in the first picture....or I can be the ME in the second picture that knows I can deal with whatever comes my way. I will NOT be the nail in life again. I'm a HAMMER, damn it.