I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me: “You do not need to work out and run, you are so skinny.” Let me just tell ya people who are skinny really do not like people poi )nting it out. It should just be a rule of thumb: lets not talk to anyone we are not close to about his or her weight….done. All of the people saying this to me had no idea the reason I exercised was not to be skinny. I never exercised prior to managing chronic pain naturally. I do not exercise to be skinny (I did luck out with skinny genes.) I exercise because it makes me feel good inside. Nothing helps my chronic pain and anxiety more than exercise.
Yes, I eat healthy. Yes, I get shit from this from people as well. “Why do you eat such weird stuff??!” For instance I had a juice filled with spinach, ginger, oranges, kale, cucumber, carrots, and celery this morning. It tasted awesome and made me feel beyond refreshed. My daughter and I are enjoying some asparagus and quinoa at lunch. I eat healthy because it makes me feel better. It also tastes pretty damn good. And I am proud to say my one year olds favorite snack is hummus with carrots. Food is there to nourish our bodies, therefore making us feel good inside. I do not always eat well. I love sweets a LOT! To the point that my husband has to hide chocolate if in the house because I will eat it until I am sick. I also like diet Pepsi.
I am working hard to not let negative people into my life. There are a lot of people in my life that doubt my dreams and the things I am working hard at to better myself, my family, and hopefully make my dreams come true. Most people do not understand me and I get that. I have never tried so hard in my life to be the healthiest, most positive person and role model in my life. There are haters everywhere and most of the time I forgive these people because it is more ignorance than anything. However, at times I feel like the loneliest person in the world. I will never stop or give up or give into negative influences.
I am very proud of myself and at how far I have come with my battle with chronic pain. I know I doubt myself too much and am way too hard on myself. Life is so difficult and even more so with chronic pain. The person who wrote this quote was probably not intending it for an audience of people with chronic pain but I think it is some of the best chronic pain advice I have read. Its some of the words and wisdom I try and live by.