This blog is not a short story of another. This is my own story. As decorated as I am as a Personal Trainer and Promoter of ViSalus-Body by Vi, I was diagnosed this year with Degenerative Disc Disease. This was caused by an undiagnosed bugling disc in my cervical spine 7 years ago and finally after fight after fight after fight with doctors, I was right and I got my persistant request for a cervical MRI granted. Of course the diagnosis was not what I was expecting at all. I thought I had plenty of time for having more children and being able to be pain-free in my workouts, but that wasn't the case. I'm now faced with surgeries and the thought scares me since they will have to go through the front of my neck. Having knives that close to my spinal cord just does nothing for my nerves. I've already had my first round of cervical injections and I'd love to say that they worked for me, but the fact is, my degenerative process is too far along for me to have success and I'm still in daily pain.
Clients have excuses all the time as to why they can't or don't want to workout or get their weight off with a 90 Day Challenge (without exercise) and yet I still make no excuse when pain is shooting through my body and I get up in the morning, take my son to school (because I have the luxury to do so), and continue with my fitness program. You see, your life, your progress, your goals, your results, are all what YOU make them to be. I choose to take my newly diagnosed ailment in stride and make the best of it. Without excuses.
So, if you yourself or a client of yours starts with an excuse, feel free to share my story. All it takes is the will to move without excuse or challenge and you can accomplish anything.