A note from Karen’s Coach, Ben.
Karen is amazing in every way, including her ability to continuously work towards her goals while battling Lupus.
It’s not easy to stay consistent for anyone. Karen did, and continues to do, a fantastic job with the daily, unique challenges she faces to stay on her path to the best version of herself.
Especially with a background in fitness, having to be patient and deal with new circumstances was especially tough, but she’s made incredible progress.
Her story is powerful, inspiring and above all ongoing. I have a million and one great things to say about Karen and how far she’s come, but she can tell her story best.
Check it out below:
My coach and I have gone through a lot of trial and error in learning what works for my body. I have had to learn from scratch how to train, how to exercise, a body with Lupus.
Everyday I try to teach myself that I am not defined by my weight. Admittedly and embarrassingly so, my weight is directly tied to my self-esteem.
But I am working on that.
Weight should not matter. How you feel should be what matters and only what matters.
If you feel good, physically and mentally, then your weight should not matter.
My coach kept telling me it was going to be ok and that I would get to where I need to be in time. He simply asked me to stick it out. He reminded me over and over again that I was worth fighting for even if it was just a tiny bit a day, I was worth it.
I spent the first 6 months progressing VERY slowly thus challenging my mental state and every ounce of patience I had. There was no change in my weight or measurements, the gains in strength were VERY slow to come.
The capital letters on VERY as to ensure you understand how much patience I had to muster here. I mean, it was a lot of patience.
On my bad days, the days Lupus won, I had to cancel training sessions. But he hung in there.
He believed in me.
He cheered me on.
He made me understand that it was ok to not feel well one day because tomorrow was another day.
And tomorrow we would try again.
One nagging thing that I couldn’t see past – My weight.
I wasn’t losing weight.
The scale was torturing me.
It mocked me every single day.
With the patience equivalency to 10 kindergarten teachers he would say again, “But does that matter when you’re not bed-ridden anymore?”
Unlike me, he wasn’t focused on me as a “before and after”. He wasn’t using me as an advertisement for his services. He was invested in me as a person.
I know he actually cares about my outcome, my feelings, and my everyday quality of life. He wanted to ensure that all of that got better.
There was more than just physical things learned in these lessons.
I learned how to be kinder to myself and my body. I learned how to be kinder to myself and my body and suddenly I wasn’t ashamed of what I could no longer do. I take great pride in my accomplishments and they have filtered through into my everyday life.
Building strength in deadlifting has provided me with the simple grip strength needed to open a jar.
I couldn’t open a jar for my life a year ago.
I can play with my daughter at the park. Last week, instead of sitting and watching her play I did the monkey bars.
All the way across I might add.
My daughter was delighted, she was really thrilled! Her face lit up as we both played on the bars.
I no longer train because I hate my body but because my body needs it, it deserves it.
I train now because it makes me happy and makes me feel strong.
I may not yet love my body, that will come in time, but I no longer want to punish it because it doesn’t work like it used to. I spend time in the gym because I want to, because I like how it makes me feel. I like the gym and what it gives me.
I know without training, I would risk my mobility entirely. I won’t take that risk.
Weight training with my coach and his team Lean Strong Strong Fitness has given me my life back!
Read the full article here https://justagirlwithlupusblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/308/
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