We’re so proud of Allyson Grabish-Paniccia for doing whatever it takes and standing in her power to get the results she was seeking despite having health struggles. She’s on her way to optimal health!
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.
Thank you to Stephen, Rowan (Baby Beast), Amanda, Sagi and everyone that supported me the last month. It’s meant more than you know. I’m going to keep going…I’ll update again in another 30 days for accountability.