Healthy Mind= Healthy Body

I feel glorious, dynamic energy. I am active and alive.

How many times have you wanted to try a new fitness program? Maybe it is a dance class, a yoga & Pilates class or working out with a personal trainer. You have thought about it, but it seems a little out of your comfort zone. For me, it has always been running!  Have you ever caught yourself saying, “Ah, I can’t do that” so you never even gave it a try? You just assume that your body isn’t capable. Well, I am here to inspire you to challenge yourself!  I believe in you. You are stronger than you think!  I will use myself as an example.  I have always wanted to do trail running in the mountains, but I have always told myself, “You can’t run Emilee. Don’t even try it.” I actually probably really said, “You will not be good at that so don’t embarrass yourself.” I listened to that negative voice in my head.  It was easier to not try, than fail at it.  I let the fear of failing stop me from even giving it a chance.

It has been a goal of mine that when I got back on my two feet, I WILL make it to the top of that mountain. Ok, so I got overly excited today. Before I stepped foot up the hiking path, I took a deep breath in and visualized myself at the top of the mountain trail. It is a steep trail, so I had to get my mind focused.  I visualized all of the pain that I went through this past year and said to myself,” If I could survive that, I can do this. You are strong!”  Off Winston and I went up the trail. It took me 45 minutes to make it to the top. Exactly, 2 miles straight up hill. My heart was pumping. I felt so invigorated. I was sweating and I felt great.  I was about to turn around and go back down the same path which I am familiar with. There was a new voice in my head that encouraged me to keep going further.  It said, “Emilee, you can do this.” I continued for another 4 miles trail running. I couldn’t believe it myself. My friend kept asking if I wanted to stop and walk.  I said, “NO, I CAN DO THIS.” I said to myself again and again, “You are strong. You can do this.”  There were moments when I wanted to quit because my feet were forming blisters, but I wouldn’t let myself quit!  

For the first time in my entire life, I hiked and ran 6 miles. I kept my mind focused and my eyes on the path while I watched my feet the entire time.  I said, “One foot in front of the other Emilee.”  This is how change happens.  With one small step.  For somebody else, this might be a piece of cake, but for me, today was a victory!  My life after cancer is awesome! I have a new outlook and I have a new body that I am getting use to. My new body may physically look different and feel different, but mentally, surviving cancer has given me the drive to go the distance in every aspect of my life. Next time you think you can’t do something, think of me! 

I accomplished something today that I never thought would be possible. What do you want to accomplish that you don’t think is possible?

Wellness is a mindset! Set your mind and think of some positive affirmations to say to yourself and give it a try! You might surprise yourself. I did!




Things are moving slow!

I woke up today vomiting! Not a good way to wake up. I was hoping by now I would have felt better but things are not going my way. I seem to be having a difficult time passing any gas or having any movement, if you know what I mean. Nothing, absolutely nothing for days and now my stomach is in pain. 

I couldn't take it anymore so I called up Johnny Ebadi, the acupuncturist who works below me. I waited patiently all day until 5PM when he could see me. At this point I am desperate to do anything to get things moving. Johnny had me lie on my tummy. I was a little nervous with my staples and wound but it actually felt good to have some pressure on my belly.  There is nobody like Johnny. He walked into the room and started making a funny growling and humming sound. I just close my eyes and relax when I'm in his space. I totally trust him to do anything to me. He pulled out all the old Chinese medicine tricks. He had a vibration machine on my back, needles in my legs and arms and glass cups on my back. While this was all going on, he would massage my feet and calves. He said my chi was very off. The weird thing is that at one point he said, "Do you feel it, that's the chi working." I did feel it. It was like a magnetic energy. I felt the hairs on my back go up. 

The funny part to all of this is that at one point I was telling Johnny how I haven't had a bowel movement in four months and that I still haven't passed gas since my surgery.  He said to me, "You haven't passed gas yet?" I said, "No." He said back to me,"Yes you have.  I can smell it. You are passing gas right now." I didn't believe it. He said, "I can smell you." He then said, "Either you are passing gas or you pooped your pants." I almost died from laughing. There isn't anybody else but Johnny that I would feel so comfortable around. I said, "Are you sure? I don't feel anything or smell anything?" He waved his hands over me and said, "Do you smell it? You definitely are passing gas." It was funny. I guess I was passing gas but couldn't even tell. I have lost all feeling back there. 

Within minutes of getting home, I could feel my intestines making some movement. I am happy to announce that after acupuncture, I finally passed gas. It's a start and hopefully my tummy ache and pains will go away soon!