Yes, I’ve gained weight. GASP! A personal trainer gaining weight?? What?? 😵 I’ve gotten a lot of comments lately on my posts saying how “thic” I look so I wanted to address it this once.
Lately, my goal has had nothing to do with my aesthetic, looks, or physique. I’ve been focusing on how I feel and my health, instead.
Last month, I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type I (adult onset), a congenital brain condition that causes severe neurological symptoms such as daily headaches, sharp neck pains, dizziness, tremors, muscle weakness, and joint pain.
To put it simply, I haven’t felt good in the last year as I’ve been declining and I haven’t been able to workout like I used to.
When I cough, laugh, sneeze, look up, bend over, or lift heavy things, I usually get a sharp pain in my head. This is my new normal and there’s no cure. I can opt to do brain surgery as a last resort to slow the progression and to help with the symptoms, but again that’s a last resort.
So here I am at 140lbs. The heaviest I’ve been (non-pregnancy) since 2010. It’s been a little tough to deal with.. But it’s also been an amazing journey where I’ve learned to love my body for the basic things that it can do: walk, talk, breathe, eat, smell, and see.
These are things we often take for granted. I used to take days without headaches for granted, but I no longer do. Every day is a blessing. Every good feeling is even a bigger blessing. Your health can change within a minute-even if you’re the healthiest person on the planet.
When I get home, I will be changing my diet and exercise routine to best suit my condition while seeing specialists to see what can be done to control my symptoms medically and non-surgically.
I cannot even begin to thank you all for the love and the support. I never thought in a million years something like this would happen to me. I have asked God countless times “WHY?” But I’ve accepted it and will be trekking forward. 💪🏽 If you’re suffering from daily or chronic headaches, please go see a doctor and request a brain scan or MRI! I wouldn’t have found my diagnosis without one.
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