In April of this year, I decided to get some blood work done.
I had a feeling that something was up with my body when I finished the Hard 75 challenge and noticed no aesthetic changes to my physique.
The sense of urgency to get help wasn’t only brought on the way that I looked but I honestly felt like sh*t.
I was getting nauseous at night from fatigue. My food cravings were out of control. I had no energy yet I would push myself to do insane workouts out of fear of getting fat.
My blood work revealed some shocking things about my health.
It turns out that my body was highly inflamed, my adrenals were shot, my thyroid was producing antibodies and I had several nutrient deficiencies.
Yepp – even someone who is a freak about their health can have underlying issues.
Luckily everything I had going on wasn’t too severe the nurse told me. He said that with some lifestyle modifications and introductions to the right supplementation for my body that I could be able to save my health without prescription drugs.
The most pressing issue was fatigue.
My recipe for disaster started in 2019
- Not sleeping
- Too much cold brew
- Teaching too many fitness classes
- The pressure to look a certain way
- Financial stress
- Emotional stress
- Binge eating
Every single day was a struggle but caffeine saved the day. I loved it. I needed it. It was as essential as water to me. Life just wasn’t the same without my cold brew.
I read about healing my adrenals and the first piece of advice was to cut out caffeine.
I hated reading that!
I never thought I would give up coffee but I knew I needed to do it in order to heal.
Change isn’t always easy.
Especially if it is something you feel like you SHOULD be doing instead of wanting to do.
I knew I needed to kick the caffeine habit so I did some mindset work.
I had to ask myself four crazy questions to change my mind.
- What is GOOD about not changing?
- What would be BAD about changing?
- What might be GOOD about changing?
- What might be BAD about NOT changing?
Here are my answers.
- I could keep drinking my coffee and stay the same.
- If I quit I would give up a ritual that I loved.
- If I quit and healed my body I would not need coffee anymore and my body would operate properly independent from caffeine!
- If I didn’t quit I could potentially harm my body even more. I could potentially be more fatigued or need drugs to keep myself functioning.
After doing this exercise I realized that not quitting was no longer an option.
I successfully quit caffeine for six weeks and now I enjoy it by choice from time to time.
My energy levels are constant now and if I don’t have caffeine I survive.
If you are feeling resistant to change you can try this exercise out for yourself.
This may be the medicine you need to change your mind about changing.
Or you can stay the same!
Both will work to some point but at least do it knowing what you can expect as the outcome!
I hope this helps you as much as it helped me.