Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! She trains like a boss. #Shepersists




They tried to beat me down and kill me. I was warned. I was given an explanation. Night after night while my father beat me into the middle of next week and on the weekends my grandmother tormented me with crazy rituals. The explanation they gave me left quite the imprint on my mind, body, heart and soul.

Ten years ago they almost won when my body shut down and my Spirit cried out for healing.

I set out on a healing quest quitting my almost 20 year award winning career as a VA social worker to heal my life. At the time, I had no idea what it meant except that I was NOT going to take the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome sitting down - literally and metaphorically.

What a journey it has been! Eight years after the diagnosis, I was finally led to a healer chiropractor and a master muscular therapist who would be the game changers in my life. I said goodbye to the medical model after meeting Ryan J. Means, DC and then Jeffrey Spratt,MT, master muscular therapist who pioneered the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy. We didn't set out to heal trauma, to grow a new gastroc muscle, to reverse the effects of osteoarthritis in my knee joints, dissolve bone spurs and to have me reclaim my advantage and reclaim my life with a vengeance. But here we are!

At 63 years old, I am training like a boss. After being told in December 2014 I should not run, if I did I should cap the distance at 5 miles and to prepare myself for a total knee replacement, I have run two consecutive Bermuda Half Marathons. I am planning to run a third consecutive half marathon in January 2018 in Key West but I have some serious training to do before I build miles again.

I shared my 5 day training program with Jeffrey during my massage therapy treatment yesterday while he flushed, stretched and helped me recover from my 5 days of intense training and we also continued to "squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube" to clear trauma so my energy can run clear and clean unencumbered by the events of my past. On Saturday Tom and I ran 4 miles with hills and headwind outdoors. Sunday was strength training which consists of: a circuit x 2 of upper body training with 5 pound free weights, squats, gastroc strengthening exercises, balance and core strengthening on Theraband Stability Trainers, a circuit of leg raises 12 x 2 with 4 pounds weight, clams 12 x 2 with 4 pound weights. Monday was an hour of swimming. Tuesday was 30 minutes on the Bike and 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer. Five days a week Tom and I do a 3:35 plank, the bicycle, knee to elbow and clams - with weights 3 days a week and two days without weights. I learned that 5 days with weights was a little too much.

Yesterday I cranked up the treadmill at Wave Health and Fitness and got my pace way down after running the Bermuda Half Marathon a few weeks ago.



Jeffrey agreed with me that:


He got really excited about my transformation and my determination to train and be better than I've ever been. He gave me a high five as I said #shepersists knowing everything I lived through and how, now, I leave all of this in the rear view mirror.

So yes it's true that they warned her, they gave her an explanation and proceeded to brutalize her BUT now she trains like a boss. #shepersists!

To your health and wellness,
~Mary

Be sure to check out my latest book, "Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance," now available on Amazon that chronicles my journey of healing and transformation and being able to go the distance after partnering with Jeffrey Spratt,MT.


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