ARTHRITIS AND FEMINISM
What on earth do the two have to do with each other? If I had one word to describe why they are connected it would be
Let me explain.
In the aftermath of this past weeks election. Many of us are stunned at what direction our country (the system) has chosen. It has occurred to me that this is a wake up call. We have been called to stand on our beliefs and in order to do that we need STRENGTH.
As you know I am in the business of leading women out of whatever is keeping from achieving their weight loss goals. This spring and all summer I (against all that I stand for ) joined a gym to get strong. Because I know that muscle mass decreases as we age and also burns fat while we sleep, I wanted to prove it to my followers. I was looking great no flabby jiggly underarm fat. Proud to wear sleeveless shirts all summer. Then of course I encountered the “Resistance.” That invisible force that is always at work to steal your dream.
Here is the form the “Resistance” took for me. About 8weeks ago I was hit with a triple whammy. I broke my toe and I developed arthritis in my elbow. I also started a second job which has consumed almost all of my free time. Between the two pains and the time element, I began to lose my strength.
All I wanted to do was to curl up on the couch with a heating pad and a bottle of Ibuprofen. Not being able to go on my walk was devastating to my spirit. Finally little by little I added back to my routine and am now almost back to baseline. But my muscle mass has diminished. Luckily I know that I can rebuild them with a little effort and a lot of determination.
Arthritis (and broken bones) can cripple a person, but the thing you need to know is that YOU MUST KEEP MOVING. Any Rhematoid specialist and any information you look for will tell you so. This is the one time you DO NOT want to listen to your body. You must ignore the difficulty and deal with the pain and get up and move.
*Broken bones are a little bit different requiring no weight bearing and immobilization for 6 weeks to heal in general. But you can still move the parts that are not broken, even if your whole body wants to remain in a cast.
So it is with Feminism. Apathy is the arthritis of life. You need strength to keep moving your painful joints (as well as getting rid of the cause of the inflammation) Now is the time to move, take up you sword, whatever it is you feel most passionate about and take action on it. The lies we have let infiltrate our lives and our communities and the values we have let slip from our grasp have crippled our society and the world. Whether it is bullying, gun violence, human trafficking, racism, exclusion, it is time to take a stand and do it with all your strength. Maybe you have always wanted to volunteer somewhere, find a charity that needs you to raise money for them. What ever it is it is time to start doing it now. It can be locally in your own community or take it global, literally the world is at your fingertips.
Start by getting physically strong, build some muscles. Consider taking the time to take care of yourself. Adding the right food and supplements is crucial in fighting off inflammation. I am excited to be sharing with you soon a new combination of ancient herbs and spices designed specifically for inflammation. Sign up for the newsletter WeighLess wonders to get this information first hand.
Reclaim your power. Now more than ever you must speak out on what you believe. It might seem like it doesn’t make any difference how you feel about something, that things will never change and they are just going to get worse. That can’t be farther from the truth.
THIS IS OUR TIME TO RISE UP.
No other time in history of the USA have women been so united and strong. We have a mass of experience. Don’t let apathy be your bottle of ibuprofen. Get up off your couch and open your mouth. Find one thing each day that you have the power to change and change it. Do it to help others do it because it is the right thing to do… do it for yourself.
Together with our combined strength, experience, love, passion and power we can and will change the world.
I stand with you.