Roadblocks. They're the worst, right? I mean, you're working so hard to accomplish your goals, improve your life or just get by. It seems like as soon as you've figured things out, another roadblock. It's as if you're cursed!
I've been contemplating the significance of these roadblocks lately. It seems as though our natural inclination is to fall into feelings of despair. Some of us know how to get over it and move on, others tend to soak in the feeling for a while.
The reason I've been contemplating this is because I've been experiencing the worst digestive issues of my life over the past 2 months. This has forced me to reflect on the past 3 years of nutrition and fitness experimentation and research I've done. Upon reflection, I see failure after failure with some small wins and plenty of knowledge gained along the way.
My goal over these past 3 years has been to get in the best physical shape that my phenotype will allow. I find a new approach that I'm sure will finally set me free, only to have it completely fail.
So what keeps me going?
The adversity ignites a new fire in me. The drive and motivation is a result of that.
Nothing is going to kill my vision. I will be able to naturally slim down and be able to tolerate any (healthy) food that I want, eventually. I WILL NOT STOP until I figure this out.
I am going to list some of the issues I've been facing recently in the order that I believe they occurred. To provide some context to all of this, it's important to tell you that 2 months ago, I started feeling some major digestive issue such as extreme bloating, new food allergies, asthma-like symptoms and a disrupted sleep pattern.
This sent me into a depression. Not just because I felt like crap but also because a lot of these gastrointestinal changes are linked with mental health. It almost took me back to the way I used to feel in my younger days. This scared me so much that I decided perform a 10 day water only fast but that didn’t fix much.
Here is the list of digestive problems I suspect I picked up:
1. Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
2. LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux)
3. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
4. SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
5. Histamine Intolerance
6. Leaky Gut Syndrome
6. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
I've been battling the symptoms associated with these conditions for as long as I can remember. Each of the above conditions, contributes to the development of the others. It's not until recently that my symptoms have gotten much worse. I have my suspicions as to why, but I will outline all of that in a future blog post.
It took having the symptoms get worse for me to research these things more deeply. I am currently in the process of healing myself using holistic approaches.
So where is the blessing in this whole mess?
Sometimes it's hard to find the blessing in something that seems to be such a destructive curse but finding the blessing will lead you to the motivation you need to succeed.
Sure I have my own motivations to get through these roadblocks, but sometime I feel like just giving up. I mean, there's millions of people that cope with these issues every day. Why should I attempt to fix myself?
These are the thoughts that creep into my mind. It's hard to overcome them sometimes. It wasn't until I started to change my perspective a little bit. Yes. There are millions of people who suffer from these digestive issues every day. What if my findings could potentially help someone else?
This perspective change was what it took for me to refuel my fire. This situation is bigger than me. The blessing in this situation is that I have the potential to help others figure out this mess (because traditional doctors sure as hell won't!).
Changing your perspective can be hard when you're stuck in the tunnel vision of despair.
It helps to ask yourself:
"What am I doing this for?"
"What would the success of getting through this situation mean for me (or those around me)?"
"What bigger purpose could this be serving?"
"What lessons are there for me to learn here?"
Without the negatives, we'd never appreciate the positives.
This universe has no absolutes. Everything is relative. Our situations are never as bad as we make them out to be. We tend to only focus on the negative. Simply remembering that there is someone out there going through something considerably worse should keep us grounded, but to us, our situation is the worst.
Zooming out of the situation can provide you with the necessary perspective to find the will to overcome.
It is also important to understand that our crappy situations are a reference that we must use to help us truly appreciate the good times.
"Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." - Malcolm Forbes
So in understanding all of this, it's clear that negative times are more-so negative, if you allow them to be! Road blocks have their purpose in your life and understanding what you can gain from these scenarios will propel you to continuous growth.
Continually search for new perspectives and commit to accomplishing your dreams!
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Published by Alaa Allen Elbanna