Lisa Powers Discusses "Obstacles"

This blog post is courtesy of Miss Lisa Powers who has made one of the most amazing transformations I have ever witnessed and we have had the honor to be by her side every step of the way.

In this post, Lisa talks about "Obstacles" that you have to be able to overcome in order to make the most out of what is available to you.

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"Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there
is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles.
Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing
difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes
your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone

~ Brian Tracy

"My journey was full of
obstacles. The biggest one was my mind. I had so much hate and disgust towards
myself that is was overwhelming at times. SUCCESS WAS MY ONLY OPTION.

I made the decision to
change. I started being more active and cleaned up my nutrition a little. In 3
weeks, I dropped 7 pounds and for the first time in a long time I was feeling a
bit proud of myself. Then, I ruptured my achilles. I was starting my morning
with a nice jog on a trail and tore half of it off the bone. For two weeks, I had a pity party. I didn’t
understand how this could happen now. I was doing so good. I was on my way….and
now THIS?!?

One night I was sitting
watching tv and just thought I can’t be like this….I can’t NOT do anything. The
pity party was over. I headed to the gym with the knee high medical boot and
all. I lifted back that night (one of my favorites), giving myself a pep talk
as I left the gym. “That wasn’t so bad.
At least I didn’t sit at home. I can come back tomorrow and try some more. This
will be okay. I can at least do this.”

From there, I stayed
consistent. Through my 10.5 month transformation I experienced a strained back,
torn intercostal muscles, and then re-tore them 12 weeks later. This time is
was much worse. I couldn’t stand up straight for 2 weeks and ended up taking 4
weeks off from any exercise. I kept tight to my nutrition and my weight
continued to decrease even with the lack of exercise.

Once I started exercising
again, I was plague with a dull, chronic shoulder pain for 7 months. I pushed
through even with the discomfort. It finally became too painful to sleep and
went to get it checked out. It was an inflamed shoulder, suprasinats and bicep
. Physical therapists did an ultrasound and a couple rounds of a steroid
patch. Within in 1.5 weeks I was pain free. Still modified my workouts so as
not to inflame in again. I wish I would have gotten it check out much sooner.

I never set out to lose over
80 pounds. I had many false starts in the years before. The difference this
time was that the pain of all those injuries was nothing compared to the pain of being obese.
My journey was filled with mental and emotional trials as
well. I could have quit at anytime when those obstacles were set in front of
me. I just hung on and kept moving forward.

Success was my only option.

You can do it.

You are worth it."

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