Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I get it!! Do you??

I get it! Do you?
Have you ever watched a TV commercial and literally had your mouth water over a food commercial? did this big desire ever make you go above and beyond to get that exact food?? This was me and my hubby, Jason, before Juicing and our 41 day old Vegan Lifestyle (diet is a dirty word after none of them worked).  I won't talk for Jason, but for me, my emotional ties to food were HUGE and I felt totally out of control and reaching hopeless status super fast. So bad I cried on Day 3 for 5 hours and I mean non-stop. All the while sorting through what I was sad about--was it missing food? was I hungry? was this emotional or physical pain or a combo? 
Everything was so maxed out all over my body that I was super confused and in a detox haze that turned into detox flu a few days later and then lasted for 2 weeks. 

After we started our quest to get healthy in 2010 (after my hubby and I saw photos of ourselves at a family wedding), I got 2 NEW health conditions--In June of 2012, I got unexplained hand rashes that would crack and bleed and water, lotions, my shampoo, etc etc made my hands burn and get worse. My hands turned out to be the catalyst for my deep NEED to find a cure that would allow my body to heal itself. And then in May 2013, I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. Both of these were huge blows to me since I was working on me the whole time!! AND I had no confidence in focusing on me (hadn't done that since teenage years). They say once you become Mom, your focus is on your children and you will never be #1 again. I am living proof that you will NOT be alive if you don't learn to find a way to meet your needs also!!! Its necessary for everyone to take care of themselves and its NOT selfish to love your self and have healthy self esteem and healthy self confidence. Our society and media get it wrong MOST of the time!!! I figure if we get a cut on the outside of our bodies and we leave it alone, our bodies heal themselves. Why can't we also heal the inside with proper nutrition and hydration? Its worked for me and all this will be in my book, but I won't rush to publish until I have the full story. Plus I Won't quit eating only fruits and veggies and juicing daily until my body is back to its healthy self. Even then I will continue to live clean and vegan except on holidays and special occasions as I have learned is very easy to adhere to plus I never get hungry headaches or brain fog anymore. I don't miss cravings, I don't miss the dependence, I don't miss being that out of control and I definitely don't miss the pain!!!!!! 

Love & hugs to ALL my Pain Brothers and Pain Sisters worldwide struggling with pain and illness--Keep up all your hard work!! I know EVERY day is a different kind of challenge you must endlessly re-evaluate and adapt to. Its normal to become weary at just the thought of your pain and feeling your pain is just on top of that weariness, then add emotional stress and physical stress of your pain and all the side effects from any meds you take and any medical conditions caused by the meds or medical conditions caused by the extra stress, and so on and so on.... ad infinitum (spelling in latin? NOT!)! Its taxing to your soul and overwhelming to your body and spirit, but YOU are never alone!!! That's why I made PSS!! 

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Written by Liz Hall, Founder of PSS
10/15/2013 ©

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oh My Goodness=Its all been worth it!

I have been SUPER frustrated with my 9.5lbs weight loss in last 30 days of Vegan/Juicing lifestyle as compared to my husband Jason Hall's amazing 27lbs! A friend of Jason's (fellow mechanic) from our Sunday School class passed away & there was a memorial service in his honor on October 6th. Jas & I hesitantly chose to do "closet time". Anyone who has struggled with their weight knows that trying on clothes can be a HUGE blow to self esteem and confidence and this was the cause of our hesitancy. 

30 days ago, Jason wore size 5X shirt and size 60 dress pants. Now he is wearing a size 54 dress pant and 3X shirt!! 30 days ago, I wore a 26/28 (3X or 4X depending on which brand) shirt and size 2X pant. Now I am wearing size 22/24 (1X or 2X again depending on brand) and size Large (passing 1X and XL) pants! Plus my bra went from a 44D to a 40D. Usually I am very careful who knows my sizes, but my willingness to share is born out of knowing there are so many others out there who understand the stigma and humiliation of being overweight. YOU are not alone as I have another 81 lbs to go and Jas has another 135 lbs left to lose! 

I know I have tried EVERY diet there is since age 3 and NONE of them worked consistently! 

Not only have we lost weight, but we feel CLEAN inside and out eating ONLY fruits and vegetables! Initially, we both had a HUGE increase in our pain and symptoms all over our bodies. Including 2 weeks of what turned out to be "detox flu". Its been the BIGGEST challenge in our lives and even had me crying for 5 hours on Day 3 when I let go of all my emotional ties to food. It meant I had to sort out what was really making me cry--was I missing food? was I missing eating? was I hungry? was the BIG pain physical or emotional or both? and so many other questions kept rolling around in my head. By Day 5 all that was gone and then we got sicker than dogs for 2 weeks. That's all in the past now and so are the cravings and we both have lots more energy and zest for life! 

I believe what one person can do, another can do. 

This is NOT bragging. Instead its sharing my BIG pain and BIG challenge and knowing I risk ridicule in the name of giving just one of YOU HOPE that you can turn back the clock also and live your life more whole and with more wellness. Its the baby steps that add up to BIG leaps forward over time! Its a journey we started after seeing pictures of ourselves at a family wedding on June 25, 2010. In July 2010 we began changing our habits and making wellness our goal. We just re-figured and since 2010, I have lost 84 lbs and Jas has lost 105lbs. Only gonna get better from here! 

Thank you to all my facebook family (this includes my Pain Brothers and Pain Sisters) + my old & new friends! Without your uplifting and loving responses to this post, I would never have found the courage to go global. My heartfelt gratitude and love goes out to each of you! XOXO 

Written by Liz Hall, Founder of Pain Sufferers Speak
on October 5, 2013 ©

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