I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days?
My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible. This is my Journey.
How moving away from pre-processed foods saved my son’s life and changed the rest of us too!
Today’s blog post is long, but is close to my heart, part of my story and of past amazingness and our journey! I’ll make tomorrow’s post shorter to balance things out!
I grew up with a mom from the country who did things the old fashioned way a.k.a. natural. I had tobacco and spit, eeewww, on bee stings, aloe plant on burns, fresh air for “anything that ails you” etc. and I had a step mom from the mid-west who embraced the natural and healthy ways of her upbringing combined with the push of the 70’s so, I also grew up with brown bread, brown pasta and rice, veggies and the example of someone who exercised almost every day that I can remember for my whole life! This is a great heritage and training for me, but like most of us and our kids we don’t always follow what mom says. When I became and adult I didn’t do any of those things, but all that changed the day my youngest child nearly died, he made me go back to my crunchy roots.
My son Micah was born in 1991 and seemed healthy. He didn’t have baby fat and I missed those little rolls, but it never occurred to me that anything was wrong. Around the 6 month mark he began falling of the growth chart in weight (he was 95th percentile in height, so wow!) then at 7 months he had an intussusception, where the intestines telescope into themselves. It was an awful day, he would scream in pain and then projectile vomit. We took him to the Dr. and were sent home after being told it was probably a stomach virus, which was going around. Hours later he continued to scream in pain and vomit, but would then pass out and go limp after each bout. We headed back to the Dr. and by this time he was so dehydrated that they couldn’t find a vein and had to insert the IV into the top of his head. When the Dr. took off his diaper and it was filled with blood and his intestines were balled up into a ball that bulged from his stomach in a knot the size of a softball. His condition was too severe for the local hospital and they rushed my son to a more specialized hospital, Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, and told us he was going into shock and did we understand that he might not make the trip! It was the worst day of my life.
Micah ended up having surgery that night to correct the situation and we were told that in all the years this Dr. had practiced he had never seen an intussesception this severe that happen so quickly. His colon was at his anus! What this meant was that he was able to save the intestines! Normally this severe of an intussesception would cause the intestines to be damaged from loss of blood flow, like folding a garden hose over, and it would have to be removed; he was able to keep all of his intestine! We went home with a living and again seemingly healthy baby! However, Micah continued to stay well below normal in weight and as he got older he would have other bouts of sickness and 2 other intussesceptions that corrected themselves. We had tons of tests done-nothing! My little baby would play and then be so exhausted after just a little bit of playtime that he would just lie on the floor and rest until he could play again. It was so sad and I felt so helpless. He continued to be sick over the next year and then suddenly stopped getting violently sick. We had so many people praying and our Dr. to this day says he is baffled!
Though no longer violently ill, something wasn’t quite right. My son was the whitest baby I’d ever seen and by the time he was 3 he had some color, but was still pretty white. I started to notice that if I made foods from instant, pre-packaged meals he turned even whiter. I started experimenting with whole foods, fresh, organic foods and started making everything from scratch. When I did his color came back and he started looking healthy. If I switched back to pre-processed foods he turned white again. As I thought about this I realized that we must all be effected by the pre-processed foods, but he just showed it outwardly where the rest of us didn’t and I made the switch for our family and my son. My children are now 23 and 21 and have grown up with fresh, real food, prepared from scratch. That was 18 years ago and my son has been healthy ever since. As a matter of fact both of my children have been extremely healthy. The doctor remarked that aside from my son’s illness as a baby they had the skinniest charts in the office!
This brings me to the quote in the picture above “Let’s build wellness rather than disease” by Dr. Bruce Daggy who is the Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Science officer. By making some simple changes in our diet and lifestyle I have seen the difference in my entire family. While the changes did treat disease it also changed my son’s life and built wellness in him and in us. Small changes can have big results! This is one example of small changes leading to amazing and inspires me to continue to look for other opportunities of change. What is your story? What will you change to reach amazing?
So, how’s it going?
Goal one, my Shaklee Business: I feel a little better about my attitude! Yesterday I overcame fear and made a phone call from a lead I had to a complete stranger, and you know what? I didn’t die! I also spent time studying the product guide. It is important to be well informed when talking to people, but most people are forgiving if I have to honestly say “I don’t know, let me get your contact information and I will find out and get back to you”. I am beginning to see how much of my transformation to amazing is to do with my way of thinking, attitudes, and actions as much as growth.
Goal two, my health and fitness: I really didn’t move as much as I would like to have moved or planned to move. I only have an apathetic attitude and excuses for yesterday. At this rate I’m on a journey to meh! It is my brain that is the issue! If I just stop and do what needs to be done I know I will have the time and energy! JUST DO IT!!!! Some days are just not so fun! At least we get a fresh start each day!
I will be out of town for the day today, but plan to at least squeeze in a morning or evening yoga routine and I challenge myself to choose wisely at restaurants! I also plan to remember to listen to people to see if they have needs Shaklee can meet and then step out of my comfort zone, ask questions, and tell them what I know and love! And of course I will Strip and Shake daily and Blog.
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!