Hello! 🤗🦋 I haven’t been here for awhile, but life gets in the way 🙉🤷🏻♀️. To be honest I always have the blog on my mind and whenever I have some free time (which doesn’t happen very often, would you believe? 😜🤭) I try to do some blogging. My head is always full of ideas 🤯🤭. You may ask what I’m up to? Well.. where do I start?! ✌🏼😜 college- exams, lectures, assignments, tutorials, exercises, case studies, consultations 🙉😅 , physiotherapy (of course) 3 times a week- pretty intensive, in between sessions MOTOmed and other therapies at home, podcasts, audiobooks, meditating and other mind work (self-development all the way ✌🏼🙌🏻!) Anything to raise my awareness and help myself on my journey to recovery ❤️🩹. Of course balance is key, so I always find time for some entertainment. I thought that while keeping you updated on my progress I’ll also blog about other things that I’m passionate about, like health, mental wellness, nutrition and so on. Today I’ll share some of the techniques I use to keep myself motivated and to keep going!
There’s nothing better to lift your spirits up 😊 than a good motivational video. I’m sharing a few that I came across recently and loved 🥰! Here’s another tool to fuel yourself… 🏋🏻♀️💪🏼👣 I use it myself, and it really works 🔥
Quotes are another way so I can’t not paste one here (I wouldn’ be able to sleep 🤪😂😅). Sooo as Oprah says: “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”🤗
“When things get tough and when we go through tough times it’s very easy to give up, it’s very hard to hold on when you don’t see a way out” ~Victoria Arlen
“When life hits you hard and these unexpected/unwelcomed challenges test you, you can either let those obstacles pull you down, or you can stop, take a deep breath, and take a moment to find things that you’re GRATEFUL for in your life…When you do that, when you focus on what you STILL HAVE, that’ll create HOPE, hope that tomorrow will be just a bit better than today. When you take that hope I believe you’ll find yourself back on the path to living your dreams” ~Victoria Arlen
🦋 NEVER GIVE UP! Because great things take time 🦋
Did you ever notice that most successful athletes, actors, actresses, singers, entrepreneurs millionaires, celebrities, anyone who achieved something in life, they never had it easy? Hard childhoods, life struggles, multiple rejections, yet they always pulled themselves back up, right?! Just like in one of my favourite quotes: “Fall seven times, stand up eight”… You’ll always get stories about how each person learned the value of self-worthiness, and truly believed they CAN! It was probably that Self-worth that allowed them to persevere when numerous challenges and obstacles got in the way. No one has an easy path to their dreams or goals… or the road to happiness #BelieveInYourself #SelfWorth #SelfBelief
Professional athletes often tell stories of how they got cut from their high school teams. Even Michael Jordan had that happen to him actually. Shakira and Beyonce were told they couldn’t sing, Trump lost money many times, Jennifer Anniston never had it easy, Lisa Kudrow lost her job as an actress being told she couldn’t act, before landing her role as Phoebe on the most successful TV series (my favourite by the way 😜) “Friends”. Tom Hardy (🔥😍😜) overcame an addiction, Kevin Hart had a rough childhood and now he’s able to laugh about it, even making us all laugh as a comedian either in his stand ups or through movies. I could list such examples for hours. But I also know some people personally, or know of people who transformed their lives, and more importantly found happiness, sometimes again, sometimes for the first time! 🍀 #faith #SelfBelief #NeverGiveUp #KeepGoing
Their persistence drove them to success! But that couldn’t be possible without what I wrote about in my previous post; Self-worth, Self-belief, Self-discipline, “self” everything, so You and YOU only! NOONE else but YOU‼️
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Coming back to MOTOmed therapy (cycling), that I’m doing regularly at home every second day, I am now reaching just over 5km actively in a 40min session, whereas previously I was able to do just over 4km… 💪🏼🥰 that’s progress! I’m still working on symmetry as my left (stronger) leg usually works harder, but I’m getting a 50/50 result more and more often 🙌🏻!
Another “little” achievement is that I’m starting to push myself in my wheelchair with both hands. Of course my right arm is much more affected ☹️😩 and pushing the wheels on my wheelchair is nowhere near perfect, but considering the fact it was impossible and out of question few months ago it is HUGE progress for me. I can actually see the changes myself, I can clearly see that I’m able to open the right hand more actively and place it more accurately on the wheel rim, it’s very hard to explain but I’m able to use the pushing power more efficiently, more effectively, I’m learning to use the hand without having to control it with my eyes 👀, because unfortunately my deep feeling/proprioception was greatly affected by stroke. I usually have to look at a certain body part to move it 🤷🏻♀️ BUT again I’m getting better at it! I feel so happy that what I once thought was impossible and unimaginable to me, is actually happening ☺️.
Just to give you an idea of the types of videos I’m watching ☝🏼🤓. Everytime I meditate, one of MANY things that I am grateful for is my mind, the fact that the stroke didn’t take my mind/cognition from me 🙏🏼. Ability to think is a type of freedom, freedom to imagine myself anywhere I want in any situation I want, I’m able to do mind work and mental rehearsal to help myself on this journey to recovery. My favorite sentence I hear so often now “wherever your attention goes, your energy follows” – I always try to remind myself of this throughout the day! I feel so so lucky that I’m still ME and that I am conscious and aware. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of AWARENESS in life and I firmly believe that this is a necessity in the process of recovery from any illness, I have that SO I CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING! I CAN AND I WILL! 👊🏼 (I’m amazed that despite my circumstances I am so motivated and inspired to keep going, I always laugh and smile 😊, I often think about that, I think HOW? WHY? and just to quickly comment, I am quite sure that this is thanks to some higher intelligence/power/God, whatever you want to call it, but also nutrition (gut bacteria/microbiome so closely associated with mood, it’s not a coincidence that our gut is also called our “second brain”), awareness, spirituality and what I expose myself to in life (what I listen to, watch, the people that surround me) and so on… 🤗🦋🏽
🦋 Awarness is the greatest agent for change 🦋
4 thoughts on “🌻 Motivation & Fuel 🌻”
I really enjoyed what you had to say. I love your attitude of remaining positive. When was your stroke? Mine occurred in September, 2021. I too have Locked In Syndrome. I have been bedridden ever since, but believe I will be able to walk my 13 year old down the isle someday. I see pictures of you sitting up. I have also read about you being in a wheelchair. As I am new to your BLOG, I’ve not yet been able to catch up on all your posts… yet. I’m sure that these questions are answered there, but patience has never been one of my strong suits. How long did you remain paralyzed and in bed? I ask because it seems as if you are about 21/2 to 3 years ahead of me in your recovery. I know, as you said in one of your writings, that every brain is different. Mine might be either a longer or shorter journey.
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P.S. That is a very old BLOG, that I obviously haven’t posted to for a long time. My new BLOG is on another site.
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Hi. My stroke was back in 2015..so years ago, I’m still in a wheelchair, yes I’m sitting but just in physiotherapy with supervision. I also believe that I’ll WALK again, I had Locked-in syndrome for the first 5 months. I’m actually 31 today so I’m blogging about the whole journey. Keep going! I’m glad that you’re enjoying my blog, I hope it’ll help you somehow! 🦋
I appreciate the quick response. I am inspired by your story. I have read Victoria Allen’s book, and watched several of her videos, but not the one you have posted above, not yet anyway. Another inspiring story, even if she doesn’t like to be referred to as an inspiration. Best of luck with your continued recovery.
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