You never know what someone is going thru… Be kind..

Almost 24yrs ago, On June 11, 1991 my life changed in so many ways. There was tears of joy (a child was born), a sigh of relief (the child was healthy) and something so small yet so powerful that it would physically change me forever(an epidural to ease the pain of childbirth)… From that day on I would have the occasional lower back ache as expected from getting an epidural.. Ok.. No big deal, right.. So, I do it again 15 months later! Still, no big deal, right..? Until…Sixteen years & five months later… 

Seven years and three months ago, In November 2007… I was walking down the carpeted stairs of our duplex carrying our 5 month old babygirl. Yep, I did it one more time… Third one is supposed to be a charm, right? She was an average weight baby girl. The last 2 steps that I ever so gently slipped on, not falling hard at all, as I got up saying that I was okay & baby was also okay. So I thought I was okay, anyway… The next morning I was not even able to lift up our babygirl due to the excruciating pain in my lower back… So this is when the REAL fun begins with my back pain journey as well as my neck.. That I have managed to hide fairly well. Between then and today, I’ve been thru various physical therapy including acupuncture, kineseotaping, massages & chiropractor visits, two MRIs.. Even a spine surgeon visit for my neck. I’ll never forget the spine surgeon told me that I could have surgery but there’s the chance that I could end up back in the same condition I was in needing surgery in the future. My other option was to suck it up and deal with the pain I was having or try injections. Well… I don’t do surgery unless I absolutely have to in a life or death situation. Although I believe I have a pretty high pain tolerance.. I am not a big fan of needles! I really don’t know of too many people who actually enjoy getting shots with needles. Unless they enjoy the pain or have a fetish for needles or sharp objects entering or against flesh. Yes, I do know they exist. 

I really enjoy working out and living an active fit lifestyle but of course this back issue has caused some setbacks with all that I would like to do with my fitness. I made up my mind to not let my back issues set me back anymore… I’ve become a Beachbody Coach, I’m a Fitfluential Ambassador, a Move More Fitness Ambassador and a Certified Bootcamp Instructor and soon to be a Certified Personal Trainer! It’s all about doing more & being smart about it! (#BEMORE) I continue to workout and I modify and take it easy on my back. I’ve also started doing Yoga. Prior to doing Yoga, I’ve been doing the PiYo workout program by Chalene Johnson, which has been very helpful with my back issues. PiYo also helps keep the body toned up without the high intensity like other workouts. I’ve also been doing some Holy Yoga and lots of Yoga Challenges on Instagram. I’m currently doing about 4 Yoga Challenges… Some days it’s hard to get them all in.. Then I try to play catch up and have lots of poses to do in one day and it’s awesome.. Until my back starts hurting.. I’ve started putting my faith before all things.. That seems to be what is keeping me going in the right direction.. Tomorrow, 2.10.15, I will be getting an injection to help ease the pain that I have been suffering in my back… I’m nervous yet looking forward to the outcome. God willing it will go as I expect and I will be a much happier person! Pray for me ya’ll!!!

Thanks for reading… More to come in the future.. #followme 

Peace & Blessings, Helene...On the beach...


New Blogger… New beginnings.. My Platform.

So, obviously this is my very first blog page attempt. I have plenty to say & share but I do understand that I have to be very careful of what I choose to post & share. I have to evaluate if it is worth posting or not. Will it be interesting or informative to most? Of course it will not be interesting or informative to everyone! Will it be beneficial to someone? That is always a possibility! Most things that I have ever read anywhere, if it caught my attention to read, whether beneficial to me or not.. I sure could think of someone else it could be beneficial to. So I would share it! LighthouseI do know that whatever I choose to post will be positive.. For that is the only energy I would like to share & post.. I want readers to leave my blog thinking about what they just finished reading or viewing, smiling, laughing, enlightened, crying a good cry if it affects them that way… And of course by all means, wanting to SHARE IT!!! 🙂

In High School and in College, I was often told by my English Professors that I should be a writer. Of course, that not being my most favorite subject, I never gave it much thought. *shrugs shoulders* & *kept getting good grades*  That’s where my thoughts were at that time. As I got older and read a lot of books and have even previewed some new authors books. Which I thought was a pretty cool idea just to even be considered to preview a book for someone. That of course made me think, hhmmm.. Maybe I’m supposed to be on the proofreading side of writing books?? Then that thought also passed after all that red ink! Ha! I would sometimes think I was catching too many mistakes, but that’s what a proofreader is supposed to do, right? I wasn’t feeling that anymore. Moving right along… I have 3 children now, oldest one likes to write & youngest one loves to read… The middle one.. Well, let’s just say, she’s got potential! So, that being said… Maybe writing whether it be in a journal, a blog or actually a book.. I believe it is “In Me”! Somewhere deep down inside… It’ll happen. I have faith… I see a book in my future!
What’s with the random lighthouse picture, you may be wondering..? Well, nice views help ease my mind and enable me to flow with whatever I am thinking, saying and typing… That’s all! 😉 (I’m a pisces & really enjoy views with water.)


As for blogging about specific things that are asked of me, if it is informative and worth sharing… I strongly believe that I could research and blog away! So, you.. Yes, you reading this right now… If you have any suggestions.. I am wide open to them!!!

Thanks for reading this much! I look forward to posting a whole lot more in the future! This post here is just my “platform” to get my flow going… 

If it doesn’t challenge you, It doesn’t change you.. #BEMORE

Love & Blessings