Start a Revolution: Declare Your Independence

Now I ain’t sayin’ it’s right or it’s wrong
But maybe it’s the only way
Talk about your revolution
It’s Independence Day

-Martina McBride, Independence Day

What is a revolution?

The Dictionary defines revolutions as:
-the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one
-a sudden, radical, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.
-the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle
-a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something
-a changeover in use or preference especially in technology

So a personal revolution is when we attempt to end the way our life is going and start living our life in a new or different way. Or, maybe it means we are taking a sudden, radical, extreme or complete change in the way we live and work. Or, perhaps it is a fundamental change in the way we think about our life or how we visualize how our life will be…maybe its even a complete changeover in our preferences as they pertain to our life.

What needs to change right now in your life?

I know 7 years ago I didn’t need an initiative from the FOTUS to tell me that I needed to declare a (personal) war on obesity. I know my life had to change.

I weighed way to much, my knee caps were floating all over the place-I could barely walk. Every day was a match to see who would win pain vs me. Walking hurt, but trying to sleep was almost worse, because it was then that my legs would jerk and spasm as they tried to relax and recover from the strain walking had placed on muscles that were trying to push/pull my knee caps back into place.

In March, 2007 I had a 7-day cruise scheduled. Two weeks before I was to leave I couldn’t even walk into work. A trip to ER and x-rays showed that one knee cap was about 2” above my knee and the other knee cap was on the back of the knee.

The cure? The solution? There was none.

The doctor said here’s pain meds till they pop back in place, here’s some anti-nausea med to keep it all down and when you lose 100+lbs come back-you’ll be a candidate for surgery. (I was 30. …and not wanting to sleep away the cruise, I refused to take the prescription pain meds that knocked me out.)

Well, I’ve yet to go back to that doctor and I still haven’t had surgery. I lost that 100+ lbs and as I lost weight, my knee pain improved and my knees started moving normally.

That February when I walked out of that doctor’s office I was in month 16 of what turned out to be an 18 month fight to get approved for weight loss surgery. I had every co-morbidity that they required, but because of my age they didn’t want to approve something as drastic and life altering as weight loss surgery. In the end, the one thing that forced them to approve it was during the 2nd set of appeals the doctor on the insurance review board determined with the condition my knees were in that I would never be able to exercise adequately to create the calorie deficit needed for weight loss.

I don’t know what it is in your life that must change, but you do.

When you get serious about improving your life then you will create your own personal revolution. We will be the agent of change in your own life and you will make it happen.

Its not a trying game…trying isn’t doing.

Trying is thinking about it. Trying is disliking your life enough to complain about it but not disliking it enough to truly do more than complain. Trying isn’t doing. A revolution is not about a quick fix. Its not a diet to lose a few pounds-it is a radical change in your life.

Are you ready for a personal revolution?

I wear a disguise
I’m just your average jane
The super doesn’t stand for model
But that doesn’t mean I’m plain
If all you see is how I look
You miss the superchick within

Some people see the revolution but most only see the girl
I can lose my hard earned freedom if my fear defines my world
I declare my independence from the critics and their stones
I can find my revolution I can learn to stand alone…

I’ll be everything that I want to be
I am confidence in insecurity
I am a voice yet waiting to be heard
I’ll shoot the shot, bang, that you hear round the world…

And I’m a one girl revolution
-Superchick, One Girl Revolution

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