Ellen Thomas

Your Transformation Coach - Transformation Coach
Esslingen - Germany

    Getting back in the Saddle Again…

    April 6, 2012

    I frequently hear (and you probably do, too) that someone can’t run any more (or can’t golf or bike or play tennis, etc.) because it causes them pain. They blame it mostly on getting older and accept it without a fight. They think they can’t workout anymore because of these aches and pain in their knees or other joints. Really?


    C’mon! This doesn’t need to be the case for anyone! I put my foot down (no pun intended!) and refuse to be limited…and you should too! In fact, this is one of the reasons I am a coach today…because I refused to accept that the way I was feeling was normal. So I did research and used myself as a guinea pig (so to speak!). And, to my delight, I discovered that it WASN’T normal to feel that way and I figured out how to heal myself.


    For example, I recently got plantar fasciitis from running. My own fault to begin with since I had been wearing high heels and walking 1-2 miles a day in them AND not stretching properly at the end of each day. So, no wonder that when I went to run at the end of a long high heel wearing week, I ended up with plantar fasciitis. Since I’d had it before and had figured out how to nip it in the bud, I took massive positive action. (keep in mind that I start with a good foundation of health by getting the right nutrients into my body so it can do its job and heal):


    1. I applied ice packs for 20 min on and 20 min off all weekend long for the first weekend.


    2. I took Traumeel tablets (under my tongue) and used Traumeel cream 4 times/day on my feet. I originally found this in Germany, but have seen it at Whole Foods and other good health food stores in the US. You can find it online as well. Traumeel can be used daily to minimize swelling virtually anywhere on the body. This is homeopathic, so for best results, don’t have mint, coffee or chocolate within 15 minutes on either side of taking it orally.


    3.  I started stretching several times/day and rolling a golf ball under my foot (stimulates blood to the area and promotes healing. If it hurts when you do it, you need to do it).


    4.  I visualized myself (especially my feet!) as vibrant, active and healthy.


    5. I got out and power walked after the first weekend so I was keeping things moving.


    6. I wore sensible shoes for a couple weeks. This was the most challenging part for me!


    So, in a matter of two weeks-I went from pain to gain…and am now running consistently and pain-free again. Woohoo!


    What’s keeping you from getting back in the saddle? How could you look at it differently? What would you like to be doing again? Can’t wait to hear! Please share your thoughts below or email me at ellen@yourtransformationcoach.com. Think outside of the box and let’s get out and MOVE!


    Ellen Thomas is the founder of Your Transformation Coach and is passionately dedicated to helping people live their authentic life NOW. Her philosophy: Why wait? Every moment of your life has significance. Don’t waste another second not experiencing the true meaning in your life!  A military spouse with an MBA in International Marketing, she is multilingual, an avid runner and loves to travel. She currently lives near Stuttgart, Germany with her husband Michael and canine running coach Bella. Catch a sneak peak of her upcoming webinar, Ten Keys for Living Outside of the Box here.


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