“My New “Take on Life” Gave me the Opportunity to Take ON a New Life!”
By: Susan Haas
When you chat with Laurie Meyers, you can’t help but smile.
Her sparkling personality and upbeat “attitude of gratitude” mentality bubbles to the surface the moment you meet her. It makes you wonder if she’s a)either on her 5th shot of espresso, or b) – just one of those naturally positive people who look at life everyday as a gift. You know, the people those of us who DO need 5 shots of espresso to open our eyes all the way in the morning let alone smile, have a love/hate relationship with. Turns out it is the latter. While her perkiness has always been a part of her personality, she hasn’t always enjoyed the same quality of life to match her effervescence. Her story is one that we espresso-dependent people can learn a lot from.
“I was extremely overweight, lethargic and my quality of life was not where I wanted it to be. I suffered with Rheumatoid Arthritis and had also been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
My diet was erratic and regular exercise was definitely not on my radar. I was always too tired or in too much pain to really embrace my life at the time, even though I’m a very positive person by nature.” says the 64-year-old, her eyes cast downward as she reflects on the challenges her health issues and lifestyle choices had confined her to. “I had no energy. Everyday tasks like household chores were difficult.” Laurie recalls. An avid dog lover, even walking her two beloved Goldendoodles posed challenges. In addition to the physical limitations, Laurie’s self-image also suffered. “I hated looking in the mirror and I avoided cameras at all costs. I didn’t like what I saw, and I didn’t like what other people saw, including my family. I know it was difficult for them to watch this downward spiral in both my physical and emotional health.” Laurie knew if she didn’t make some major lifestyle changes, things would only get worse. “I had already had hip replacement surgery on both hips and was facing knee replacement surgery, so I decided enough was enough! I felt a responsibility to myself, my husband and children to start to live healthier.”
And so began Laurie’s journey.
She turned to her daughter, Dr. Amanda Meyers-Kuper and the Body Logic Chiropractic team and took the first step. “With the help of my daughter and her wonderful and knowledgeable staff, the first thing I did was change to a gluten-free diet. I won’t tell you it was easy, I mean, after years of eating so poorly, my body wasn’t used to it, so it was a process. Baby steps. I remember thinking “How in the world is anything gluten -free going to taste good and how much of a hassle it would be to find it. But you know what? It wasn’t that difficult to find; plus, to my surprise, most everything tasted really good! Take it from me, I’m a lifelong foodie – I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true! I also began to make gluten-free recipes for myself and my husband, which also helped.” Slowly, Laurie’s energy began to match her personality and zest for life as the weight started to come off and she was able to do more activities with less pain. “I could not believe how much better I felt. It was like a new take on life!”
In addition to making major changes in her diet, with the help of Dr. Amanda, Laurie was able to familiarize herself with and become knowledgeable about supplementation to incorporate into and work in conjunction with her dietary changes. “I take several daily supplements in addition to ASEA (I call it liquid gold!) and the topical ointment RENU 28 to help with any joint flair ups or inflammation, which occur far less frequently now since I’ve begun this journey, plus I have found they’re equally as important to my overall health as is the food consumption.”
Laurie also incorporated chiropractic work and massage therapy in addition to regular exercise to balance out her health routine and regimen.
Small steps, like walking the dogs and riding a stationary bike helped motivate her to continue on her journey. As with all goals in life, there are challenges along the way and success is after all, when preparation meets opportunity. In the case with Laurie, these steppingstones were preparing her body and mind for not only a life of healthful living, but also that knee replacement surgery she knew had to occur at some point. “I knew I needed to have the surgery, and taking that time to prepare myself for it by applying a comprehensive approach of diet, supplementation and exercise made all the difference in how I handled the surgery from an emotional perspective, as well as allowed me to heal more quickly and thoroughly because my body and mind were stronger than ever.”
Today, Laurie’s exuberance is an inspiration to all.
“I’ve lost a hundred and fifty pounds, my energy level is through the roof, I love having fun, exploring, hiking, bike riding, beach combing and most of all, being able to do things with my grandchildren! Every day is a new adventure! It is the absolute best feeling in the world, and I wish it on anyone. If you’re taking the time to read my story, I encourage you to make time for yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you were missing out on. And on a side note, for someone who hated having her picture taken, I’m the first one to “smile for the camera!”