Short Term Pain For Long Term Gain

It’s time for me to practice what I preach. It’s time to suck it up and have some pain today so that I can have all my dreams tomorrow.

Taking your own medicine is epic to say the least!

Its one day at a time; but it is going to be one healthy, happy, and powerful day at a time. It’s GO TIME, but in a completely different way.

When I come back I am going to be stronger than ever AND be able to think clearly enough to get all the sayings correct. ‘Sweep it under the rug!’ Goodness gracious!

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  1. I”m with you! I planned on competing on April 9 too but had surgery on Monday and have been instructed not to lift anything more than 10lbs for 4-6 weeks! Susan has been saying take care of your health first but it’s so hard. I read her blog and your blog and am so jealous of what you guys are doing. I want to be there too. But hearing you today, i know i must rest. So how about you and me commit to the competition in October? Stronger and healthier than ever, ok?

    • Deal! We are in for the fall and we are going to be more amazing that we could have ever been for April 9th. The women are just going to have put up with me hanging out backstage with them and offering to get them water or glue them into their suits! Hah!

      • I’d be excited to train along with you this fall! As I have decided to complete my very first competition in October! In the past few years I have had a few setbacks with my health that have held me back from various fitness goals, but my body appreciated the time to heal and I’m now back stronger than ever!

  2. Small set back, but only to you.
    You are still our hero, and fearless leader. You have done everything that you have preached, and then some.
    Take this time, eat a little…but still kill it at the gym! It is our one outlet when things are not going the way we have planned.
    I am here if you need anything…you are going to be so surprised how strong you come back.

  3. Wow… this post is really amazing. I dont think it’s ever easy to give up a short term goal/dream for the long term picture and it’s so wonderful you are able to see beyond april 9th and look towards your health.

  4. Amy Hammond says

    Donloree, you’re inspirational! I needed that today, and to know that you worry about what other people think, thank you for putting yourself out there. It makes your words so much more meaningful because we know they’re coming from you heart. Have a wonderful day!

  5. THIS is what makes you the strong, wonderful person you are. I’m so proud of you!

  6. Donloree–I am SO SO SO rejoicing with you that you are putting your health first. I am sure it was an enormous decision and a hard one. You have worked so hard to get where you are – you have accomplished SOOO much its unbelievable. We all look up to you and are FOREVER grateful that you started the Bikini or Bust LEAGUE of extraordinary women. You empowered US to go beyond our limits, but you never failed to encourage us to make wise decisions about rest, sleep, nutrition and general well-being. You are the practitioner of your preaching. And you just proved it in a an extraordinary decision to put your health first. Its like you told me – its the journey, not the destination 🙂 You have made us fall in love with you – know that we support you 100% in this new path you have chosen!! – keep rockin this life DL. We are here for you and we aren’t going anywhere! 🙂

  7. Cindy Smith says

    Donloree – you are amazing! You are wise beyond your years. The way you can build a house out of marshmallows and skewers and relate it to what you’re going through and have it make sense and bring me to tears…you ROCK. It’s hard to give up a dream short term to benefit your dream long term. You are a strong woman physically — but even more mentally and emotionally than most people I know. You have TRUE freedom by not putting yourself in a box and going through the motions. *GASP* I just watched a bald eagle fly outside my window! Like you — an example of strength, grace, and beauty. LOVE YOU!

    • Cindy – I love you too!! Thank you for the kind words. I have been struggling with this decision for weeks now and it feels good to have made it. Thanks for coming along on this journey of life with me! You’ve been through it with me since I was a gangly, lost, and ridiculous teenager. You are also quite an amazing woman of strength!!!

  8. I know this was a tough decision – one I so strongly admire you for making! Taking care of YOU and building a strong foundation and house (what a great metaphor, btw!) will help you achieve even greater things in the long run. We’re all here for you, supporting and encouraging you, in whatever you need to do for YOU. Try to stay positive and know that you can always do a show later in the year, once you’ve built the foundation for your dream house. 🙂
    *Big hugs!

  9. Jeanette Dickau says

    Donloree, my sweet and smart daughter, I am very proud of you for thinking of the big picture and putting your health first. Getting the right care and meds will make you feel better, make your body work better and give you a better base to build on. You know I pray for you everyday. You are a wise woman.

  10. Nicole Adams says

    I totally know what you mean about when people say you can’t do something. It gets your blood pumping. Those engines roaring. So bring it on girl. Build up your health. Let’s get that fire started!!! No setback that I can see.

  11. So, I somehow came across this blog of yours and saw the word “Hashimoto” and came to this page and watched your video. Very inspiring………but I also want to say…..”don’t let this illness stop you from doing what you want to do and what you are trying to accomplish”. So you are probably saying…..”yeh okay. You don’t know what it’s like to not be able to get out of bed, or have endless body aches for no reason, or be chilled to the bone for days on end, or be so bloated that you can’t stand up, or be so exhausted that your skin almost hurts to touch….” Am I right? Probably.
    So I am here to tell you….”yes, I do know all of those awful symptoms all too well…and many more”. I have been battling this since the age of 17, and I am now 31 years old. I had my thyroid completely removed at the age of 21 b/c of all of these problems. I know what its’ like to barely be able to open your eyes in the morning and then have to function for 8 hours of work. I know what it’s like to lift a weight and feel so weak that you almost drop it. It all sucks REALLY bad. But honestly, don’t let it win. Yes, it’s true…your body does need rest, but it also needs all of the physical fitness that you have been throwing at it. I sat in bed for close to 2 years because I felt like death. The only thing that helped me is getting off my butt and continuing to do what I aim to achieve. Last year I competed in my first bodybuilding show at the age of 30. I won first place. Granted there were only 2 of us on stage….but I worked my ass off for it. I had days on end where I felt like I couldn’t go on because I was tired…but I pushed through and here I am today…feeling better than ever! It will take awhile for your body to respond well to the medications, but honestly if I can give you one piece of advice…….don’t stop now! You look amazing and you have come a long ways. The stage will always be there….but your health may not, so by all means take care of your health first. But having Hashimotos Disease is really not the end of the world. You could be dealing with far worse. Be thankful for what you have and how you look. Good luck in your future competitions. I am sure that you will do great. Your house will be rockin!!!!

    • bikiniorbust says

      Awesome. Just awesome. You have no idea how much I needed to hear all of this today. Thank you.
      Nope, I am NOT going to give up. I am just going to work harder and smarter. Today I decided to take a stand and put it out there that I will work towards getting my pro card. My first show was in October 2010, and now its time for the next thing. Scared out of my mind, but very excited as well.
      This hashimoto girl is going to get gold one of these days!
      Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, it was VERY encouraging.

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