How I reversed osteoporosis

Just over a year ago, I had my annual medical. After a routine bone-density scan, the diagnosis came back: osteoporosis. The doctor offered me an array of pharmaceutical options.

I am no stranger to osteoporosis. Both my mother, and my mother-in-law, have suffered collapsed vertebrae–a very painful condition. In my  90-year-old mother’s case, she had to give up independent living and reside in a nursing home.

So when the doctor told me I had osteoporosis, I took it very seriously.

“Will you give me one year to try natural ways of dealing with it?” I asked.

He agreed, but told me that one year later, he would repeat the scan, and if he saw no change, I would have to take medications.

At home, I reviewed the medical websites, and altered the regimen of vitamins and minerals I take accordingly.

I knew that exercise needed to play a key part in what I did. The kids had some P90X videos lying around the house, and I decided to try them.  P90X is a series of more than 12 videos, and I love the variety. Disclaimer: P90X is an intense and extreme workout–not to be used by someone who is unfit. I do not come from a particularly athletic family, so exercise has never been a large part of my lifestyle, but a few years back, the Lord spoke to Tony and me telling us we were to get fit, so I had at least been working out from time to time before I started.

I took the P90X videos very slowly, starting with tiny weights, and gradually increasing. I still do most of the push-ups on my knees, and the pull-ups using a resistance band, and I modify many of the activities. Would you believe that my favorite video exercise is kick-boxing? I’m way fitter than I used to be.

Last month, I had my annual medical again.

I no longer have osteoporosis! Thank you, Jesus! (The doctor said he’d never seen that extensive a reversal before).

It feels like I did nothing special. All I did was be consistent. I showed up, and kept showing up all year. One hour of exercise per day, usually five or more days a week. And it has made a very significant difference.

For some reason this has felt very empowering.

I realize how often just showing up and doing a little has created accomplishments in my life. Like writing books: you eat an elephant one bite at a time. For example, as a student, I went through the Navigators Topical Memory System, and for several years learned three verses a week. (I just wish I could still remember the references too!) Often when the Lord has used me it’s been the end result of consistent small steps.

So at the beginning of this year, I’m asking the Lord, what goals do you have for me this year, and what small steps do you want me to take consistently?

Take small steps

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  • Bob Murillo

    Thank you for your transparency Felicity it is inspiring and most refreshing. I too went recently for a yearly physical and my Doc wanted BLOOD! So, blood confirmed I have need of more exercise to do, and I am in need of good old sunshine. My vitamin D is low as well. I informed my Doc that this last season i have been dealing with my toddlers teething and things like eating, sleeping and sunshine have been out of whack. It seems that the advice/reminder about small changes and steps are usually all that’s necessary to bring change about is where I am physically, spiritually and etc.. Bring on the small steps Lord!!! Oh, PTL for your healing, AMEN!

    • felicitydale

      Thanks, Bob.
      I hear you when it comes to young family being a barrier to taking one’s health seriously. Been there, done that. In fact, if it hadn’t been for a prophetic word telling Tony and me that we were to get healthy, I’d probably still not have the will power to exercise and eat right.

  • Holly Williams Urbach

    So glad to hear you reversed your osteoporosis! A friend of mine and I say constantly that incremental progress is STILL progress.

    • felicitydale

      A great saying!

  • Teresa

    Hey Felicity – So happy to hear your good news this year! Jim and I have also been asking ourselves about what goals we will set this year. I find that I am not the most consistent in some of the
    things I start. Due to a wellness program at work, I have gotten my BMI within normal ranges by exercising an average of 3 times a week. That was a huge accomplishment for me. Mostly this year I want to focus on continuing to exercise and eat better for my health, but to spend more relational time with the Lord. I have had a few surgeries for skin cancer this past year and boy – that has gotten sent me into a tailspin. But instead of focusing on fear, I want to focus on Jesus and purpose. Jim has a book called, Come Share The Being. I want to Share The Being this year in deeper ways.

    • felicitydale

      Congratulations on getting your BMI down to normal limits. That’s my “small step” goal for this year.

  • Marsha Farmer

    VERY encouraging!!! Xx

  • http://www.brandonchase.net/ Brandon Chase

    This is so AWESOME, Felicity! Congratulations on your perseverance and determination. After a year of P90X, you may be ready for Crossfit now! 😉

    • felicitydale

      Thanks, Brandon. I hear nothing but good things about Crossfit!

  • John White

    P90X… Very impressive, Felicity! Way to go!

    By the way, one of my favorite words is kaizen (Japanese). Means continuous improvement through small steps. I learned it from “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way” by Robert Maurer.

  • Linda Muse

    Congrats Felicity! Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m very inspired!

  • Robert Burke

    Good Job! You might want to look at http://www.inthatdayteachings.com!