“Many of Life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison

I am known around the clinic for undertaking physical challenges, such as completing a half marathon or a triathlon, but also known as the cookie monster; the one person who can demolish a whole packet of chocolate and/or cookies in one sitting. I decided that this needed to change, and instead of just training physically, I needed to train mentally as well. I made the conscious decision that I needed to reduce my artificial sugar intake completely due to a range of health and lifestyle reasons. Thus, I embarked on a minimum 30-day challenge to completely reduce my artificial sugar intake; cutting out chocolate, sweets, pastries, ice cream and cakes. Physically, I have found great benefits from reducing this intake, including better quality sleep, improved energy levels (especially around the midafternoon blues), and feeling a lot healthier (almost) immediately.

I am now 40-days into this challenge and feeling fresh, mentally stronger and a lot healthier. Last weekend, I was out for dinner with friends and after the main course, the waiter encouraged the group to order a nutella covered pizza to share. I realized when watching everyone demolish this artificial sugar-rich dessert that my sweet tooth had been put into hibernation. There is no doubt that I had been tempted back to the dark side, but I soon realized how close I was to success. I did not want to disrupt the progress I was making physically and mentally and thus made a promise to myself…to continue to challenge myself mentally and physically.

So often, I hear my patients complain of being too time poor, lacking motivation, and not having the control required to make a significant improvement to their mental, emotional and physical health. Now, I am not suggesting everyone should immediately stop eating artificial sugar, because let’s face it that may not work for you. My challenge for you, if you wish to accept it, is to take on mission possible, invest in the next 30 days and make a significant change to your overall physical and mental health today.

 

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Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.