Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose - August, 23 2016: Paul Tidwell

For backstory on what #PrepWithPurpose is all about please read the blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

Hey Friends,

Yesterday felt SO ODD! I would normally wake up and start my Monday with a Phormula-1 protein shake and/or some bcaa's and then hit the football field for HIIT sprints. But my coach cut out ALL cardio!! And since I only do cardio on off days from training .. yesterday was a .. (gasp) .. REST DAY!

I am having some really odd pain that only comes about when I sprint (sometimes I'll get it here and there randomly .. but really only when sprinting. It's odd and a little scary.) I can't get in to see a doctor until September 2nd unless they have someone cancel .. so to be safe coach said STOP.
He could have replaced sprints with different cardio (sprints are my choice .. not something he requires) .. but since I started my reverse diet post Tampa Pro 2 1/2 weeks ago ... I've actually been losing weight and/or holding steady at a weight that is too low to not be SUPER close to a show. Honestly .. it's too low for even peak week or show day. We aren't really sure why. So in addition to the increase of food ... NO CARDIO for me right now. As I said above, since I do my two cardio sessions a week on off days from lifting, this means TWO REST DAYS?!?! I'm not sure why I'm (kinda) complaining, lol. I guess I just HATE doing NOTHING. To make myself feel better .. I ended up training glutes at home on my GLUTE BUILDER :) I love that thing. It gives me just a totally different BURN! If you want more info on it I've posted some on my Instagram, I snap it here and there and I can email you details on how to order or get more info -- simplystacyfitness@yahoo.com. Anywho .. since it wasn't really suppose to be a training day I didn't post anyone new for Prep With Purpose. I just lifted up and for Sunday's person again. I hope you joined me ... I know Shanique could really use some extra love right now.

Moving on to today .. it's heavy lower body day for me! I saw today's person I am featuring pop up as a facebook status by numerous friends that live in Murfreesboro, Tn. We are lifting up and for a man that for decades has been giving away his contagious smile to strangers passing by .. but now finds himself in need of some smiles and lots of well wishes .. as he fights stage 4 cancer.

Prep With Purpose - August 23, 2016: Paul Tidwell 

In Murfreesboro, Tn .. if you travel along a certain stretch of Old Nashville Highway.. then you have no doubt seen Paul Tidwell smiling and waving as you pass by. For almost 40 years, Paul (who has special needs) has sat outside his home and waved to anyone that drives by .. garnering quite a following.  So it raised a lot of concern when his friends (some who take that route just to see him) noticed him missing.

Paul was feeling a bit under the weather because of a nagging cough that just would not go away. Paul's family took him to a clinic, but the clinic turned down his insurance. His family took him to the ER where a CAT scan found what was eventually diagnosed as stage 4 lung cancer (that is also in lymph nodes, a bone in his neck and his bronchial tube lining.)

Because of his special needs, Paul's brain doesn't allow him to feel pain, which is why he didn't know he was sick. Same is true today. He doesn't feel the affects of the cancer or treatments .. so he is still outside waving and smiling .. as if cancer hasn't taken over his body. If you don't see him as you pass by .. his family said it's because he has doctors appointments and treatments (he started radiation last week and starts chemo this week.)  While he knows he is sick...his family says he doesn't understand what is really going on. So even though he may not feel the pain ... his days doing what he loves (smiling and waving and making other people happy) could be cut short .. as his doctors are giving him a grim prognosis.

Paul's family says you can help by simply continuing to drive by as usual! But they are hoping as you pass .. that you drop off cards, notes, treats, hellos, hugs and most of all PRAYER during this trying time.

I am thousands of miles away from Murfreesboro ... so I can't give Paul a smile and wave ... but today I will do one thing they ask .. I will pray. My lift will be FOR PAUL! I will walk in the gym smiling and maybe even throw out a wave or two to those I see. I'll have a happy-go-lucky attitude and be grateful for my health and ability. I'll live my life as Paul is living his .. life every day is the last. I hope you join me in lifting up and for Paul today and I hope he feels the extra love!

To read more about Paul and get the address where you can send cards you can read this news story where he is featured. 


I want to continue this project/prayer chain. But I'm finding myself spending HOURS searching for people to "lift up and for" because I'm not getting any requests -- I know you guys have to know someone (or have heard of someone) with an ongoing or urgent need for physical healing? Please send me all details possible, a pic if they don't mind sharing, etc. simplystacyfitness@yahoo.com

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