• Robin Rhine McDonald

Why Me?!

SO, some of you may remember an unfortunate event in my life in Nov 2019 - I was hospitalized for 4 days with a potentially deadly condition called “rhabdomyolysis”.

It happens when you break down your muscles to the point that they excrete dangerous levels of enzymes into your blood.


I was stuck there during Thanksgiving and my birthday. It was awful! And I vowed never to do that to myself again.



WELL, turns out this week, I did an intense workout that I thought I’d modified accordingly. My arms got swollen, I felt off, and the bloodwork confirmed - rhabdo again.

Honestly, my first questions were, “Are you serious?!” “Why can’t I just workout the way I want without having to worry about this?” “What’s wrong with my body?” “Why me?!”


Which led to thoughts like, “I’m never going to be able to experience the level of fitness that I want.” “All of my hard work is for nothing. I’m going to lose all muscle. I’ll never get to lift again.”

Sound extreme? Maybe a bit relatable too?


Our brains are brilliant. Whatever questions you ask, it automatically begins to respond.

By simply changing the questions you ask yourself, you can drastically change the outcome.


Which of these two questions would yield a productive & positive response?

- Why am I the worst? - What are some simple things I can do to improve in my approach to healthy living?


Or how about these two: - Why can’t I do anything right? - How can I turn these shortcomings into opportunities to grow?


I’m happy to say that I didn’t stay in my dark hole of discouragement long.

I was able to shift quickly and ask better questions like, “What’s actually true about this situation?” “How can I create a new plan that is gradual & more cautious to get to where I want to be?” “Who can I enroll for support?”


Those led to answers that are hopeful and aligned with who I want to be in my thinking and where I want to go with my health! Phew!


In my Sustainable Health program, it is all about the gradual steps to success and utilizing the tools to foster a mindset of growth instead of patterns of discouragement, shame, quitting, & hopelessness.


How about you? What’re your thoughts? Send me an email and let me know!

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