Six Months Before and After

Josh has been working out for six months now. I thought it would be fun to see if there is any visible difference.

When Josh made the decision to work out I was surprised at his determination. Because he’s non-verbal he can’t always express to me his wants and desires. It honestly never occurred to me that he could, or would even want, to work with a personal trainer.

When we withdrew him from the school system to home school we lost our support system. Lost the physical therapy and speech therapy. And for some reason it never occurred to me to go to a personal trainer. Even as open-minded, inventive, and supportive as I thought I was the logical route of going with a normal exercise routine simply didn’t enter my mind. I’m still trying to figure out why.

I’ve never put limits on Josh so why did I not see the physical side? Was I brain-washed by the medical specialists that we saw over the years? I simply don’t have an answer. But Josh solved the problem by showing such eagerness and determination to get more physically fit.

In the time Josh has been working at Riverside Chiropractic I see a decrease in uncontrolled reflexes. I see greater range of motion. Better muscle tone and greater accuracy in intentional movement. Josh’s confidence level has soared and he finally is starting to look his age.

I went into this, as his mother and care-giver, with very few expectations. I hoped he would regain some of the range of motion he’d lost over the years. I don’t know what Josh’s expectations were but I see him go to his exercise workouts with joy. He loves them. He works hard. We have gained so much more than I ever expected my outlook has changed.

The one element we lacked in the past is here. And that element is Josh’s own will power. He wants this. He thinks about it during the week. He comes into his work session with his own agenda. I have always believed in the power of the human brain. And right now, I’m just a bystander watching a young man put the full force of his own will to work. It’s an incredible journey.

About JoshE

Joshua Englehaupt was born on April 3, 1980. Birth trauma left him with Cerebral Palsy. He is non-verbal and non-ambulatory but he is filled with a wonderful spirit. He has a passion for art. Join him in his journey of discovery.
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7 Responses to Six Months Before and After

  1. Karen Syed says:

    This is so cool. It must be awesome to watch Josh get back those emotions and enthusiasm. I could use some of that.

    And it could be just me, but those arms are starting to look a little bit ripped. 🙂

    K

    • JoshE says:

      Karen, than you for stopping by and reading. Yes, Josh is getting ripped. For the first time he is starting to look his age. His attitude is wonderful and we should all work out with such enthusiasm. I have stopped putting limits on him. I don’t know where this will take him. I’m going to be querying some magazines with this story.

  2. Marti says:

    I look at the picture of Josh so vertical, and with such joy on his face, and my face practically splits in two from my grin! He has made such enormous progress, and he is filled with such determination and joy! That particular picture has to be one of my all-time favorite pictures of Josh!

    Boy, is he challenging limitations! I’m in awe of Josh Englehaupt — and of the mother who makes sure he has the opportunity to try just about anything he wants to! Every child, of any age, needs a mother who believes in him in order to truly believe in himself. Clearly, Josh believes in himself .

    • JoshE says:

      I think every person should go after their dreams. The problem Josh had was getting those wants and needs communicated. I wouldn’t have missed watching him for the world.

  3. Nita says:

    Wow, wow, wow. Josh you have made so MUCH progress. You are looking GREAT. Love you

  4. Marilyn Davis says:

    I am so glad we are a part of your journey. Your smile is worth a million dollars and your determination makes us humble. Aunt Marilyn

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