Sooooo… I Almost Gave Up On the Side of The Mountain

Today, a motivating (and slightly embarrassing) story about giving up on the side of a mountain…

And how to get healthy, no matter how sick you are.

I created this inspirational 4-min video to go with it…

(WARNING: watching this could change your life).


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And now, onto this incredible story…

“That’s a long way up dude… I just don’t know.”

“I’ve never done anything like it… I’ve never pushed my body like that.”

Steve and I were staring up at the mountain peak looming 2,000 feet above us.

We stood next to Fairy Lake near Bozeman, Montana, elevation 7,557 feet, debating whether or not we should hike to Sacagawea Peak, elevation 9,665 feet.

“It’s only another 2,000 feet…”

My knees got wobbly just thinking about it.

We got in the truck and went home.

But I’ve Scaled Bigger Mountains Before

6 years ago, doctors told me digestive disease wasn’t reversible.

I was having diarrhea 15 times a day.

I wrote my first will.

I wasn’t sure I’d watch my one-year-old son grow up.

The health mountain I had to scale was a thousand times more intimidating than Sacagawea Peak that day…

I still didn’t think I could climb this mountain

I was filled with doubt the next morning when we stopped at REI, grabbed some gear, and headed back up the mountain.

We were actually doing this…

What if my body can’t take it?

What if I’m not healthy enough for something like this?

What if I freak out at the top and can’t get back down?

No matter what I’ve accomplished in life, the voice in my head is still good at scaring the crap out of me.

How to Scale Any Mountain…

I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to quit over the last 6 years.

Scaling the health mountain isn’t easy.

It’s one step at at time, one step after another.

But it’s a LONG way up. And if you’re as sick as I was, it’s a long way to go to getting healthy…

Especially when everyone around you is saying it can’t be done.

But you have a choice… to take each step. And each step is one step closer to the top. But more importantly, it’s one step further away from where you started at the bottom.

Like when I was having diarrhea 15 times a day… dropping to 14 times a day is one step closer to perfect poops.

And so we arrived at the base of the mountain. It was time for the first step of this hike.

My Heart Was Racing…

But I didn’t tell Steve.

(He probably knew anyways ha-ha). 

We started up the mountain trail, one foot in front of the other.

Occassionally, we stopped along the way to enjoy the view, take pictures, and have some fun.

It’s easy to keep looking up at that peak thinking about how far you have left to go… but that’s a mistake.

The joy in the journey comes when you stop and look down at how far you’ve already climbed.

Like after I started SCD and I was only having 2 loose stools a day… I stopped and looked back at when I had diarrhea 15 times a day.

I had come so far.

But on This Mountain, I Almost Gave Up

Two hours into the hike, we reached Bridger Divide (elevation 8,963 feet).

I couldn’t breathe.

I was sucking air.

All I could think about was stopping. I couldn’t go on. I was done.

The mountains were spinning around me.

“Dude… I can’t breathe… I’m lightheaded… you go on…  I’ll wait for you here…”

I sat down and dropped my pack, exhausted.

Steve talked to me, helped me breathe slowly, and helped me stay grounded.

He wasn’t going to let me stop now, only 700 feet from the top. We were too close.

But the voice in my head was strong. I didn’t think I could go on.

Steve waited for me. He wasn’t leaving without me.

It took about 15 minutes for me to beat the voice in my head. It was time to keep going, one step after another.

The Final Steps to the Top Were a Blur…

When we reached the top, my mind went silent.

We had done it.

9,665 feet above the earth.

Looking down, at what seemed like the whole State of Montana…

In that moment I knew deep in my heart that I can do anything.

The only thing that ever gets in my way is me.

I can scale any mountain…

Just like I scaled the health mountain.

One step at a time, one foot in front of the other.

The day before, I stood beneath this peak filled with doubt. But here I was… breathing in the the cleanest air I’ve ever tasted.

I can do anything in this world.

And so can you…

With This, You Can Scale Any Mountain…

It’s a choice…

The choice to believe in yourself and take the first step.

And keep choosing it, moment by moment, even when you’re ready to give up…

Which is why I created today’s 4-min video for you.

To show you that you can do anything.

You can scale any mountain.

We believe in you!

Here it is again:


I’m so grateful to be a part of your health journey.

Thank you for choosing health!

– Jordan

Jordan Reasoner

About Jordan Reasoner

Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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14 thoughts on “Sooooo… I Almost Gave Up On the Side of The Mountain

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    Nice Video! I’ve been there! (in Bozeman I mean) – years ago when I was “healthy”. But hopefully, I’ll get there again – someday – to “Big Sky Country.” (You brought back memories of North Dakota childhood – and much happier and healthier days – but there is always hope!)

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    What a wonderful story. Great video. I’m so moved and I was laughing so much at the end. This is truly inspirational and just the thing to deal with the anxious thinking that is always lurking in the background…. As always I have to thank you both so much for all you have done. It is now exactly two years since I started my journey with SCD and about 1yr 8months since I found your web site and you have helped so much with all the ups and downs on this journey…. x

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    Olivia Bartlett says:

    Thank you Steve & Jordan for this inspirational video–a daily need as a bowel disease sufferer (8 yrs). After a flare a month ago, I dropped back to week 1 day 1 and the flare protocol. Now I’m on the road to health again. Each day without symptoms is the best positive reinforcement and healing! What I want to know is: what did you eat on that long climb??? This would be useful info for those of us who like to be active in the outdoors!

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    Hey Guys! That was great! Such good inspiration!! It’s certainly a lot more fun to slide down a snowy mountain then run to the bathroom. I’m climbing my mountain, too and am so appreciative of your help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    you have given me some more hope for my own life…its hard but its not so hard if you really live in the now. step by step…i had to cry from your message because it was just what i needed after a long day…like i said on my blog entry today, we need to fight against poison and finally do what is needed for ourselves…and together we are stronger….i wish that my story is also shared with others and that my experience can help someone like me, i hope you dont mind; i will post my blog entry of today for all of you to keep the inspiration and the wantng to learn more about how to be a greater you!

    kind regards to Steve, Jordan and every person reading this!

    Daniella Lopez.

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    To all of you who are struggling….take heed, the calvary is coming! What do I mean? The work that Jordan and Steve and so many others in the alternative camp who challenged conventional medicine and the “big pharm” have done and continue to do has made a difference. Everyone is paying attention so that the confusing, difficult and complex is developing a pattern. People like Jordan and Steve and others have done some tremendous work and helped (and continue to help) countless people. Very simply, change your food, change your life. Reduce inflammation, correct dysbiosis, build your flora, get tested at a competent lab, help others, have fun and above all, keep the faith. These are our goals, one step at a time. THANK YOU Jordan and Steve! You guys do rock:) Keep up the good work.

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    I fight for everyday,but it’s never easy,but seeling this video,it brings hope,and makes me pushing myself,well worth it,and happy to know there are others like myself,that made the choice to say,this is my life,and i am stroger then you know,i took my kife back,it’s not always easy,but it’s always worth it..

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