Unfixable injuries plagued me. Broken toes, ribs, and tailbone that could not be cast. Shifted foward neck from years of bad posture as a softball catcher. Then add 60+ pounds of pregnancy weight after a teeny tiny little 7 pound baby was born. I was miserable. I was a mess. I was not me.
Even though my shoes had to be removed due to pain after just 45 minutes of wear, I still decided to coach a youth basketball team. I started to run to get geared up for it and 3 houses away from mine, the shear largeness of my backside bouncing rebroke my tailbone. Chiropractic visits were bi-weekly to attempt to re-align my neck. This is not how I pictured my early 30’s to be. I felt more like 80.
Maybe I should start with nutrition, then I’ll add activities as my injuries deem fit. First step was no soda, no chocolate, tons of water. Next step, gluten-free. Third, transistion to Paleo. Almost instantly I started feeling better, not so groggy, more energetic, and after a few months, ready to exercise.
Unable to pay for any more doctor visits, I starting running again, but slowly this time. I would walk a block, jog a block, and repeat this until I was ready to go home. I ran at night and felt energized in the morning. Things were getting done and I no longer felt the need to nap. Well this is great, I thought, bought myself some new running shoes, and started reading more about weight training and running techniques.
This is when my Aha-moment came in. Though I wasn’t quite at the physique I wanted to be, I decided to start studying to become a personal trainer because I want to help people (especially mommies) get out of their funk or rut. I saw so many guzzling soda, and eating chocolate bars just to stay awake at their children’s games. I know that feeling. They don’t have to live like that.
Within a couple of months I passed the training test and became official. My old running gear literally fell off me and I wanted to share my journey with others. Within that year my neck and tailbone stopped hurting because my muscles became strong enough to hold them properly. I had lost 20 pounds but gained muscle as well. The best part was the transformation not of weight or size but of happiness. All of what I experienced I shall never forget. It keeps me motivated on a daily basis to spread the JOY of fitness to others. I started my fitness journey to correct injuries. I continue fitness to spread happiness.