Life hands you obstacles, it’s what you do with them that shapes who you are.
I have always been one to exercise. Step aerobics, swimming & walking were some of my go to’s. I exercised to maintain my weight as I followed an unhealthy low-fat or no-fat diet. I thought I was doing the right thing. Diet soda, fat-free salad dressings, fat-free frozen yogurt. Everyone was doing it so it had to be right, right? Boy was I wrong! But it took a health scare to open my eyes to what proper nutrition & exercise were really all about. Reflecting back, I can honestly say, that I could have never imagined where my life would take me.
In November of 2006 I developed a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in my left calf. I was hospitalized & treated for the blood clot. Due to the extreme swelling, I had to have Tarsal Tunnel Release surgery performed in May of 2007 to repair the nerve damage in my left foot. I then developed RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) & was administered 10 sympathetic nerve blocks to save my foot. I was a mess. Relying on a walker or cane to move around for 7 months was extremely depressing & frustrating.
My recovery was a long process and at times I felt hopeless. My husband was my champion. My cheerleader. He would not allow me to give up on myself. He insisted I do yoga and weight training to get my strength back. This is when I found my passion. Sure, I exercised in the past but I just exercised. I did it to maintain my weight. Then I discovered weight training and I found my passion for fitness. As I worked with weights and incorporated yoga into my weekly routines, I was amazed at the changes in my body. The strength, definition and leanness surprised me. I knew that I had to share this with others. I knew that there were more people out there like me, with physical limitations, that I could help. I studied and received my certification as a Personal Trainer and began working with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals.
Of course the learning and growing did not stop there. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and a whole new chapter opened for me. This chapter was on nutrition. Discovering & living a Paleo Lifestyle has truly changed my life. No grains, no dairy, no sugar, no corn, no soy, no processed foods has giving me clarity & health. Eating real, whole foods like salmon, avocado, berries, & kombucha tea, provides my body with the proper nutrients it needs for energy and optimal functionality. Of course, I am not one to say no to a piece of dark chocolate or glass of wine but I do strive to adhere to this lifestyle 90% of the time.
Achieving optimal health is a process, one that takes time. We all have our own personal struggles to overcome. But no matter how different our struggles are, the battle can be won. I’m here to help!
In addition to my certification as a Personal Trainer, I have certifications as a Reflexology Practitioner & a Sports Nutrition Consultant. I am currently studying for a Health Coach certification through ACE Fitness.