MY JOURNEY

Two years ago I woke up and discovered that I couldn’t get out of bed. I had to go to the bathroom but I couldn’t move. I lay there trying to figure out what happened, did I have a heart attack? (heart disease runs in my family) was this the flu? What was wrong with me. I tried inching myself to the side of the bed hoping to stand up, I felt like I had run a marathon when I had only moved an inch. I tried to lift up my arms and they flopped back down. It was as if my entire right side was paralyzed, if that wasn’t bad enough my head was pounding the room was spinning and I was seeing double. I tried to move my neck and it was frozen. I remember lying in bed vowing to do anything if I would just feel better. It was one of the scariest days of my life.

My youngest daughter came into the room all excited to go to family swim, I still remember her face when I said I couldn’t take her. She told me that she would take care of me. My heart dropped a 4 and 5 year old should not have to take care of their mom. That day I gave up diet coke, something I’m embarrassed to admit how often I drank. I vowed to do whatever it took to get healthy. I wanted a future with my family, I wanted to live my life and not simply watch it. With help from a chiropractor, I was able to move my neck again. At this point I had made it to my dr. and he put me on blood pressure medication and pain medication. The pain radiating from my neck was traveling down my arms and it made it impossible to function. An MRI showed that I had arthritis in my neck. I was already on thyroid medication, migraine meds and Align for IBS. I was 40 years old but I felt like an 80 year old. I couldn’t do the simplest things without pain, things you take for granted, like brushing my daughters hair, rubbing their backs, taking them for a bike ride or playing tag in the backyard. I couldn’t do any of that, the pain was too intense.
I started working with a nutritionist and a naturopath and discovered some food allergies/intolerances and started to get my life back. The pain was going away and I could function again. This was all great! The problem was I was eating too much and I wasn’t exercising and truthfully I wasn’t happy in my own skin. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I found PiYo and then the 21 day fix and was hooked.

Last November I had another health scare and that was the final wake-up call I needed. How many times was I going to take my health for granted?

So I have been exercising with all these trainers virtually who have become my friends, Autumn, Sagi, Chris, ShaunT and Chalene ever since, connecting with my online groups filled with women just like me and drinking my Shakeology every single day!

I feel happier and healthier than I ever have been.

The thing that I love most about our programs is that they are doable for EVERYONE ! Really it’s that simple. I have built up enough of a base from the other programs that I CAN ACTUALLY complete any program I wish. Sometimes I use the modifier but many times I don’t!!! Yesterday I was in tears after I finished one of the workouts because me the girl that failed fitness tests and two years ago couldn’t brush my daughters hair was DOING IT and I crushed it!

We get one life and I am all in I want to be the healthiest Julie I can be for myself and for my family and I am sooo excited to have the opportunity to take this journey with all of you xo