I truly believed that I was “Destined to be fat” the rest of my life.
I had tried just about every diet out there, but nothing worked.
On top of that, in 2008, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an allergy to gluten which is in pretty much any boxed, or prepackaged food out there, along with breads, pastas and a lot of other “Yummy” foods.
I came to Breakthrough with the expectation of 5 weeks of training, gaining knowledge and going out on my own and doing it myself.
What I found was that I could not do it on my own.
I had already tried that, it didn’t work.
I jumped right into the bootcamp, working out 5 days a week.
In those first 5 weeks, I lost 7lbs of fat! Something was working.
During the first 8 months, I totally committed myself to those workouts, and to cardio, but in August of 2010, Chris sat me down at one of my progress assessments and told me that without fixing my nutrition I was not going to get the results that I wanted, or that I was capable of.
He set up a meeting with a nutritionist and we worked out a plan where I was eating 6 (SIX!!!) times a day.
That took some getting used to.
Prior to Breakthrough I did not eat breakfast, and I was lucky to get 2 meals a day.
In the next 3 months, I lost 12 lbs of fat!!
I had all of the puzzle pieces in place, dedicated to proper nutrition, working out 5 days a week, and cardio 6 days week.
It took off from there.
I discovered a passion for weight lifting, I like being able to lift heavy, and to do stuff that few other people can do.
But in the spring of 2012, I began having trouble with my shoulder.
I went from being able to press 50lbs to be barely able to press 5lbs!
This downhill trend took place over about 6 months, eventually ending with me not being able to do anything with my right arm.
No presses, no burpees, no planks, no rows, no handstand pushups, no weight bearing, or weight lifting.
After a couple of MRI’s it was found that I had a torn tendon in my shoulder and severe tendonitis where my bicep attaches to my shoulder.
That was sobering.
The tear alone should not have been enough to put me out of commission, but combined with the tendonitis, the doctors said that I might not ever be as strong on that side, or be able to do some of the things that I used to be able to do with that arm.
The old me would have sighed in resignation and said, “Oh well, I guess it’s not meant to be.”
But I wasn’t the same person who walked through those doors in 2010, I was stronger, healthier, had more knowledge of what I was capable of, and knew that hard work could pay off.
Chris and I sat down and I told him that I was not willing to give up on my workouts.
There was NO WAY I was going back to being overweight and miserable.
We came up with a workout regimen that included things like one armed burpees, one armed planks, and we continued to work to improve every other area of my body except for that shoulder.
I bought a weight vest to ensure that my cardio was at its peak efficiency, and decided to up my workouts by wearing it in the gym as well.
There were times when I would get frustrated, when, even when I wasn’t doing anything, my shoulder ached and I was in pain.
My first round of physical therapy produced very little results and that was discouraging.
I went in for another progress assessment with Chris, simply hoping that the results wouldn’t be ‘Too bad’.
Not only were they ‘Not bad’, I had actually gained a couple of pounds of muscle!
I think that was the turning point.
It was at that point that it really hit home that ALL of the changes I had made had made that possible.
After going back to the orthopedic doctor and asking him what else we could do, he suggested another round of therapy, this time with a focus on the muscles around the injury.
It was the combination of this and the addition of Primal Move at Breakthrough that really set me back on the road to recovery.
I have seen massive improvements in not only my mobility, but also in my strength.
It has been over a year since I could only work out with one arm, and I am well on my way to being just as strong as I was before.
I am looking forward to being even stronger!
I think the most important thing that anyone undertaking this journey needs to realize is that, just like in life, there will ALWAYS be obstacles.
Things aren’t always going to be perfect, it’s about finding a way around those obstacles and NEVER giving up! – Dawn Creasy