The fun part about this page is it is continually changing. That is what is so fun about doing this life is writing the pages of our story. I have been a personal trainer in the area for 9 years and worked at a large gym, a small training studio, and in my own home. My quest for my own health began in college, when I gained the freshman 20 and wanted to lose weight. I have always been pretty active, but never had a great relationship with food and I started on a restrict and binge cycle with my calories. I went to school for health science and took every available nutrition class that they offered, but still could not get a handle on my own food insecurities.
After college I decided not to use my B.S. in Health Science right away and got a job riding horses at the dinner show Arabian Nights. (Horseback riding was my other passion). As a performer you are expected to look good in the costumes under the lights, so that didn’t help my issues with food any. I never had a full blown eating disorder, but definitely had a disordered eating pattern, and was obsessive with counting calories and food. I do have to also add that doing that show was a very fun and tough job. I learned so much and got to work with some pretty cool people.
I decided to start personal training shortly after I was married, and I loved it! I worked for an awesome large gym that highly valued their personal trainers. They were bought out by another company unfortunately, but I loved my 5 years there.
A large part of my story for health comes from struggling to get pregnant for 3 years. Once my husband and i decided to start a family I thought we would get pregnant right away. Oh was I wrong. I started going to doctors after 6 months of not having a period. Well that 6 months turned into a year, then a year and a half, then 2 years, and still no answers as to why this was happening. After going to numerous doctors and having them put me on estrogen and other supplements that my blood work showed as deficient, I started to get really frustrated. All that they had come up with was hypothyroidism, but that shouldn’t have caused the imbalance I was having. I just wanted to be a ‘normal’ female and have a cycle! I ended up a fertility doctor and he diagnosed me with PCOS and said there would be no way I could get pregnant without having a surgical procedure. I was not ready for that to be the answer for me, so I started to really dig into natural ways to improve my health. I shifted my mindset from cutting calories to cutting out artificial chemicals, empty calories and supporting my body with quality whole food nutrition, herbs and other supplements known to help the body balance out again. I also started acupuncture once a week which was crazy to me because I HATE needles! ha.
After 6 months of that regime I was able to get pregnant with my first little girl! And since then my body has been back into balance because I was able to have my second little girl 19 months later. I am now the mom of three, with my little boy being 3 months old. It is a tad crazy around here with a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a 3 month old, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
I just recently stopped personal training at the moment, because well, life is nuts right now and I need to manage the craziness. 😉 But I am still helping people improve their health with nutrition and this blog is dedicated to helping people improve their health naturally Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear your story. Comment below or shoot me an e-mail at melissa [at] recapturefitness [dot] com.
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