My entire life I have struggled with my weight and it wasn’t until 2011 that I started to take action. When I was 19, my 17 year old sister, Taylor, was killed in a car accident. I was absolutely crushed and the only way I could keep my mind occupied was by exercising. I lost close to 100 pounds really quickly and really unhealthy and it was not something I could maintain. Once I stopped exercising three times a day and eating more food, I started to gain the weight back. In July of 2013, I was in a jet skiing accident where I shattered my hand and needed four surgeries to fix it. I was extemely lucky that it was only my hand because the outcome could have been much worse. My weight continued to rise at this point until 2015 where I got a personal trainer. It just was not motivating enough for me but I continued to go because I felt like I had no other option. Fast forward to 2017, I found a group fitness class that I loved but my hand couldn’t handle it anymore. I scheduled my fifth surgery and knew I needed an instructor led fitness class that would challenge me and that I would be able to continue with after my surgery. I signed up or Orangetheory the month before my surgery knowing I would have something to look forward to when I came back. I had my surgery in December but in January ended up with blood clots in both of my lungs, my left lung being so bad that part of it was dead. I was extremely discouraged because it pushed me back from being able to start at Orangetheory again. I worked for a few weeks at home on my treadmill to ease back in. I was only able to walk for about five minutes without being in pain and feeling like I was going to pass out because I couldn’t breathe with part of my lung being dead.
"I knew going back to Orangetheory would be challenging but it helped me start to not worry about the scale and worrying about how much weight I’m losing or gaining."
I was able to start focusing on my small victories, like being able to run for 5 minutes again, working my way up to where I can last the whole block running, and now starting to increase my speed. I am not so hard on myself anymore because while I am in class, I remind myself where I started and how I’ve grown, knowing that the changes are coming and will continue to come in time. While it has been extremely difficult it has also been very rewarding! I really enjoy Orangetheory and am very thankful for the opportunity to workout there!
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