Hey everyone! I just signed up earlier today and have been hooked on all of the articles and people's journals. What an inspirational group I love the whole concept of a figure athlete... I think it's absolutely perfect for what I'm yearning for.
A little bit about myself...
I am 25 years old, a Certified Personal Trainer, and owner of a Fitness studio in St. Petersburg, Florida -- I basically run 10-15 Boot Camps per week and have 1-on-1 clients and speciality groups like: Brides-to-Be & Mommies-to-Be.
Earlier this year in Jan/Feb, I began feeling off.. but I'm pursuing my Masters in Nutrition and running a business, so I always disregarded it as being tired and overworked. But then in April, within a two week span, I passed out twice. FINALLY- I went to my doctor, and he said: you got up too fast. Uhh, ok THANKS! NOT.. Early May, I went to the walk-in-clinic after having the worst headache of my entire life. Doctor there ordered a CT scan and bam! Found that my cerebellum was herniating into my spinal column causing: fatigue, lightheadedness, headaches, loss of motor skills & beyond. Condition is called Chiari Malformation.
After appointments after appointments, I had brain surgery on September 1st, 2010. Hospital for 5 days, and bed rest for 3 weeks. As of 2-weeks ago, I was cleared for workouts again. Nuero said my progress is amazing, and that I showed great strength.
I had not touched a single weight, except to hand it over to a client for 10 months until 2 weeks ago and I am beyond thrilled to be back to MY OWN WORKOUTS! I love motivating my clients and getting them to push themselves to their maxx, but let me tell you, being back to my own workouts made all of the struggles this past year worth it. I have not had a single headache since the surgery. I still have a ways to go (as far as equilibrium issues, etc) but I could not be happier.
So the title... Rise and Rise Again... it means a lot to myself.
I WILL reach PRs, I WILL get back to my weight I was before, and I WILL surpass my body fat of 13% that I was before. <3
Lets get this thing goin' <3