It is said that we all have a story. I just hope my personal fitness journey story will provide some inspiration to others.
My whole life I have been an active person and involved in sports, physical activity and plenty of social events. This was the lifestyle I was accustomed to, I was pretty good at it and I loved it, but then everything changed…
I was about to enter graduate school for exercise physiology and had to have a tuberculosis tine test. You know, the one where they prick your arm and watch for a red bump. Well I got the red bump!
Thankfully it tuned out that I didn’t have tuberculosis, as I had never been sick and chest x-rays showed nothing, but there was a chance that I had been exposed to it. And as a result of that merest possibility, the protocol was heavy antibiotics for nine months solid.
During my time at grad school I was gradually becoming sick more and more often
I was getting frequent sinus infections and having other strange symptoms including digestion troubles, bloating, sugar cravings and brain fog.
I researched and I researched and then I went to chiropractic school to learn about ‘alternative’ medical treatments. I took seminars where I learned what is called ‘functional medicine’ that uses bloodwork to look for physiological patterns – things that general medicine misses.
After school I worked for some time treating patients as a chiropractor, then I made the decision to set off to Asia and travel indefinitely. I left everything behind (except my boyfriend!) and took off on a big adventure.
But this was the time when my health conditions and and fitness problems reached a pinnacle. I was fatigued.
I couldn’t get myself out of bed in the morning. I started drinking coffee. I had bags under my eyes. I started losing hair. I struggled to build the energy or enthusiasm to exercise. I was gaining weight. And I just did not know what was wrong with me…
The not knowing was perhaps the worst thing. It just did not make sense having been reduced from somebody so active and energetic to barely functioning.
I decided it was time to treat myself as a patient. In recent years I had amassed on the knowledge and understanding I could but was yet to benefit from any of it directly myself. Now was the perfect time to put it into action! I got myself bloodwork, I analyzed it and now I knew what was going on inside me.
My adrenal glands were fatigued
With this new knowledge I made the necessary changes to what I was eating and drinking, my way of exercising and in the support I was giving myself by way of supplements. I nourished myself.
Since I have been through this journey already and came out the other side with way more energy, vigor, stamina and all round health, I have realised there are so many of you with the same problem. That is why I feel it is my duty to share my story with you so that any f you similarly afflicted can get passed these hurdles and enjoy a fuller and fitter life.
You can follow me from feeling fatigued to feeling fabulous in fitness!
Connect with WatchFit Experto Kristin Shay