I have always worked out my whole life, (maybe not correctly), but I always played sports and did strength training.
I learned how to use weights properly when I took an admin job at a personal training gym nearly 20 years ago.
A year later I became a trainer!
Many people will encounter health issues and injuries in this journey we call life, even Personal Trainers.
I’m here to tell you my story.
I’ve had many joint injuries and surgeries over the years. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with CPPD (Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition), which is a very painful joint disorder that causes calcifications in the joints, and unfortunately, it has no cure.
It has taken me almost 4 years to digest this news, and realize that I can no longer do things the way I once could.
If I’m going to cook a meal, work in the garden, clean my house, etc on a certain day, I need to know what kind of workout will be sufficient for me that day.
I also cannot lift the weights I once could. Every once in a while I will still try to lift heavier weights on a good day, which leaves me regretting my decision and causes sleepless nights due to the pain.
But I also know the importance of keeping strong so I do what I can and when I can!
I’m 54 years old and keeping the weight in check and staying as strong as I can. I consider myself a great cook (No matter what my son says). My cupboards always have glass jars with fresh ingredients in them, and I don’t buy a lot of pre-packaged food.
I have been lucky most all of my life to keep a good diet and I have always had a taste for good, clean food. I am definitely a label reader and have to know what I am putting into my body!
I’m here to tell you to keep moving. If you can move, then you can improve. So don’t stop being active, even if your body makes it difficult.