My name is Jessica and I am a personal trainer, teacher, and wife in the lovely state of Ohio. I started my fitness journey in middle school after being sick for 45 days out of the school year. I had almost every symptom imaginable: fatigue, migraines, fever, rashes, shakiness, and overall weakness.
As a 7th grader, no one could understand what I was going through. I could barely shower before I would have to take another nap. I went to numerous fancy doctors and at the time I didn’t even know what they were testing for. I visited various infectious disease specialists, multiple endocrinologists, neurologists, and many others. I had blood test after blood test, brain scans, MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, and urine tests. And there was still no true answer.
At first, I was told Chronic Fatigue, which duh, I was always tired. One doctor tried to tell me I had depression, but my family and I knew that nothing could be further from the truth as I was a very happy middle schooler. One said I had Fibromyalgia, which seemed odd since I was so young. A rheumatologist told me I had tested positive for an auto immune disease, but couldn’t figure out which one.
This continued for years, and the answer was always medication even though no one knew what the true problem was. I couldn’t accept that I was going to have to be medicated for my entire life in order to feel “good.” And I definitely wasn’t going to accept the fact that I would never know what was wrong with me. So years later, in college, I visited a holistic doctor in Michigan.
After more tests, he concluded that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hashimoto’s (a thyroid disorder). It was at this time, when he also discovered that I have a dairy allergy (casein) and a sensitivity to gluten.
Exercise had started being a passion of mine right around high school, mostly due to the shallow thoughts that I wanted to look “hot.” I started by taking a body toning class along with yoga and Pilates. During my college years, I participated in yoga, Zumba, and spinning as well as weight lifting. I enjoyed teaching my roommate how to lift and it was during that time that I decided to pursue certification in personal training. I have now been a certified personal trainer for 4 years.
I have noticed HUGE strides in my health and well-being since being consistent with exercise and nutrition. And, not surprisingly, the first thing my doctor always asks me when I pay him a visit (yes, still the one ALLLLLL the way in Michigan) is, “Have you been exercising?”
I found diet and exercise to make a huge difference in the way that I felt and I was hooked. And now, I want to share that knowledge with you–whether you are struggling from a chronic illness of your own or not. I plan on earning more certifications in the near future, as I love learning new training techniques and passing them along to others.
I follow the “If It Fits Your Macros” approach to eating and avoid dairy and gluten. I hope to help those of you looking for strategies in order to meet your goals. Feel free to contact me, I am always happy to help answer any questions you may have or just to chat!