My name is Jessica and I am a personal trainer, teacher, and wife in the lovely state of Ohio. I enjoy cooking, reading, DIYing, and of course–fitness.
My Chronic Illness:
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 having to take another nap. I was seen by numerous fancy doctors: infectious disease specialists, endocrinologists, neurologists, and many others. I had blood test after blood test, brain scans, MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, and urine tests. Many diseases were suggested as possible reasons behind my symptoms: chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, auto immune… but there was still no answer.
Getting Some Answers:
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 an allergy to the protein in milk (casein) and a sensitivity to gluten.
My Journey to Better Health:
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.
There have been 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.
Restrictive eating has never been my thing, so 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!