Sunday, September 22, 2013



I have been so blessed to be able to watch women change their lives each month through fitness for the past 4 years. We have several amazing women who are now our chicks turned trainers! These ladies started as TFC chicks and found a love for fitness they did not know they had. Through our brand new "Chick Turned Trainer" blog series we will share their inspiring stories with you. We hope you enjoy! ~Melody

I've been "thin" my whole life. As a child, I competed in cheerleading & was always very active. At 23, I was pregnant w/a high-risk pregnancy that landed me hospitalized three times - two of which I almost lost my life. After my son was born, the trauma took over & I gained alot of weight. For someone who was always a size 3/5, my new size 14 was a huge difference. I was having chronic joint pain, chronic fatigue, & some really weird "flu-like" symptoms. I spent the next few years in & out of the hospital & doctor offices begging for answers that no one could seem to give me. After 3 yrs of this cycle, I was diagnosed w/Lupus, RA, & Sjogrens - autoimmune diseases that affect different parts of the body. They put me on "preventative" medication that caused me to feel weird, but I was able to lose the weight & get back to my "pre-pregnancy" size. But, I wasn't healthy & I still felt awful. Often, the pain would be so bad I couldn't get out of bed. I began to isolate myself from my friends. Finally, one day, I woke up & thought: "This isn't me. I've got to make a change". I decided Lupus was NOT going to take me - I was gonna take Lupus. I checked my email & saw a Groupon for TFC. A friend was a trainer & several of my friends took her class, but I always made excuses & hid behind my symptoms. Not this time! I signed up & began class. I was hooked after the first week!! I signed up for another 6 months, & after 3 months noticed that I hadn't had any major flares, my joint pain was decreasing & my energy levels were increasing. This, literally, was saving my life! I decided right then & there that I had a mission to share this with others. I knew there are many people who suffer from situations similar to mine & I felt a burning desire to help them. So, I got certified in June 2013 & am ready & excited to "pay it forward" through leading this camp just as my trainer did for me.

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