Missy’s Journey

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      I think I have always been into keeping fit, though I have a hard time being excited about fitness. I understand the mechanics and benefits of exercise, but am one of those people that if a fit body was something that happened, I would prefer that (just being honest).

      I have lifted weights since I was a teenager. I was part of the Fresno State NCAA Equestrian team from 1997-2000. Being fit was important in my life for many reasons since then. I was a proficient skateboarder and snowboarder for the better part of my 20s and 30s. I struggle with depression and with fibromyalgia, and working out is an important tool to managing symptoms.

      Since 2017, I have had 2 kids. After my first, I immediately bounced back with the help of my personal trainer. But in trying to get pregnant with my second, I had 2 miscarriages and struggled with continuing workouts because of the need for more bedrest.

      My youngest was born in December of 2019. Shortly after, I was hospitalized for Postpartum-Preeclampsia. For those that don’t know what that means, I was on the cusp of having a stroke as a result of my pregnancy. So my routine is non existent at this point. I was just starting postpartum physical therapy and workouts when the Covid-19 lockdown started…

      I am about 20 lbs over my goal of 130lbs. I look ok, but I feel very squishy and my clothes do not fit. It is part vanity that I want to look better, and more about allowing for my body to feel better and my mind to not be so stressed.

      Rather than pounds, I would like to focus on inches. I would like to loose 4 inches from my middle and 2 inches from my hips. I have a feeling that everything else will fall into place with that goal.

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