This is long... and I'm #SorryNotSorry for it, but I felt compelled to share my story with you!
I received a msg (and got the okay to share) and the basis of it was, "But, Heather, you've always been skinny and in shape! I can't do what you do because I'm so out of shape." But the truth is... that's not true at all!
I was in a car accident and it was significant. If you've been following me for a while, you know how this has impacted my life, but for those of you who are new to my page, and to me, I'll tell you a little bit about it. I was hit from behind by someone going over 100mph, my car spun across all the lanes of traffic before finally hitting the concrete divider on the other side.
I had closed head trauma, a hard time distinguishing left from right, I did physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, myofacial therapy, rolfing, corticosteroid injections.... pretty much anything you could imagine, but NOTHING lasted. I couldn't stand for long periods of time, walking was tough, I spent most of the day in bed. I was in pain every moment of every day.
My before picture was the aftermath of that. I gained a lot of weight because I wasn't happy, I was in so much pain, I couldn't move in the normal ways, I struggled... daily. I have very few pictures where I'm not covering my midsection out of embarrassment.
That's when I turned to working out. It was an at-home cardio kickboxing that started things off for me. I chose it because it had a standing ab portion so I tried it- just the standing portion- in super short intervals, as long as I could stand which was sometimes 30 secs or less, until I could finally do the entire standing portion. Then I moved to the floor portion and did that in small increments until I could finally do all of that. Then I was able to combine the two and do 20 minutes of ab work... what all that did was strengthen my core which really is the root of all your strength!
Fast forward today and you wouldn't even know that I ever had these issues. I still struggle sometimes, but I have FAR more good days than bad days & I am SO thankful for that! The car accident set my life in motion towards what it is now! *CT'D IN COMMENTS*