JillFit Client Vanessa Lynn just completed the 12 Week Competition Nutrition and Training plans and made an incredible physique transformation. However, more importantly, Vanessa came to terms with her health in many other ways. Read on as Vanessa shares with us some personal challenges, as well as how a new nutrition program helped her turn over a new leaf and overcome some past demons. This is an incredible, inspirational story! Thank you for sharing Vanessa! ox
For the past several years, I had been playing a game of Russian Roulette with my health- and not in the way that most people would think. See, I am a certified personal trainer and nutrition counselor, and even though I took great care of my body at the gym, I wasn’t taking great care of it internally.
Most people had no idea that I was prescribed a severely addicting medication in 2007 that almost killed me. Back then, I thought that I ‘needed’ this medication, and so began a 2-year, horrific downward spiral of hospital visits, severe adrenal fatigue, dehydration, extreme weight loss, blood pressure problems, bleeding gums and skin, horrible depression each hour that I wasn’t taking a pill…and so many more issues. I eventually decided I needed to save my own life (because the doctors surely weren’t going to) and I quit the medication cold-turkey against a doctor’s advice.
I endured 6-8 months of pure HELL as I went through withdrawals from this: sleep paralysis, night terrors, depression, teeth and jaw pain, and weight gain! Even worse, I was still experiencing some of this a year later when I decided to contact Jill. I came to her lost, hopeless, sad, irritated, confused, and weak. Between the withdrawals and my diet, I was beat down and couldn’t take any more.
I decided to sign up for the 12-week competition diet and workout plan because I needed a challenge, and Jill hooked me up with my coach, Tara Ballard, who immediately went to work for me. After discussing my goals and my food diary, Tara designed a perfect diet for me that worked with my schedule. After the first week, I literally stopped all lingering withdrawal symptoms, had my first week of wonderful sleep, and I then knew that this was the decision that was going to save my life. I went from a typical “healthy” diet of cereals, sandwiches, nuts, and whole grains to a fat loss diet of chicken breast, green veggies, oat bran, and white fish. I was finally on my way to looking and feeling the way I knew I should! October 11, 2010 I started out weighing 140lbs and was about a size 7 in pants. Jan 8, 2011, I weighed in at 120lbs and I am now a size 3!
There will never be enough words to explain my gratefulness to Jill and her team, and the Metabolic Effect for continually supporting me and encouraging me during a very dark time in my life. They never gave up on me even when I had almost given up on myself. Now here I am, a whole new chapter in my life, free of medication, depression, side effects, and pain! And I owe it all to the Jillfit team!! Thank you!!!
Vanessa! Lean, mean and beautiful! And a total sweetheart! :) Look at that butt! :)