In November 2016 I found out I was pregnant but my joy was short lived. On the same day my husband and I saw the heartbeat, I was rushed into emergency surgery due to it being an ectopic pregnancy. We lost our baby and I lost myself. While it only took a few weeks to recover physically from the surgery, emotionally it took much longer.
The next year was one of the most trying, losing another pregnancy and going through fertility treatments. My body and mind were beat up. I gave up caring about myself and my body showed it. It wasn’t until my brother-in-law’s wedding in October of 2017 that I realized how far I had fallen. I was in the wedding and when I ordered the bridesmaid dress, I ordered it for the size I would be in case I was pregnant since I was going through fertility treatments.
I wasn’t pregnant and yet the dress didn’t need to be taken in. I was the biggest I had been in my entire life. The week we got back from the wedding I went to my first Orangetheory Fitness South Austin class.
"For the first time in a long time I felt in control. I felt excited about something. I was hooked."
4 months later I’m still going strong and can’t imagine not having OTF in my life. I have found myself again and enjoy getting up each day for my 7:30 am class. The coaches truly care about each person and their energy is contagious.
I am currently participating in the Transformation Challenge and it has been amazing seeing my results, not just on the scale, but in my endurance, strength and overall health. I feel like a different person. I care about myself again and it feels great.
As my husband and I prepare to become adoptive parents, I am looking forward to continuing my OTF journey. I’m going to need all the energy I can get in order to keep up with our new addition!
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