Imagine waking up every day terrified that someone was going to make fun of you because of the way you look. I'm not talking about a bad hair day or because your shirt is on backward—I'm talking about being born noticeably different and being self-conscious about it every second of the day.
That was me.
Being born with two fingers on my left hand and a shorter left arm was rough on me as a kid, physically and emotionally. From bullying to being left out of some activities like monkey bars, it was hard understanding that I was different. Depression, anxiety, and anger filled my head and led me down bad paths of drugs and drinking. Adding to the problem, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. As I sat in the hospital bed as the nurse was standing over me explaining to me how my life was going to permanently change, I couldn't stop thinking, Disabled and diabetic? Is this a joke? There has to be a reason for this.
I decided that I needed to help people in order to help myself stay on track, switching my major from political science and law to exercise science and health promotion. Over the last seven years, I've built a variety of successful fitness training programs and businesses, helping hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds. I now run a very successful online training business and travel the country as a keynote speaker, youth speaker, and overall inspirational speaker.
Here are five ways fitness saved my life: