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Day 28 of my Journey in the “Lifestyle Initiative” Program

There are not enough words in the English Dictionary to describe the gratitude I have for all the wonderful staff at 4 Points Health & Wellness.

Only after such a short time…I already feel like I am part of a family/community and that’s exactly what I needed. It took me almost a week to submit my application for this program. I was so ashamed, embarrassed of my life situations, body & mind. My life had hit rock bottom x 10 & I was a complete mess.

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Shelley at Fitfest, Feb 2018

These past two years, have been the hardest in my entire life, there is nothing that we didn’t have to face or go through; my son’s burn accident, his diagnosis of Epilepsy, my daughter diagnosis of Juvenile Arthritis/Uvetitis, financial problems, closure of our business, family mental health issues, family addictions, family death, countless surgeries…. THE LIST keeps on going & going for a mile long. I could never catch a break, every time one issue would be dealt with another would arise. I consider myself a strong individual and can take a lot…BUT MY BODY & MIND couldn’t anymore.

I was exhausted & physically shutting down.

I suffered 2 years with many of my own health issues; IBS, Insomnia, chronic knee/back/neck pain, chronic fatigue, no appetite, high amounts of stress, mood disorders and the “D” word I hate (depression). I WAS so tired, I could barely function. MY body was telling me to STOP but I knew I had to keep going.

When I got the phone call from 4 Points, I was actually at the hospital (again) with my daughter for her appendix surgery. I COULDN’T believe I was 1 of the 4 that was selected. I was sooooo happy I couldn’t stop crying. Alyssa & Stephanie told me…”It’s now our time to take care of you”…. I’ve never had anyone say that to me before. I was completely in SHOCK.

A month has passed…and it hasn’t been easy but all the gains I’ve had IS TOTALLY WORTH IT! I know I have many more goals to hit & more improvements to make. BUT I am totally not ashamed of where I am today. My goal from the beginning was to celebrate daily victories, make myself a priority & not to beat myself up for what I miss. Though my schedule is completely hectic & jammed with hospital/doctor visits, it feels so good to finally have dedicated time for myself.

What my 4 points health & wellness schedule looks like in a typical week?

Monday- Personal Training with Andrea

Tuesday- Afternoon- Chiropractor Appointment with Dr.Brett | Evening-YIN YOGA with Shauna (MY NEW FAVOURITE THING TO DO) 1.5 hours of quietness and still movement

Wednesday- Group fitness class with Alyssa (my coach)

Thursday- 6am Personal Training with Andrea | Afternoon- Chiropractor

Friday- Neurofeedback with Stephanie Followed by Yin Yoga with Alyssa

Saturday- DAY OFF (FAMILY DAY)

Sunday- Alternate weeks

WEEK 1 – YOGA FLOW

Week 2 – Mobility Release with Randy

After only 3 weeks of Chiro adjustments, aside from the pain & soreness, I am finally able to stand straight. I feel less tension in my knee, allowing me to do movements that I wasn’t able to before, and my neck no longer stiffens & locks on me. Thank you Brett. Having Yin Yoga in my schedule twice a week, I’ve seen a huge improvement with my flexibility, I can finally touch my hands to the floor bent over.

Haven’t been able to do that for YEARS! #winwin

The practice has effected me very emotionally and is clearing a lot from the inside. The calmness coming into my life is mind-blowing, and unable to explain the feeling. I have lost 3 lbs this month (which is always awesome) its no longer what I am focusing on. The number to me doesn’t matter but how I feel overall does. My personal training/group workouts have been challenging; its hard to start from scratch again. Everything is challenging, tiring & sore.

BUT I am finally starting to see the wins. I AM SO happy to be able to do squats with little to no pain. #win Food has always been an issue for me; not eating enough, skipping meals, not prepping food & going long periods of time without eating because I was busy. I’ve tried lots of diets & I hated all of them. MY goal with Nutrition was not to diet, I didn’t want my children seeing me count calories, or cutting out foods I liked because “I needed to lose weight”. I AM not dieting I AM Living a healthy lifestyle. Overall in just a month, I FEEL FANTASTIC. I am ok with where I am today & excited for whats to come. The “Shelley” I lost…is coming back. I am finally sleeping a full 6 hours at a time, eating 4-5 meals a day, little pain & I AM becoming a happier person again.

I COULDN’T have done any of this without my team at 4 Points Health & Wellness.

THANK YOU! Thanks for listening & following my journey. I hope by sharing my story, struggles & live experiences can help someone that feels the same. My Mantra for the next 5 months… “THIS JOURNEY IS A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT”!

– Shelley xo

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