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From Bed-Ridden to Stage Ready

From Bed-Ridden to Stage Ready

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I have long dealt with Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoarthritis. After I had back surgery 4yrs ago, I was diagnosed with Systemic Fibromyalgia. The pain was horrific, and still is sometimes, but it will never beat me. My journey to wellness has been life-changing...

In March of 2009 I hit rock bottom. It was all I could do to get out of bed in the morning. Between the excruciating pain, and horrible depression that goes along with the chronic pain, I was in a dark, downhill spiral. I was taking a lot of pain meds, but nothing was working. However, deep down, I knew that was not what my life was meant to be at 30 years old.

I started slow in a heated therapy pool. I left the hour-long class after only 20 minutes for the first week. I was in tears every time I hobbled out the door. It definitely got worse before it got better, but it DID get better. It took about 8 weeks til I was walking good again.

I stuck with it and began light weight training and cardio. I could only lift about 10lbs but I kept going. I continued to get stronger and more mobile. On the outside, it looked like I was perfectly healthy! I even decreased my pain meds by @ 80%!

One day I mentioned to a trainer at the gym that it would be awesome to be a Figure Competitor. Her response: "I don't think you can build that kind of muscle with Fibromyalgia." That was all I needed! It took over a year, and is still a work in progress, but I've proven her wrong! I'm determined to only move forward...NEVER back to that dark place.

Author: Brandi McAtee
i1tiger@hotmail.com

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What an inspiring story Brandi! I would love to hear more about your current diet and exercise program to keep you on track.
--fabeditor

So inspirational! Keep up the amazing work! :)
--mylene

Thank you! I actually do more low carb/ketosis type diets. I did low carb, low fat, high protein for my 1st few shows and just felt horrible. I knew I would be a little puney, but my Fibro was unbearable for the week or 2 afterward. On the high fat, high protein, low carb (with weekly carb-load) I feel great. I do up my meds as I lean out, since my meds are stored in body fat and I don't have much by then, but overall I feel a lot better on this diet.
My weight training is a 6-day split. Pretty much I train to positive failure every set with 2-4 min rest periods. I've put on 9lbs of muscle since January!
--i1tiger

Brandi..you are a beautiful woman!

--ajkolb

Thank you for sharing your story Brandi! You are an inspiration!
--Elaine

Thank you!!!
--i1tiger

Brandi my Sister, YOU ROCK! You didn't let pain control your life, blessings to you! Keep up the great work, it shows. :)
--Vonni

YOU are SO incredible Brandi! NEVER let anyone set YOUR limits...NEVER stop!!!
--Mrs.H

AWWW!Your story is amazing! I lovethat you low-carb too! I have found that's what works best for me! Congrats on your wonderful journey!

--landria

AWWW!Your story is amazing! I lovethat you low-carb too! I have found that's what works best for me! Congrats on your wonderful journey!

--landria

Oh,Brandi! You have no idea how I have struggled for years with Fibro and recently have had a desire to compete. Thank you for your story! Today was an especially bad day for me and you've renewed my passion! What a blessing!!
--RobinGu

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