Following a series of unfortunate events, I sacrificed my needs including my health so that I could devote myself to caring for other people. During this time I ended up having three spine surgeries. Not working wasn't an option. Pain pills were addicting, made me feel sick all the time, and only ended up making the pain worse. Injections were temporary and caused scar tissue which came with a whole new set of problems. It was actually my surgeon who said, "You can't change genetic spine problems, but you can slow the progression if you want to dedicate yourself to an exercise program and proper nutrition." Of course, no one wants to hear proper diet and exercise is the answer but I hired a personal trainer anyway. Needless to say, that really was the answer, and it completely changed my life. My pain is minimal and only treated with OTC meds, I am stronger than ever, I feel healthier overall, I look better, have way more confidence, and I actually, for the first time in years, started sleeping. It was such a profound change in my life for the good that I knew I had to share that knowledge with other people. My trainer pointed me in the right direction to get my personal training and nutrition certifications and so began my journey. This journey led me to JDFit where I have learned so much and am proud to be working with some of the best trainers in the industry. I walk out of work every day feeling so satisfied that we are making a difference and getting to watch it happen in real-time. I am still helping people, but now more effectively, armed with knowledge, and no longer sacrificing myself.