~ Overcoming a life-threatening 7 months in hospital to feeling better than ever.
joined September 2018.
From 83.8kgs to 68.8kgs...
In early 2017 I had been travelling through South East Asia for 3 months when suddenly I became very ill. I quickly learned that I had suffered from a pulmonary embolism which resulted in me having 7 large blood clots etched into my right lung.
There was a short moment of time at this stage where doctors informed me and my family that we needed to ‘prepare ourselves’ because 7 blood clots to the lung are quite a serious thing. But I bounced back! And then I had one hell of a journey to follow.
Initially, I spent 7 months in hospital, 1 year in rehab and 1.5 years on the most insane amount of medication (I'm talking about one of those large Ziplock size bags full of meds). I also had 7 specialists in total and had to see them on an average every 3 days. All in all, though, I was one of the lucky ones and I'm incredibly thankful for that.
'I spent 7 months in hospital, 1 year in rehab and 1.5 years on the most insane amount of medication. I also had 7 specialists in total and had to see them on an average every 3 days.
During my recovery, I had so many limitations to what I could and couldn’t do. Exercising was completely off the cards and I was generally too exhausted to do anything else, so I turned to emotional eating. The more I ate, the more weight I gained and the more mentally unstable I became, and it was a vicious cycle that I couldn’t seem to break.
When I had finally recovered and parted ways from my specialists and rehabilitation, I had been given no limitations on how I should train/exercise either.
The problem I was having though was that I was super scared, anxious and paranoid and I felt so incredibly lost. I had just spent 18 months being very closely monitored by medical professionals and then all of a sudden, I was cut loose from them and allowed back into the real world. I was happy but I also couldn't handle it.
I initially tried my own little home workouts and I joined a gym....it was important for me to try and keep exercising to improve my lung and heart function but also because in that year I had packed on 15kgs. Trying to work-out this way was short-lived because of how unhappy and unmotivated I was and not to mention all-round scared to even go for a walk on my own in case something was to happen.
Then one day I was on Facebook and the post for the 13-week challenge with MBPN popped up. I was so incredibly nervous about joining and I really didn't think it would help me much but considering how my mental and physical state was, I was willing to give anything a try.
Fast forward to 1 year on with Ellen, Maddison and all the incredible girls at MBPN and I am so bloody grateful that I made that leap! I don’t think there are enough words to describe how much better I am today than what I was 12 months ago. I can breathe better on my own again and my lung function has improved by 12% in this time. I’m stronger, healthier, profoundly happier, I am growing more confident each day and I feel like my body and my soul are becoming one again.
My anxiety is lower, and I am NOT afraid to be anywhere alone anymore. I feel I have vast knowledge on nutritional eating now and I actually enjoy eating healthy foods!
I originally made it my goal to lose the 15kgs that I had gained and today I achieved that goal! But what makes me even happier is that throughout this journey, I have been guided, educated and supported to be able to feel comfortable in my own skin and accept me for as I am rather than what a number on the scale says.
I never thought there was a gym in the world that could make me feel fulfilled and excited to be a part of. But then again, this isn’t just a gym, it’s this magical space that has always and will always accept me for who I am and support me through all my goals and achievements. I am always blown away by the knowledge I have gained from being here and feel so incredibly blessed to have you all in my life. My advice to others who are scared or apprehensive towards the work…don’t be. There is nothing that you cannot do, and we will always be there to cheer you on along the way.
I am forever in love with you all.
~ Ash xx
'I never thought there was a gym in the world that could make me feel fulfilled and excited to be a part of, but then again, this isn't just a gym, it'a magical space that has always and will always accept me for who I am.'
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joined June 2019.
"At my heaviest, I was 179.9kgs.
I remember waking up one night gasping for air because my chest and chins were choking me while I slept, despite already being propped up by 3 pillows. I remember thinking, I need to something or I won't be around much longer to see my son grow up.
That night I jumped on the treadmill to manage only 13 minutes before my back hurt so much I had to stop.
This was a normal occurrence in my life, being out of breath and having to stop regularly because my knees and back were hurting so bad - grocery shopping and simply walking too and from the car.