I’m living proof of the power of clean eating and moving every day.
I wasn’t always “into” fitness. In fact, as a child, I hated PE class, I was picked last for every team, and I was teased that I “ran like a chicken.” But then I found long-distance running. I came to love the sensation of losing my thoughts as my feet drummed on the pavement, over and over.
I felt free. Like I could fly.
I developed a sense of confidence and body awareness that has served me to this day.
I continued living an active lifestyle and graduated from college and post-graduate studies as a Doctor of Physical Therapy… A career that would allow me to move MY body, and to teach others how to feel better using the healing power of movement.
Then two things happened that changed my life.
1. My anxiety and depression got worse and worse.
I experienced some very dark moments… Moments (and feelings) that I will never forget. The only thing that could pull me out of these hard times was physical activity — usually walking. I’d walk for hours, until the dark clouds lifted and the endorphins come flooding in. They say that exercise is more effective than anti-depressants; I concur!
Ultimately, I learned that the primary issue behind my mood disorder was the standard American diet that I had eaten my entire life. When I turned my diet around, my brain fog and depression lifted and I was able to shine again… But more on that later.
2. I had a baby.
After my son was born, I was appalled to see saggy skin where a toned tummy had once been. Desperate to return to my former level of fitness I started running three weeks postpartum, long before my midwife cleared me to participate in such strenuous exercise. My body wasn’t ready for the high impact of running, and I paid for it with aching knees from ligaments that were still soft and loose from pregnancy, as well as bladder leakage and mild pelvic organ prolapse.
Inspired by my own difficulties, I developed a comprehensive core strengthening program for myself that eventually became the groundwork for FemFusion Fitness. It improved my bladder control, flattened my tummy, and my prolapse symptoms disappeared.
Having a baby opened my eyes to the powerful message that women’s bodies have special needs (and challenges)… We are NOT small men! Specialized treatment is essential particularly when it comes to the postpartum period (and the postpartum period is FOR LIFE after you’ve given birth).
Furthermore, my postpartum experience revealed my own power of influence. My lifestyle and health choices no longer affected just ME, they impacted my child as well.
Although I was active, educated, and considered myself to be generally healthy, I still had a long way to go for the sake of my family and myself. My anxiety and depression remained a problem throughout the first few years of my son’s life. My darkest moment was when I found myself on the floor of my toddler son’s bedroom, curled into a ball, hysterically crying due to feelings of crushing and inexplicable sadness. I remember my tiny boy (who was just learning to talk) tenderly touching my shoulder, saying “what’s wrong, mommy?”
I will never forget that day. It was NOT my shining moment.
Thus began a very personal journey into a fascinating and important topic: the effects of LIFESTYLE on health and happiness.
I got to work. I uncovered sneaky food sensitivities and I turned my diet (and my health) around. The sunshine came back into my voice and my life. I kept walking and added more yoga and dance into my daily movement routines. Later, I amplified my sunshine by detoxing my home and personal care products via all-natural essential oils. I stopped the antidepressants, and I was able to shine again!
In 2009 I took my message out of the clinic and into the public with my FemFusion® Fitness group fitness classes. I expanded my services by offering private health coaching and my book, Lady Bits.
My passion, my vision, and my dream is to help women heal their bodies naturally via self-care, healthful nutrition, and safe and effective fitness. It’s a holistic way of living that will change your body and your life, and it’s contagious! When you shine brighter, others will notice your brilliance. They’ll say, “what’s your secret?” And then the student becomes the teacher… It’s a beautiful ripple effect.
I truly believe that my “eat clean, move every day message” can help change the world.
Can it help you?
Well, if your body aches from the daily stresses of work and schlepping kids around… If you want to feel toned and confident the next time you’re in a swimsuit… If you’re ready to enjoy better health and more energy… Then YES. You’re in the right place.
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I believe that healthy living can — and should — be FUN… Not “punishment,” scarily competitive, hard on your body, deprivation, or a chore. FemFusion programs are balanced, safe, and effective to keep you injury-free and feeling great. From achieving a flat belly and lifted buttocks to improved bladder control, I’ve got what you need.
There are no “one size fits all” diet and exercise plans, but there is one simple rule that applies to everyone:
“Eat clean, move every day, SHINE BRIGHTER!”
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~Dr. Bri, PT, DPT