I first contacted Claudia for personal training when I realized I was at the most unhealthiest point of my life. A little about me! I had been fit all of my life. Very involved in sports – track, cross country, basketball… and more recently races – 5k, 10k and half marathons. I thrived on competition as a huge motivator. I have a 10 year old son and have been with my boyfriend for going on 8 years… these boys have completed my life. 4 years ago I was hospitalized for due to a viral attack on my pericardium (the sack around the heart) which caused shortness of breath and chest pain. I was in full training for a half marathon – with just a month to go before the race. It was one of those freakish things that you’d never expect to happen. I had finished a routine training run and couldn’t seem to catch my breath. I was having pain in my back between my shoulder blades… I thought I had strained myself somehow. I had a perfect bill of health, normal low bp and a low resting heart rate… doctors didn’t know how I could have ended up with this. I was out of commission for three full weeks and several months before I was cleared by the Cardiologist. After six months of medications and finally getting fired by my Cardiologist, I started to run again. The following year I had to have knee surgery as I had tears in both medial and lateral meniscus. My knee was unable to handle the constant pressure of running. I had gone to physio, tried to train on my own… nothing was working – I gave up. Over the last year I had gained so much weight. I was so depressed and disappointed in what I had let happen and I felt as though I had lost myself completely. 34 and I had given up. Fast forward to October 2017- I emailed Claudia and we met for the first time. Claudia gave me the push I needed and has helped me change my life. I signed up for 12 sessions and went 2 times a week for weight training and coaching and commit to running 2-3 days outside. Claudia set me up with a strict but totally easy to follow meal plan. I now go to the gym with my boyfriend 2-3 times each week and work on muscle conditioning (using the plan from Claudia) as well as 2-3 days of long distance running. I have now lost 15 lbs, many inches and gained so much lean muscle since I started my journey in October!! I feel like I’m back in control and I am excited to see where I go from here!