Myasthenia Gravis (Online Training & Meal Planning)

I always considered myself a healthy, well-balanced and active person. I love working out, I am a HUGE adrenaline junkie (sky diving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, etc) and I eat healthy. One day, that all changed.  At 23 years old, I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Myasthenia Gravis, it’s an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, which leads to muscle weakness and fatigue. In my case, for every repetitive action (any action) I would lose 10% of my strength.  My symptoms started out very small, drooping eyelid or weakness in my hands.  By the time I was officially diagnosed, my symptoms had increased, I couldn’t do basic tasks! I had difficulties brushing my hair and teeth, swallowing, chewing, walking, talking, double vision etc.  I went from being an independent, active young adult, who could run 5 miles in 40 minutes, to what felt like an 80 year old woman who couldn’t do simple tasks on her own, barely could climb a flight of stairs and relied on outside help for almost everything.  Imagine how that would make you feel and I felt that same feeling, maybe even worse.  I listened to the medical advice and went on a whirlwind of medications and did what was necessary in attempt to improve my condition.  I remained as active as I could, even if it was just walking on a treadmill for 5 minutes, I had an amazing boyfriend (now husband) who encouraged me, helped me and kept pushing me forward.

Now let’s fast forward 6 years to today!! I learned one thing from my condition, the more active I am, the better I feel and less symptoms occur.  It’s kinda weird, I know.  About 5 months ago, my doctors were amazed at the current progress of my condition.  I was improving every time they were seeing me, which is good and the rate of improvement was “impressive” (according to my neurologist).  When I started training with Emily, I was already used to a gym routine with weights and cardio, yet I was opened up to a whole new world of fitness.  The diet plan in itself made me think, “what did I get myself into” and the workouts were “killer.”  After the first month of training, Emily never left my side.  Constantly checking in, making sure I was doing ok and adjusted the plan as necessary to my current needs.  When she says these plans are customized, she’s not kidding, they are!!  Emily kept encouraging me, sometimes giving me the “tough love” necessary to succeed and for that, I’m truly grateful.  Today, I’m on my way to my first WBFF Competition and Emily is right here with me.  I bombard her with 100’s of questions and she answers every single one, her positivity is off the charts and she not only is my trainer but a mentor.

I went back to my neurologist 3 months into my program and my neurologist basically stated I was in “remission” and my medications could slowly be reduced to lower dosages.  I am lifting weights that I never thought I would lift and am at the peak of my performance.  I never imagined I would ever see myself get to this point, especially since my doctor’s at the very beginning stated, that I would never be as active as I once was and needed to slow down.  With Emily’s help, a proper nutrition and a solid workout plan, I was able to prove them wrong!! I love it, when I can do that.

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