Sport and exercise have always been a big part of my life. At the age of 4, I learnt how to swim. Since then I've played Netball, Baseball, Softball and enjoyed challenging myself at the gym with weights and CrossFit.
For the first 20+ years of my life I was fortunate to not have any major injuries, despite always being active and playing sport. That was until January 2019 when I broke my finger (had to have surgery) and then July 2019 when I hyperextended my knee (took 2 years to rehab).
During the injuries I really struggled with my mental health. I didn’t know who I was if I couldn’t play Softball or exercise the way I used to – I lost my identity. I spent months feeling down, lost and completely stuck, thinking I was never going to heal properly or play Softball again.
I felt betrayed by my body, I hated how vulnerable and weak it felt. I turned to food to make me feel better and I isolated myself from friends and family.
Eventually I reached a turning point where I decided enough was enough. I was fed-up feeling sorry for myself and that things had to change. I started to see a counsellor to help with my mental health. I listened to podcasts, read books on personal growth/health and rehabbed my body through online programs.
Through consistent daily effort I started to notice small improvements in the months that followed. I was in less pain, I felt better and stronger in my body. And most importantly I had hope again- that my body could heal and get better.
It was this that inspired me to become a health and life coach so that I could help others in a similar situation.