The best success stories arrive in the most unexpected ways!
One of my December challengers was struggling with being consistent with her exercise due to a variety of things from some personal matters and a VERY hectic work schedule … on top of it being the holidays. The challenge was an opportunity for her to FOCUS and get back on track. Working out to ChaLEAN Extreme and drinking Shakeology every day, I followed up with her progress within our challenge Facebook group along with private messages. About mid-way through the 30-day challenge she she shared with me that she had Crohn’s Disease and Shakeology was giving her RELIEF and CONTROL like nothing else had before. I was stunned and very excited and asked if I could share her story on my blog.
You know what she told me, “Yes. Absolutely! This was no info the Dr’s could ever provide me so if it can help someone else then I am all for it!”
I’m SO HAPPY for her … and when Kelli emailed me her story, it brought happy tears to my eyes! I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s been able to receive help in way she never imagined!
So here’s Kelli’s story – directly from her!
“I began experiencing stomach irregularities and knew something about me was different then anyone else was around 7th grade. Every doctor I went to tested me for anemia, low blood sugar, thyroid issues, diabetes, and the regular string of blood tests. I was very underweight for my age but ate very normal. Every doctor said it had to be low blood sugar and passed it of as “I would grow out of it.” Around 11th and 12th grade I starting missing more school because I always felt sick, and was finally referred to a Gastroenterologist.
I went through every test known for upper GI, lower GI, and tests for my colon. No doctor could give me an exact diagnosis, but deferred it as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS). Still unsatisfied, I got a second and third opinion. I had documented my symptoms in a diary by time each and every day and documented what I ate. The third and last Gastroenterologist pulled my Mom aside after reviewing my file and all my tests and recommended I see a psychiatrist, as he felt that my symptoms couldn’t be diagnosed so my symptoms must be something equal to a psychological issue.
At that point I gave up….for five years. My stomach controlled my life. I missed parties, couldn’t eat the same foods as everyone else, experience extreme irregularity, and at the same time, I worked out 6 days a week as a college athlete and ate very healthy. In many circumstances, this could control IBS symptoms. Yet, nothing got better. I struggled through 4 years of multitasking 5am workouts, 18 credit hours, and working 30 hours a week. Yet, nothing got better.
I moved to Florida from Michigan for graduate school and decided to give it one more shot. I did a lot of reading on Crohn’s and knew medicine had advanced in the last five years. The first Gastroenterologist I went to, now knowing that during the appointment I was experiencing a ‘flair up’ was quickly able to diagnose me. Up until 2 months ago, I took my medicine to control my disease, but just could not gain remission.
I met Vanessa through a Bootcamp class, that up until now, I would not know how impactful this avenue would be. I recently joined a small group run by Beachbody Coach Vanessa and I started the ChaLean Extreme challenge that included a product drank daily called Shakeology. After two weeks I noticed immediate results. I was regular, not getting sick as frequently, and finally starting to control my Crohn’s without it controlling me. After four weeks, I can’t start my day without it and am finally feeling like there is hope at the end of the tunnel. With my medicine, ShakeO, and living a healthy lifestyle, I am finally in control.”